We are an approved Covid-19 vaccination provider. We are able to provide AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination to everyone aged 60 years or older.

 How to book for a vaccine:

  • Phone us on 98709000 to book an appointment at a COVID-19 vaccination session. We don’t currently offer online bookings for COVID-19 vaccines.
  • We are running dedicated vaccination sessions, 3 days per week. Due to special vaccine storage requirements, COVID-19 vaccines cannot be given during the course of a normal consulting session.
  • Check this webpage for up-to-date information re vaccine availability

 When attending for your vaccine:

When your attend for your vaccine:

  1. Bring your Medicare card
  2. Print and fill out this consent form. You will need to give this form to your doctor at your appointment.
  3. Wear short sleeves
  4. You will only be allocated a brief appointment for each vaccination. Your doctor will not be able to deal with any other unrelated medical issues during your appointment.

Talk to your doctor first if you:

  1. Have had allergies or anaphylaxis, particularly to vaccines in the past
  2. Have a past history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), idiopathic splanchnic (mesenteric, portal and splenic) venous thrombosis or anti-phospholipid syndrome with thrombosis

You cannot have your vaccine if you:

  1. Have had any other vaccines in the last 14 days
  2. Are waiting for COVID-19 test results
  3. Have been told to stay home and self-isolate
  4. Have a fever, sore throat or cough.

If you have any of these conditions, please call us on 98709000 to reschedule your appointment.

Frequently asked questions

Which COVID-19 vaccine is available at Warrandyte Road Clinic?

The AstraZeneca/ University of Oxford vaccine is currently the only vaccine being offered through Australian general practices.

It requires 2 doses, ideally spaced apart by 12 weeks (minimum 4 weeks). The bulk of this vaccine is to be made locally in Australia, with only initial quantities due to arrive from overseas. More information can be found here

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

Yes. ATAGI has recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe to be given to people aged 60 years and over.

All vaccines approved for use in Australia undergo robust scientific testing and analysis by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). There are rigorous regulations to ensure all vaccines are effective and safe.  The most up to date information can be found here

A link has been found between the AstraZeneca vaccine and an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia) in younger people. For this reason, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is no longer recommended for adults under 60 years of age.

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Australian Government follows rigorous regulatory procedures to ensure that any vaccines supplied in Australia are effective and safe for use. Advice on the expected effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine will be available from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as vaccines are approved for use in Australia. For further information, visit the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance.

How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

The Australian government has committed to providing the COVID-19 vaccine for free to all Australian citizens residents who hold a Medicare card.

If you do not have a Medicare card, you can contact the Maroondah COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to register for a COVID-19 vaccine on 1300 097 151.

Who will be first to be vaccinated?

The National roll-out plan aims to vaccinate those at high risk first. The identified priority groups for the first phase of the vaccine roll-out (Phase 1b) will be Quarantine and Border workers, front-line healthcare workers and aged care and disability care staff and residents.

The next priority group will be Phase 1b of the vaccine roll-out, which includes these groups:

  • Elderly adults aged > 70 years old.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55 years old.
  • Adults > 18 years old with an underlying medical condition*, including those with a disability.
  • Critical and high risk workers (eg: medical, defence, emergency services and meat processing).

(*heart disease, respiratory conditions, diabetes, neurological conditions, immunocompromising conditions, kidney/renal disease or blood/haematological disorders)

Full details of the National roll-out plan can be found here

Who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is not currently recommended for use in children (under age 18).

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Like all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine has some potential side effects. However, most side effects are mild and go away within one or two days.

Common side effects (affecting about 50% of people who receive the vaccine) include:

  • Pain, swelling or tenderness at the injection site
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Fever and chills
  • Joint pain

Less common side effects include:

  • Enlarged lymph glands
  • Stomach pain

If you experience pain at the injection site or fever, headaches or body aches after vaccination, you can take paracetamol or ibuprofen.

As with any vaccine, there may be rare or unknown side effects.

Very uncommon side effects include:

  • Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis): this occurs in 1 in a million people getting this vaccine
  • Very rare blood clots (Vaccine-Induced Prothrombotic Immune Thrombocytopenia): this affects 5 out of a million people after the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

You should seek medical attention if you think you are having an allergic reaction or if you have symptoms that persist more than a few days. For more information, see this link

Can I have the vaccine if I've had blood clots in the past?

You cannot receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine if you have a past history of:

  1. cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST)
  2. heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)
  3. idiopathic splanchnic (mesenteric, portal and splenic) venous thrombosis
  4. anti-phospholipid syndrome with thrombosis

These conditions are very rare.

People who have had a past history of other types of clots such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) or have risk factors for these clots can still have the AstraZeneca vaccine. For adults over 60 years of age who have a history of blood clots, the benefits of vaccination are considered to outweigh the risk of blood clots.

There is no evidence that people who have had a past history of other types of blood clots have an increased risk of becoming ill following the vaccine.

The overall rate of blood clots (1 per 1000) has not risen in countries which have extensively used the AstraZeneca vaccine. Some of the blood clots that occur after COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca will be coincidental and not causally related to the vaccine (ATAGI, 2021d).

Can I get a flu and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time?

It is currently not recommended to get both vaccines at the same time. A minimum of 14 days should occur between the different vaccinations. Currently, the order of the immunisations also does not matter.

What else can I do to protect myself from COVID-19?

It is important to practice good hand hygiene and social distancing. Wear a mask when appropriate and follow government guidelines when outbreaks occur. A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will only be one part of the plan to keep the Australian community safe and healthy.

Will I have to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Having the COVID-19 vaccine will be voluntary. There may be some people who may need to be vaccinated for their job, eg. aged care workers. As yet, we are unsure of the implication of the vaccine on overseas travel.

Where else can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccinations are also available for eligible patients at:

Maroondah COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
304A Maroondah Highway, Ringwood
Access from Braeside Avenue

This dedicated COVID-19 vaccination facility has been set up by Eastern Health and EACH at the former Maroondah City Council civic offices. To book for a COVID-19 vaccination, please call 1300 097 151 between 8:30 am – 4 pm and register your details.