COVID-19 Vaccinations

Banyule Community Health Medical Practice is pleased to advise that we are an approved Commonwealth Government vaccination provider for the COVID-19 vaccines. We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local area and wider community.

Check to see if you can book a COVID-19 vaccination

You can do this for yourself or another person.

In our rollout, COVID-19 vaccines will be available in phases. Groups of people get the vaccination at different times.

The groups are Phase 1a, Phase 1b, Phase 2a, Phase 2b and Phase 3.

The COVID 19 Vaccine is provided and administered at NO COST to all eligible Medicare Card holders.

Everyone aged 12 years and over can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Eligibility for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

You are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine if you are between 12 – 59 years old.
The Pfizer vaccine is available at Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics, participating general practices, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services, and state-run vaccination clinics.
Banyule Community Health is a Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic

Download COVID-19 vaccine information for teens and parents/guardians: COVID-19 vaccine information for adolescents and parents or carers (Word format)

Download How to speak to kids about COVID-19 vaccines (Word format)

Eligibility for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

You are eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine if you are aged 60 years or older.

If you are aged 18-59 years of age, you can choose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine:
• following an appropriate assessment of suitability by a qualified health professional; and
• if you provide verbal or written consent.

Eligibility for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

You are eligible for the Moderna vaccine if you are between 12 – 59 years old.
The Moderna vaccine is being delivered through participating pharmacies across Victoria.
Banyule Community Health is NOT offering the Moderna vaccine at this time.
For more information, visit: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Booking your COVID-19 vaccination (AstraZeneca or Pfizer) appointment

When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can book your appointment via our website to get your first dose of the vaccine.

Make sure you book ONLY one appointment for your first dose of the vaccine.

Our clinic staff will book your second dose vaccine appointment for you.

COVID-19 booster vaccinations are now available!

Eligibility for a COVID-19 booster dose:

– you are 18 years or older, AND
– have had your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination at least 6 months ago.

Booster doses are not mandatory, but they will help strengthen your immunity against COVID-19. Booster doses are free for everyone.

The Pfizer vaccine has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as the recommended booster dose.

You can have the Pfizer vaccine as a booster dose regardless of which vaccine you had for your first 2 doses.

We have booster appointments available at Banyule Community Health. Even if you got your first two doses somewhere else, you can still book your booster dose with us.

You can book online or you can call us on 9450 2629 between 9 AM and 3 PM, Monday to Friday.

If you’re booking online, complete the eligibility checker and make sure to select ‘Pfizer Booster Dose’ when you are prompted to.

To book your booster shot, you must provide proof of your second dose, including the date you received it (this is on your COVID-19 digital certificate).

For more information, visit: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-your-vaccination/booster-doses

The above is in addition to people who are severely immunocompromised who are also eligible – For more information, visit: https://www.health.gov.au/news/atagi-statement-on-the-use-of-a-3rd-primary-dose-of-covid-19-vaccine-in-individuals-who-are-severely-immunocompromised

Some states and territories will amend their eligibility based on their COVID-19 situation and vaccine supply and uptake. Please stay up to date with information from your local state department of health.

Learn more about the vaccination phases and eligibility

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination program

As a Commonwealth Government vaccination clinic, we have limited Pfizer vaccines availability – if all appointments have been allocated, you will be unable to book a Pfizer vaccination at our clinic and should visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/ to find an alternate vaccination clinic.

Getting ready for your appointment

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:

  • if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
  • if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
  • if you are in quarantine.

If you have had another vaccine in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.
If you cannot make it to your vaccination appointment, please contact us on 9450 2000 to arrange a new appointment.

Vaccination clinic location

Banyule Community Health – West Heidelberg Centre

21 Alamein Road, West Heidelberg 3081

What to expect at your vaccination appointment

You should bring the following to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment:

  • photo ID, if you have one
  • Medicare card, if you have one
  • employee ID, if you are getting a COVID-19 vaccine because of your occupation.
  • information about any of your medical conditions, allergies

At your appointment, you will be able to discuss any questions you have about COVID-19 vaccinations with your immunisation provider.
Tell your immunisation provider if you have any medical conditions or if you are taking any medications. Especially make sure to tell them if you:

  • have had an allergic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to an ingredient of the vaccine
  • have had anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) to other vaccines or other medicines
  • have a mast cell disorder
  • have a bleeding disorder or are receiving anticoagulant therapy (a blood thinner)
  • are pregnant (or think you might be pregnant) or breastfeeding
  • are immunocompromised (i.e. have a weakened immune system or take immune suppressing medication)
  • have had COVID-19 in the past, or have ongoing illness from COVID-19
  • have received another COVID-19 vaccine (and which brand)
  • have received any vaccine in the last 14 days.

In some circumstances, it may be better to have a discussion with your healthcare provider about vaccination before making an appointment for vaccination. You can also read information about the specific vaccine you are receiving:

Information on COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.

Information on COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer

How you will receive the vaccine

You will receive the vaccine as an injection, most commonly into your upper arm muscle. You must remain in the vaccination clinic for observation for at least 15 minutes after vaccination. Depending on your medical history, you may be asked to wait in the clinic for 30 minutes.

How is the information you provide at your appointment used

For information on how your personal details are collected, stored and used visit
https://www.health.gov.au/using-our-websites/privacy/privacy-notice-for-covid-19-vaccinations