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What you need to know about your COVID-19 vaccination

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Having a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is one way we can protect our community against coronavirus. COVID-19 vaccines help to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19, and they are free for everyone in Australia.

We are pleased to advise that our East Reservoir health centre is an approved provider for COVID-19 vaccines and are happy to be offering COVID-19 immunisation for our local area and wider community. Bookings can be made online, in person, or by telephone to eligible members of the community.

You can check if you are eligible to get your vaccine now via this link, or if you need an interpreter you can call us on (03) 8470 1111 and we can help you.

At this time, we are not providing vaccinations for anyone under the age of 60. Sign up to our e-newsletter and keep an eye out on our website for future updates.


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People who receive a COVID-19 vaccination have a much lower chance of getting sick from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is free, and you do not need a prescription from a GP to get vaccinated.

Having a COVID-19 vaccination is a personal choice. It is important to talk to your GP about your personal situation and any existing medical conditions to find out if vaccination is suitable for you.

If you’re finding it difficult to understand the changes happening around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are here to help. You can call us and we can speak to you with an interpreter to answer any questions you have.

The latest information from the Commonwealth Government can be found in English here, or you can access this information in other languages here.



There are a few things to remember when preparing for your COVID-19 vaccination:

  • You will need two doses of the vaccine. Make sure you book an appointment for your first and second dose.
  • If you are getting the flu vaccination as well, they will need to be done at least two weeks apart.
  • Before your vaccination appointment, you should make sure your details are up to date with Medicare.

If you don’t have your account set up, you can enrol in Medicare here.


For more details on preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine you can download a copy of the patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health.



Continue to protect yourself and your family against COVID-19

Whether you are vaccinated or not, here are some things you can do to protect yourself and others.


After receiving any vaccine, you may experience minor side effects. Most side effects are mild and last no more than a few days.

Common reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations include:

• a sore arm
• headache
• low level fever
• muscle pain
• chills
• tiredness
• joint pain.

You can use the COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccine. The checker is also available through the National Coronavirus Helpline, 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.


You can ask your doctor for advice about side effects. Please call us if you would like to book an appointment.
If you think a COVID-19 vaccine has caused a side effect, you can report it directly to the TGA or we can report it on your behalf.



We will regularly update our website with information on the national vaccination roll-out and COVID-19. Please call us if you have any questions. In the meantime you can sign up to our e-newsletter below and follow us on Facebook to stay up to date.


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Your Community Health and COVID-19 We have been operating throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to continue providing important services to the community, follow this link to find out more.

Current information about staying safe during COVID-19 – Staying informed is very important as things can change quickly during a pandemic. Read our April update on the Victorian safety guidelines for COVID-19.


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