About the vaccine
What are the vaccines that I could be receiving?
Australia has approved the use of two COVID-19 vaccines, being the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine.
Before a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for use in Australia, it must pass the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) assessment and approval processes. This includes assessment of the vaccine’s safety, quality and effectiveness.
Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No, the COVID-19 vaccine does not contain the COVID-19 virus.
I have already had COVID-19, do I still need the vaccine?
Yes. You will still need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to ensure you minimise the risk of contracting the virus again.
I have had issues in the past with other vaccines, can I still be vaccinated?
Your GP or other healthcare professional can provide you with further information and talk you through any personal risks you may experience with the COVID-19 vaccination.
We request that if you are able to receive the COVID-19 vaccination after discussion with your GP/other healthcare professional, that you bring with you a letter confirming this to your vaccination appointment.
I have other health conditions, can I still be vaccinated?
There are very few health conditions that require you to not be vaccinated, however, your GP or other healthcare professional can provide you with further information and talk you through any personal risks you may experience with the COVID-19 vaccination.
How can I access a record of my COVID-19 vaccination?
The COVID-19 vaccination will be recorded on the Australia Immunisation Record which is a national register. You can access your record through your Medicare link via My Gov.
How is the COVID-19 vaccine given to me?
The COVID-19 vaccine is administered through an injection (needle) in your upper arm. Please let our staff know when you attend your appointment if you are afraid of needles.