COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic: Pfizer & AstraZeneca

We are a Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 GP Vaccination Clinic for eligible Medicare card holders.
Book your appointment online or call us on (03) 9629 1414.

Victoria Harbour Medical Centre is an approved COVID-19 general practice vaccination clinic for eligible Medicare card holders.

  • Bulk Billed
  • No walk-ins
  • By appointment only

Based on current Department of Health advice we will now be accepting appointments for the following Medicare eligible individuals:

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine:
    • all 40 to 59 year old adults
    • anyone aged 16 to 39 years old who is currently Medicare eligible
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine:
    • anyone > 60 years old
    • anyone aged > 18 years old (people aged 18 – 59 years old require a Bulk Billed Telehealth appointment with one of our GPs first to assess your suitability)

Medical advice for adults < 60 years old and the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine:  On 17/06/2021 the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advised the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is preferred over the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for adults aged < 60 years old.  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) called TTS following the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in those aged < 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 a safe and  highly effective at preventing death and severe illness among people who have contracted COVID-19. 

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.

The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre has published this video that also helps to clearly explain TTS.

Medical advice for adults < 40 years old and the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine:  On 29/06/2021 the Australian Department of Health advised the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can now be requested by people under < 40 years old who are currently not eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, noting they will be able to access Pfizer later in the year.  It is important consumers weigh up the potential benefits and risk of harm from the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to ensure that they make a fully informed decision about receiving the vaccine.  If you are < 40 years old – and not otherwise eligible – and choose to receive a AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, you are required to FIRST book an appointment with one of our GPs to assess your suitability.  This is a Bulk Billed service under Medicare.

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.

For AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine bookings (aged > 60 years old):

For AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine bookings (aged 18 – 59 years old): 

  • Call reception: (03) 9629 1414
  • You are required to first book a Bulk Billed Telehealth appointment with one of our GPs to assess your suitability

For Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine bookings (eligible 16 – 39 year olds and all 40 – 59 year olds) from 7th July 2021:

People aged < 60 years old who have already received Dose 1 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine with no major adverse reaction are strongly encouraged to receive Dose 2 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as planned.

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 check your eligibility online.

The following people are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

Newly eligible:

  • All adults aged 40-49
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-49
  • NDIS participants aged years 16 and over, and carers of NDIS participants of any age
  • Temporary visa holders aged < 50 years who are currently in Australia and have been approved for return travel to Australia through the travel exemption process.
  • Individuals with an Australian Border Force outwards travel exemption in an eligible category
  • Pregnant women aged 16 years and over are now prioritised and immediately eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination

Already eligible:

  • All adults aged 50 and over
  • Quarantine and border workers
  • Health care workers
  • Aged care and disability care residents and staff
  • People aged 16 and over with an underlying medical condition or significant disability*
  • Critical and high risk workers aged 16 and over including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.

In Victoria, eligible groups now also include:

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

In Victoria, the following groups now are eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine regardless of age (from 23/07/2021):

  • Frontline healthcare workers
  • Ambulance and paramedic services staff
  • All registered healthcare practitioners working in healthcare, including:
    • doctors, nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, dental practitioners
    • all public and private hospital staff and practitioners in private practice, community, residential disability or residential aged care
    • community pharmacy staff, and
    • students on clinical placement in 2021

Remaining cohorts – eligibility date to be advised:

  • All adults aged 16 to 39
  • Children aged under 16 (pending TGA approval for use of COVID-19 vaccines in children aged under 16 years old).

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now preferred over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for those aged < 60 years old.

The following people are eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine:

  • All people aged 40 to 59 years
  • All residential aged care workers aged 16 years or older
  • The following people aged 16 to 39 years:
    • Quarantine and border workers and their household contacts
    • Aged and disability care workers and disability care residents
    • Healthcare workers
    • Critical and high risk workers
    • Traveller with a travel exemption
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
    • Person with an underlying medical condition*
    • Pregnant women
  • People aged 60 years and over with a contraindication to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or with a history of the following:
    • Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis
    • Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
    • Idiopathic splanchnic (mesenteric, portal, splenic) vein thrombosis
    • Antiphospholipid syndrome with thrombosis

* 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.

Proof of eligibility may be required.

  • By appointment only based on vaccine stock availability
  • Eligible Medicare card holders only
  • No walk-ins
  • 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.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for all people aged > 16 years olds (Pfizer) and > 18 years olds (AstraZeneca) 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:

For all enquires call the 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.  To find information in your language:

Australian Department of Health website click here.

Victorian Department of Health website click here.

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 (blood clotting) with thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count) or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome) following the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine 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 (blood clotting) with thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count) 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.

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. 

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.

Click here for Patient information on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS).

The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre has published this video that also helps to clearly explain TTS.

The Australian Department of Health has updated the COVID-19 vaccination decision-making guide for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning pregnancy with information on the Pfizer (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Pregnant women should be routinely offered the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of pregnancy. 
  • Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to delay vaccination or avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination. 
  • Real-world evidence has shown that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe for pregnant women and breastfeeding women. 
  • Pregnant women have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. 
  • Their babies also have a higher risk of being born prematurely. 
  • COVID-19 vaccination may provide indirect protection to babies by transferring antibodies through the placenta (for pregnant women) or through breastmilk (for breastfeeding women).

Women who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and are pregnant can receive either Dose 2 of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, although the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is preferred.  Pregnant women should speak with their health care provider about the best choice for them.