Western Health is proud to be supporting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout program for the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.
We are supporting a number of vaccination services across the region, with our Vaccination Hub at Sunshine Hospital now offering vaccinations to the community. From 17 May, we will also be opening a Hub to the public at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Am I eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination? The list of Victorians currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at our Sunshine Hospital vaccination Hub or Melbourne Showgrounds vaccination Hub includes:
People aged 50 and over
Adults with a significant underlying medical condition or disability
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 or over
Healthcare workers currently employed
Private and public sector residential aged care staff
Quarantine and border workers, and household contacts of these workers
Critical and high-risk workers who are currently employed including defence, police, fire, emergency services
You can check your eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccination using the Government’s eligibility checker. Please note that when presenting for your appointment you may be required to demonstrate or self-declare eligibility.
What type of COVID-19 vaccine will I receive?Two COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use in Australia, the Pfizer vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The Australian Government received important advice from Australia’s expert vaccine advisory body, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) about the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people under the age of 50.
The side effect involves thrombosis, which is blood clotting, and thrombocytopenia, which is a low blood platelet count. This very rare side-effect can affect 1 in 250,000 people.
The risk of this side effect may be greater for people aged under 50 years, and ATAGI has advised that the Pfizer vaccine is preferred over the AstraZeneca vaccine in adults aged under 50 years.
If you need advice to help you make an informed decision about vaccination, please talk to your doctor or call 1800 020 080.
Where can I get vaccinated?Click on the images below to find out more about COVID-19 Vaccinations at either the Sunshine Hospital or Melbourne Showgrounds hubs.
Where I can I find out more information?Click here to learn more out COVID-19 Vaccines.Click here for some easy to read resources about COVID-19 Vaccination.COVID-19 vaccine information is also available in a number of languages – find your language by clicking here.