COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic: Phase 2a

Victoria Harbour Medical Centre is an approved COVID-19 general practice vaccination clinic.

Current phase of COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Phase 2a

This is a Bulk Billed service for eligible Medicare card holders only.

We stock the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine only. We do not stock the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.

On the 08/04/2021 the Australian Department of Health advised that vaccination with the COVID-19 Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine is now preferred over the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine for people < 50 years old.  This is because of emerging evidence of an extremely rare but serious side effect involving blood clotting following the first dose of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.  In adults aged > 50 years old, where the benefits of protection against COVID-19 infection are likely to outweigh the risks of the side effects, the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine can be used.  People who have received the first dose of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine with no major adverse reaction are strongly encouraged to receive the second dose of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine as planned, including if they are < 50 years old.

Based on Department of Health advice Victoria Harbour Medical Centre will now only be accepting appointments for Phase 1a, Phase 1b and Phase 2a eligible individuals who are > 50 years old. 

The individual benefit-to-risk balance of vaccination with the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine varies with age.  The COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine remains safe to be given to people > 50 years old and remains highly effective at preventing death and severe illness among people who have contracted COVID-19.

If you eligible and < 50 years old we recommend you FIRST book an appointment with one of our GPs to discuss your options for COVID-19 vaccination.  In some situations people < 50 years old might be recommended to receive the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.

Please note that the minimum interval between a dose of the Flu vaccine (including other vaccines) and the COVID-19 vaccine is 14 days.

Click here for further digital information from the Department of Health about the COVID-19 vaccine.  You can also call 24/7 the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline on tel 1800 020 080.

If you are > 50 years old and Phase 1a, Phase 1b or Phase 2a eligible you can book in for your Dose 1 or Dose 2 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in our dedicated clinic by:

Click here to use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to see in which phase you will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine is being made available in Australia in phases.  These phases have been identified using public health, medical and epidemiological evidence. This mean different groups of people will get the COVID-19 vaccine at different times.  The groups are Phase 1a, Phase 1b, Phase 2a, Phase 2b and Phase 3.  You may need to provide evidence of eligibility to your vaccination provider before you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

We are currently in Phase 2a.

The Phase 2a group will include:

  • Adults aged > 50 years old.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults aged 18-49 years*.
  • Other critical and high risk workers**.

The Phase 1b group will include:

  • Elderly adults aged > 70 years old.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55 years old.
  • Health care workers** not included in Phase 1a.
  • Critical and high risk workers** (eg: defence, emergency services and meat processing).
  • Adults > 18 years old with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability***.

In Victoria, Phase 1b group will also include**:

  • Residents of high risk accommodation.
  • Household contacts of high risk Phase 1a (hotel quarantine/ports of entry/borders workers).
  • Transport workers (public transport/commercial).
  • Correctional and detention service workers.
  • Corrections clients.

* Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now preferred over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for those aged < 50 years old.

** Proof of eligibility may be required.

*** Book an appointment with one of our GPs to discuss your medical condition eligibility.  This is a Bulk Billed service under Medicare.  Eligible medical conditions may include heart disease, severe respiratory conditions, diabetes, neurological conditions, immunocompromising conditions, kidney/renal disease or blood/haematological disorders.

We are currently conducting dedicated COVID-19 vaccination clinics every Tuesday and Thursday.  This will operate on an appointment system and is based on stock availability.  

Our COVID-19 vaccination clinic is available only to eligible people who hold a Medicare card.  This service is Bulk Billed.

Please download and bring your COVID-19 vaccine Consent Form to your appointment.

If you are new to our medical centre and attend for a COVID-19 vaccination, you may need to provide evidence of your eligibility (eg: medical history, occupation, age) before you can receive your COVID-19 vaccine.  This evidence can be an identification card, proof of current employment, a letter from your usual doctor, or by ensuring your My Health Record contains a current Shared Health Summary which we can access during your consultation.

We currently stock the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine. 

We do not stock the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for all people > 18 years old living in Australia, including:

  • all Medicare-eligible Australians
  • people currently residing in detention facilities, including those whose visas have been cancelled
  • all visa-holders, including refugees, asylum seekers, temporary protection visa holders, and those on bridging visas

While the Australian Government strongly supports vaccination, the COVID-19 is not mandatory and individuals may choose not to vaccinate.

Victoria Harbour Medical Centre can only provide a COVID-19 vaccine to Medicare eligible individuals.

Due to the Australian Government current funding model, people who are not eligible for Medicare will be unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through community general practice clinics including Victoria Harbour Medical Centre.  This means vaccine access for non-Medicare card holders can only be delivered by Victorian GP Respiratory Clinics or Victorian Department of Health managed high-volume vaccination centres You can also call the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline on 1800 020 080.

There are some things you can do to get ready for your COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Click here to find out what you should do before you get vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Click here to download a fact sheet about preparing for the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Click here for information about side effects and after care following your COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Click here to subscribe for email updates about to the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Book a Telehealth consultation with one of our GPs to discuss your concerns.
  • Call 24/7 the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline on tel 1800 020 080.

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine has been translated into multiple languages.

Click here to find information in your language

What is this side effect that everyone is talking about associated with the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine?  There is evidence of a likely link between the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine and an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia).  The recommendation from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is that use of  COVID-19 Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine is now preferred over COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine in adults < 50 years old who have not already had a first dose of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.

Is the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine safe?  Yes. The individual benefit-to-risk balance of vaccination with the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine varies with age. This balance is based on factors including the increased risk of complications from COVID-19 with increasing age and the potential lower risk of this very rare, but serious, adverse event with increasing age. ATAGI has recommended the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine remains safe to be given to people aged > 50 years old.

I have had my first dose of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine, what do I do now?  If you have had your first vaccine dose without this side effect or other serious adverse effects, you should receive your second dose as planned.

What if I am worried about side effects?  If you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about, book an appointment with your doctor.

I’m booked in for my first dose of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine, what do I do?  If you are an adult aged < 50 years old, you should only receive a first dose of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine where the benefit of receiving the vaccine clearly outweighs the risk in your individual circumstance. You may wish to discuss your individual benefit-to-risk balance with your doctor.  Generally, if you have not already received a first dose of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine, then the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine is preferred in adults aged < 50 years old.  Information about how to receive the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine will be available on the Department of Health website shortly.  If you are > 50 years old, you can still receive the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.