Thank you for getting the #JabDone
Thank you. Thank you to the community for getting the #JabDone. Thank you to all healthcare workers across vaccination hubs, testing sites, hospitals, allied health, GP clinics, pharmacies and community health services. Thank you to all levels of government. Thank you to multicultural services and bicultural workers. Thank you to community leaders who supported vaccination efforts – across faith groups, sporting clubs, local business, education providers and community groups.
Vaccination rates across our region are going up by the day. Let’s keep it going until our whole community is protected!
Thank you. Be proud of your efforts. #JabDone
COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 5-11 begin on Monday 10 January. To attend our Melton or Sunshine vaccination hubs, book online at https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au or call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.
Pfizer will be provided to 5-11 year olds and they will receive a smaller dose of the vaccine created specifically for their age group.
As of 4 January, the interval between the second vaccine dose and booster dose is four months. From 31 January, the interval will move to three months.
You are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose if you are 18 years and older and had your second dose of your primary dose course of COVID-19 vaccination at least four months ago.
Booster doses are not mandatory; however,they are recommended to maintain immunity against COVID-19.
- Three COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna) have been approved for use in Australia. You can choose which one you wish to receive.
- Western Health hubs will be administering Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines.
- You need at least two separate doses (injections) of the vaccine to give you the best protection against vaccination COVID-19.
- The first two doses need to be given a few weeks apart. Effective from Monday 4 October, state-run vaccination centres will administer the second dose of Pfizer vaccine at least three weeks after the first dose.
- The vaccines are free. This includes for Australian citizens, permanent residents, refugees, people seeking asylum, temporary and provisional visa holders (including international students and temporary migrants).
- The vaccines are voluntary – you can choose if you want to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The more people who are vaccinated, the more protected our community will be.
The best person to talk to if you have concerns about your health and getting the COVID-19 vaccine is your doctor/general practitioner (GP).
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine:
- reduces your risk of getting sick with COVID-19
- protects you against becoming very sick if you do get COVID-19
- helps to protect your friends, family and community.
If most people are vaccinated, the virus can’t spread as easily. This also protects people who can’t get vaccinated.
You should not have the flu vaccine at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine.
On 9 June 2021, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) issued updated advice on the relative timing of administering influenza vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines in 2021.
The preferred minimum interval between a dose of influenza vaccine and a dose of either Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is now 7 days (previously 14 days).
The Australian Government has provided the following information to help people who are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine prepare for their first appointment:
- Information on COVID-19 Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine
- Information on COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine
- Information on COVID-19 Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine
- Preparing for COVID-19 vaccination
- Consent form
- After your COVID-19 Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccination
- After your COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccination
- After your COVID-19 Moderna (Spikevax) vaccination
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People will need to wear a face mask and be COVIDSafe when they’re in a vaccination hub, unless they have a lawful reason not to.
It is very important to remember that people should not attend a vaccination hub if:
- they have COVID-19 symptoms
- they are a close contact, or
- have been told to isolate.
Even if a person has a booked appointment, they should NOT attend a vaccination hub if they have even slight symptoms and instead should get tested and isolate.
The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service is now offering an in home vaccination service.
The Western Public Health Unit provides health care and contact tracing support to COVID positive patients in the north western metropolitan region. Their website outlines what to do if you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19.
National Coronavirus Helpline:
1800 020 080
Translating & Interpreting Service:
1800 643 787
National Speech & Hearing Relay Service: