If you’ve watched the news lately, you would have seen all the reports about the COVID-19 vaccine.
It’s important that you get accurate information about the vaccine, so please take a read of the information below.
How will the vaccination protect me?
A COVID-19 vaccination will help reduce the severity of COVID-19.
Getting vaccinated can also protect people around you, particularly those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, like the elderly.
When can I get vaccinated?
Priority groups can expect to receive a vaccination from early 2021. For everyone else, it’s expected that the vaccine roll-out will continue throughout the year.
Who are the priority groups?
The government has identified these groups as:
- People who have an increased risk of developing severe disease or dying from COVID-19:
- Older people
- People with certain pre-existing medical conditions
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- People at an increased risk of exposure, infection and transmission of COVID-19, or are in a setting with high transmission potential:
- Health and aged care workers
- Other care workers such as group residential care and disability care workers
- People in places like correctional and detention facilities, and meat processing plants.
- People working in critical services:
- Essential services staff such as emergency services providers, defence forces, public health staff and staff managing quarantine facilities
- People working in supply and distribution of essential goods and services such as food, water, electricity, telecommunications and other critical infrastructure.
Here’s a chart of the government’s immunisation strategy (or visit here if you having trouble viewing it).
What can I do while I wait?
Whether you’re in a priority group or not, the best thing you can do is stay informed and continue to be COVIDSafe. Along with the government, we’ll provide more information about how vaccines will be rolled out over the coming months.
In the meantime, everyone still needs to:
- Practise good hygiene
- Maintain physical distance and wear a face mask where required
- Stay home if you’re sick and get tested
- Download the COVIDSafe app.
Is getting the vaccine compulsory?
No, you can choose not to vaccinate. But we’re calling on everyone to get vaccinated to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and get on with our daily lives.
Is the vaccine safe?
All vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety before they’re approved for use in Australia. This includes careful analysis of clinical trial data, ingredients, chemistry, manufacturing and other factors.
As with any vaccination, you may experience minor side effects afterwards like pain, redness or swelling where you received the needle, or a mild fever. You will be monitored after the vaccination.
Serious reactions like allergic reactions are extremely rare. Chat with your Pascoe Vale doctor if you have any concerns.
How are vaccines being tested?
Testing first begins with laboratory research, then animal studies and finally human clinical trials. Clinical trials involve testing the vaccine in thousands of volunteers, and are conducted in phases.
Before a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for use in Australia, it must pass the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) rigorous assessment and approval processes. This includes assessment of its safety, quality and effectiveness.
What vaccine will I receive?
Australia has entered into four separate agreements for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, if they’re proved to be safe and effective. You can read more about this here.
How many doses of the vaccine will I need?
There are two doses. After the first shot, you’ll need to return three weeks later (for the Pfizer vaccine) or three months later (for the AstraZeneca vaccine), or as advised by the Health Department.
I’m pregnant. Can I get vaccinated?
If you’re pregnant, please have a chat with your doctor.
Where can I get vaccinated?
The government is setting up special vaccination sites across the country.
We’re also setting up special vaccination clinics in our carpark. This will ensure we can vaccinate as many people as possible in an efficient and COVIDSafe way.
We’ll keep you up-to-date by email, on our website, and on our Facebook page.
How much will it cost?
The vaccine will be free at government sites and our special vaccination clinics.
How will I know when it’s my turn to be vaccinated?
The government will be running a big advertising blitz – you won’t miss it!
If you’re in a priority group, you’ll receive a letter from the government.
Plus, we’ll be in regular contact by email, on our website and on our Facebook page.
Always get your information about vaccines from trusted sources, like your doctor at PVH Medical, the Department of Health or your local hospital.
Let’s fight this virus together!
Source: Department of Health
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.