COVID-19 Vaccine Community Clinics
Community clinics are being established across the region to provide Gippsland people with greater access to a COVID-19 vaccine.
The clinics are able to provide a vaccine to large numbers of the population and have been established by the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit working in partnership with health services and local government.
There are currently clinics in Traralgon, Wonthaggi and Sale.
Am I eligible? How do I book an appointment?
There is a central booking number in Victoria: 1800 675 398
This number is also used to book an appointment for the Community Clinics in Gippsland.
Please note you are unable to book an appointment through your local hospital or council office.
The central booking number will give you prompt access to a date for your vaccination in the local area.
COVID-19 Vaccines are currently being offered to anyone in the 40-49 year age group, 50 years and over as well as people in Phase 1a and Phase 1b of the Commonwealth rollout schedule.
People aged 50 years and over can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine while people under 50 can receive the Pfizer vaccine.
People receiving the Pfizer vaccine at Community Clinics in Gippsland must make an appointment.
You can use the eligibility checker to find out whether you are eligible now and to find your nearest clinic.
Community Clinic Venues and Operating Hours
Updated hours can be found be here
Traralgon: Traralgon Racecourse, McNairn Road Traralgon.
Wonthaggi: Wonthaggi Town Hall, Baillieu Street East, Wonthaggi.
Sale: Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, Cobains Road, Sale.
Warragul: The Goods Shed, Warragul Railway Station, Alfred Street, Warragul.
Bairnsdale: Bairnsdale City Oval, Macarthur Street, Bairnsdale
Orbost: GP Clinic
Must I have the vaccine?
The vaccine is voluntary. The choice is yours. We encourage you to read about the different vaccines and the Commonwealth immunisation strategy by clicking here or going to www.health.gov.au Being informed by a credible, accurate source is important.
Can I choose which vaccine to receive?
The vaccine you receive will depend on the clinical guidelines that determine which is the safest option. Clinical trials for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine have shown they are both effective in preventing the development of COVID-19 symptoms and protecting against severe disease.
There has been a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a syndrome called thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia. This is an extremely rare but very serious blood clotting syndrome.
The COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer is preferred over the AstraZeneca vaccine for adults under 50, given there is a potentially increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following the AstraZeneca vaccine in people under the age of 50.
Will the vaccine make me sick?
There is no live virus in the vaccine so no risk of acquiring COVID-19 from the vaccine.
However, some side effects from vaccination may be similar to symptoms of COVID-19. How do you know you don't have COVID? If you develop general symptoms like fever, headache or tiredness in the first two days after vaccination and if you are sure you don't have any respiratory symptoms such as a cough, sore throat or runny nose, chances are this is related to your vaccination.
But ask yourself these questions - have you come into contact with someone in hotel quarantine? Have you been in a location where there is community transmission of COVID-19? If you're still unsure after this self-assessment, contact the COVID-19 hotline 1800 675 398 or speak with your GP.
Will I still need a flu shot?
Definitely but timing is important.
If you are receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, you should plan to get other vaccines like your flu shot at least 14 days before or after your first dose or 14 days before or after your second dose. If you are receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you should get your flu shot 14 days before the first dose of Pfizer or 14 days after the second dose.
I’m pregnant. Should I get the vaccine?
The Commonwealth Government advises clinical trials for new medicines do not typically include pregnant or breastfeeding participants. Each country that is hosting or has hosted clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine candidates has different guidance regarding use of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy. In preparation for vaccine roll-out, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has provided a decision guide for breastfeeding and pregnant women for the Pfizer vaccine
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