About vaccination

Before you book in for a COVID-19 vaccination, you can learn more about how safe, effective and essential they are for protecting us and those we care for. Getting vaccinated is the best way we can get back to the way of life we know and cherish.

Vaccination is free, safe and the best way to protect yourself, your family and the community. Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are highly effective in protecting people against severe illness, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

At our vaccination clinics, we administer the most appropriate vaccine for you. You cannot choose the vaccine you receive. The Victorian Government website provides up-to-date information for eligibility and which vaccine you can receive.

Vaccines are administered following the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI):

  • The  Pfizer vaccine is offered to people aged 12 to 59 years, and anyone eligible for a reserved Pfizer appointment regardless of their age.
  • The  AstraZeneca vaccine is offered to people aged 60 years and over, and people aged 18-39 years old if they provide informed consent on the risks, including thrombosis thrombocytopenia (TTS). Anyone aged 40-59 years old wishing to receive AstraZeneca must also provide informed consent.

Neither vaccine contains animal products or alcohol.

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About the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

The Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is the preferred vaccine for those aged 60 and above, but can be considered for 18 to 59 year olds where the benefits clearly outweigh the risk for that individual, and they can give informed consent based on an understanding of the risks and benefits.

Adults under 60 years who wish to proceed with booking for the AstraZeneca Vaccine should read the information provided by the Australian Government prior to booking. Our immunisers will ensure informed consent is obtained prior to vaccine administration.

If you are aged 60 and over and have medical reasons for requiring the Pfizer vaccine you must have a medical referral from VicSIS signed by a specialist. A GP, specialist or clinician must apply for the referral on your behalf; self-referrals are not accepted by VicSIS. Please note a direct referral from your GP alone cannot be accepted as Pfizer eligibility at our vaccination clinics.

People of any age who have had the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine without any serious adverse effects such as blood clots or anaphylaxis, can safely book in to be given the second dose.

Learn more about this vaccine, risks and potential side effects:

Speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

About the Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine

The Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine is the preferred vaccine for people aged 12 – 59 years.

Learn more about the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Frequently asked questions

Vaccination is strictly by appointment only for all vaccine types. Please make a booking to avoid disappointment.Learn more
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