About COVID-19 Vaccination

People who have a COVID-19 vaccination have a much lower chance of getting sick from the disease called COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccination is free. You choose whether to have the vaccination or not.

To be vaccinated you will get a needle in your arm. You need to have the vaccination two times on different days.  There are different brands of vaccine. You need to have the same brand of vaccine both times. The person giving you your vaccination will tell you when you need to have the second vaccination.

Medical experts have studied COVID-19 vaccines to make sure they are safe. Most side affects are mild and don't last long. As with any vaccine or medicine, there may be rare and/or unknown side affects.

You can tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects like a sore arm, headache, fever or any other side effect you are worried about. You may be contacted by SMS within the week after recieving the vaccine to see how you are feeling after vaccination.

Some people may still get COVID-19 after vaccination. So you must still follow public health precautions as required in your state or territory to stop the spread of COVID-19 including:

  • keep your distance - stay at least 1.5 meters away from other people
  • washing your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • wear a mask, if your state or territory has advised that you should
  • stay home if you are unwell with cold and flu like symptoms and arrange to get a COVID-19 test.

Vaccination providers record all vaccinations on the Australian Immunisation Register, as required by Australian law. You can view your vaccination record online through you:

  • On our website, click on the "Book Online" tab above on the far right hand side
  • Medicare account
  • MyGov account
  • My Health Record account

Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out to people in phases, with those most at risk receiving their vaccinations first.

To find out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine now, visit covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

You can then make a booking to receive your vaccine.

The Covid-19 vaccinations are voluntary and free.

When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can book online through our website.

Make sure you book an appointment for your first and second doses.

Before your vaccination appointment, you should make sure your details are up to date with Medicare.

If you don't have your account se up, you can:

  • enrol in Medicare, if you're not already enrolled.
  • set up your Medicare online account  if you're enrolled in Medicare, but don't have Medicare linked to myGov.
  • get an Individual Health Indentifier (IHI), if you're not eligible for Medicare.

You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination

Please do no come to your vaccination appointment:

  • if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
  • if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
  • if you are in quarantine

If you have had another vaccine, for example the influenza vaccination, in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.

To keep you and our community safe, before and after vaccination, it is important that you continue to:

  • Stay 1.5 meters away from other people and avoid handshakes and contat with people outside your household
  • Stay home if you feel unwell and get tested for COVID-19. You must stay at home until your results come back.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitser.
  • Always cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue and put the tissue in the bin straight away.
  • Download the COVID safe app to help health officials let you know if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, vist health.gov.au


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