An Austin Health nurse receives her COVID-19 vaccinationAn Austin Health nurse receives her COVID-19 vaccinationAn Austin Health nurse receives her COVID-19 vaccination

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COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccination

Our COVID-19 vaccination clinics are open to eligible members of the community.

About us

Austin Health is leading the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for the north-eastern Melbourne metropolitan region. We are following the Australian Government’s phased national vaccination plan.

You can find out if you are eligible by using the Australian Government Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

Our services

We are vaccinating eligible members of the community at our high volume clinic located at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

Our general vaccination clinic is open 7 days a week.

Children aged five to 11

Children aged five to 11 can be vaccinated at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital by appointment or walk-up.

Low sensory vaccination clinic

We also have a low sensory vaccination clinic located in the Flanders Wing at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. This clinic is designed for people with autism or ADHD, severe anxiety or phobias that would prevent them from accessing general vaccination clinics.

Our low sensory vaccination clinic is open on Fridays.

What vaccine will I get?

If you are aged:

  • five to 16 you can receive Pfizer
  • over 16 it is recommended that you receive Pfizer or Moderna but you can choose to have AstraZeneca if you wish. You will be asked to select which vaccine you wish to receive when you book
  • over 18 you can receive Novavax.

All your vaccine doses will be recorded in your mygov account which you can access through either Medicare or My Health Record.

Third doses

You should have a third dose (booster) three months after your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This helps boost your immunity as it can start to wane after just the two doses.

You will receive Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax regardless of which vaccine type you had for your first two doses. But if there is a reason you can't have one of these vaccines then you can have the AstraZeneca vaccine as your booster dose.

Third doses for immunocompromised people

Severely immunocompromised people are not expected to respond to the vaccine as well as the general public. If you are severely immunocomprised, it is recommended that you get a third dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine between 2 and 6 months after your first two doses.

To get a third dose, book an appointment with your GP or pharmacy or walk into our high-volume clinic located at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

Winter doses

You are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine winter dose if you are:

  • aged 65 years or over, or
  • people aged 16 years or over and are severely immunocompromised, or
  • an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person aged 50 years or over.

You can get your winter dose four months after receiving your third dose.

If you have had COVID-19 since your third dose

If you have had a confirmed COVID-19 infection since your third dose, you can get your winter dose four months after your COVID infection.

How to make an appointment

You can book an appointment to be vaccinated at our general clinic by:

We are also offering walk-in vaccinations.

Bookings for children aged five to 11

Appointments are now open for children aged five to 11 to be vaccinated at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. We are also taking walk-ups for this age group.

Low sensory vaccination clinic

You can book an appointment to be vaccinated at our low sensory vaccination clinic by:

What you need to bring with you

Please bring photo ID and your Medicare card to your appointment. You may also require proof of your eligibility to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine such as a work ID card, letter from your GP or the COVID-19 eligibility declaration form.

Clinic locations

Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital 

Our high-volume vaccination clinic is located in the Acacia Room at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, 300 Waterdale Road Ivanhoe

Opening hours: 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week

How to get there

  • Free car parking is available via Gate 7A on the Corner of Waterdale Road and Bell Street. 
  • Security staff will direct you to this area if you let them know you are here for your COVID-19 vaccination. 
  • Once parked, follow the marked pathway to the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.

  

Low sensory vaccination clinic 

Our low sensory vaccination clinic is located in the Flanders Wing at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, 300 Waterdale Road Ivanhoe

Opening hours: Fridays by appointment.

How to get your proof of vaccination

The Australian Government's Services Australia website has information about how to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination:

More information about the vaccines

It is important to get information about COVID 19 vaccines through official sources.

Victorian Government resources

Visit the Victorian Government's Coronavirus website for more information about COVID-19 vaccines in Victoria.

The Coronavirus website includes translated information about COVID-19 vaccines.

Australian Government resources

The Australian Government's Department of Health website has news and information about COVID-19 vaccines in Australia.

The Department of Health website includes COVID-19 vaccine information in your language.

In this video, Dr Lucas de Toca explains the importance of COVID-19 vaccines in an outbreak setting.

Visit the Department of Health website to view this video in other languages.