AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

WE CURRENTLY DO NOT OFFER THE PFIZER COVID-19 VACCINE
If you are < 60 years old and eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine book online or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline on 1800 675 398

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

We stock the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine only for > 60 year olds. 

We currently DO NOT stock the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

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 > 60 years old.  People who have already received the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine with no major adverse reaction are strongly encouraged to receive the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as planned, including if they are < 60 years old.

On 17/06/2021 the Australian Department of Health advised the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now preferred over the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for adults aged 59 years old and under.  This revised age recommendation is because of a higher risk of an extremely rare but serious side effect involving thrombosis (blood clotting) with thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count) following the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in those aged under 60 years old.  The individual benefit-to-risk balance of vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine varies with age.  The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine remains safe to be given to people > 60 years old and is highly effective at preventing death and severe illness among people who have contracted COVID-19. 

If you eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and < 60 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 < 60 years old might be recommended to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Please note that the minimum interval between a dose of the Flu vaccine (including other vaccines) and the COVID-19 vaccine now is 7 days*.

Click here for further digital information from the Department of Health about the COVID-19 vaccine.  You can also call the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline on tel 1800 675 398.

You should NOT attend our vaccination clinic if:

  • you have COVID-19 symptoms, or
  • you have been told to isolate, or
  • you are a close contact

If you have a booked appointment and you are unwell DO NOT attend the vaccination clinic. Even if you have slight symptoms you should get a COVID-19 test and isolate until you have a negative result.

If you are > 60 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:

You should not attend a vaccination centre if:

  • you have COVID-19 symptoms, or
  • you have been told to isolate, or
  • you are a close contact

If you have a booked appointment and you are unwell you should NOT attend a vaccination centre. Even if you have slight symptoms you should get a COVID-19 test and isolate until you have a negative result.

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, Wednesday 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 only.  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.

You should not attend a vaccination centre if:

  • you have COVID-19 symptoms, or
  • you have been told to isolate, or
  • you are a close contact

If you have a booked appointment and you are unwell you should NOT attend a vaccination centre. Even if you have slight symptoms you should get a COVID-19 test and isolate until you have a negative result.

We currently stock the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine. 

We currently 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 Vaccination centreYou can book an appointment online or call the Victorian COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline on 1800 675 398.

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 the Victorian COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline on tel 1800 675 398.

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

Click here to find information in your language

On 02/06/2021 ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation) clinical guidance on COVID-19 vaccines in Australia includes the following:

  • A minimum 7-day interval is advised between administration of a COVID-19 vaccine and any other vaccine, including the Flu vaccine
  • This interval can be shortened (including same day administration) in special circumstances
  • Co-administration of COVID-19 vaccine with other vaccines is not routinely recommended

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria, changes in recommendation to the timing of influenza and COVID-19 vaccines for certain groups is required.  In order to ensure that all residents and staff in residential aged care and disability care settings are vaccinated as soon as possible, the previous minimum interval between the Flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine no longer applies for this group.

What is the new ATAGI advice?  The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have reviewed their advice on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. They have recommended that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now the preferred vaccine for people aged under 60 years.

This doesn’t change who is currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, but it means if you are under 60 years old it is now preferred you get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Why has the advice changed?  ATAGI have made this recommendation because of new evidence that shows the risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome) in the 50 – 59 age group is higher than initially thought.

I’ve had my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, should I get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for my second dose?  No, this isn’t necessary. If you have had your first AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine dose without any serious side effects, you can receive your second dose as planned.  To ensure maximum long term immunity, it is important you receive two doses of the same COVID-19 vaccine.

I’ve had my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and have side effects that I am worried about. What should I do?  Discuss with your doctor or present to you local emergency department if you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about.  

I am 60 years or over, is the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine still safe for me?  Yes, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is still safe for you.  The risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome), is much lower in people aged 60 years and over.  Additionally, if you are aged 60 and over, you are much more likely to become seriously unwell if you catch COVID-19.  The individual benefit-to-risk balance of vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 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 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine remains safe to be given to people aged > 60 years old.

I’m booked in for my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and I am under 60 years old, what do I do?  If you are aged under 60 years, and you have an appointment to receive your first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, it is recommended you cancel this booking.  In Victoria, iff you are under 60 years old and eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine you can book online or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline on 1800 675 398

Where can I get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?  Some Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics are currently providing the Pfizer COIVD-19 vaccine, along with many state based clinics.  All Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics and many General Practice Clinics will have the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine available during June and July 2021.  In Victoria, if you are under 60 years old and eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine you can book online or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline on 1800 675 398

I am under 60 years old and I am fully vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, do I have to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine now?  If you have received both doses of the vaccine you do not need to get vaccinated with any other COVID-19 vaccine.