COVID-19 Vaccine

Please check this page regularly for updated information regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations – please DO NOT PHONE THE CLINIC to ask about COVID-19 Vaccinations, we will communicate new information as it becomes available on this page of our website.

 The following information on this page is sourced from the health.gov.au website. You can sign up below to be on the waitlist and we will send you an email letting you know when appointments become available for the COVID-19 vaccine and how to make a booking.

To be on the HealthMint COVID-19 Vaccine waitlist please  click here

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UPDATE 18 March 2021:

Both HealthMint Cranbourne & Croydon have been approved to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible patients when they become available.

There is a staged rollout for GP clinics. The expected roll out for the vaccine at HealthMint is early-mid April. Some GP clinics are commencing from Week 1 of rollout (From 22/3/21). HealthMint will be receiving its first delivery from Week 3 (Croydon) and Week 4 (Cranbourne).

Closer to the confirmed start date for HealthMint, we will open up online bookings which will guide you through the process of scheduling the vaccine appointments. This will be announced to our waitlist when it becomes available.

COVID-19 vaccines – priority rollout

This video describes how vaccines will be rolled out, and who they will go to first.

About the COVID-19 Vaccine

From the Department of Health

COVID-19 vaccines will be available for everyone in Australia. This includes all Australian citizens, permanent residents, temporary visa-holders and those without a Medicare card. The vaccines will be free and voluntary.

Australia has agreements for three COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Novavax. The number of doses required depends on the vaccine. Current advice is both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccines will require two doses. Australia’s independent medicines regulator, the Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA), has strict standards for reviewing possible COVID-19 vaccines. They only approve vaccines that have been assessed for safety and effectiveness. 

Australia has a plan for distributing the vaccines as quickly as possible when they are ready. The plan lists the order of groups to receive the vaccines first, and the locations where the vaccine doses will be available in Australia.

 

The first vaccines

Medical experts have advised the Australian Government on who should be the first to receive COVID-19 vaccination. It is important that the first vaccines go to the people who need protection the most. Vaccination will begin in February for quarantine and border workers, and frontline at-risk healthcare workers including:

  • staff in GP respiratory clinics and COVID-19 testing facilities
  • ambulance staff
  • paramedics
  • ICU and emergency department staff
  • clinical and ancillary support staff

Aged care and disability care residents, and residential aged care and disability staff will also be among the first to receive COVID-19 vaccination. People who regularly volunteer within residential aged care facilities are considered staff for the purpose of COVID-19 vaccination. They are also eligible for COVID-19 vaccination with the first group.

The next group to receive the vaccination includes:

  • anyone in Australia aged over 70
  • other health care workers
  • adults under 70 with a medical condition that could make COVID-19 more serious if they catch it, and
  • adults with a disability

This group also includes defence personnel, emergency services workers and meat processing workers, who all provide essential services to the community. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults will begin to be vaccinated with this group. All other adults aged over 50 and other high-risk workers will be the next to be vaccinated. After this, all other adults in Australia can have the vaccine. Once people begin to get vaccinated, the TGA will continue to check every batch of the vaccines for quality and watch out for any adverse events after the vaccination. Right now, the best thing you can do is stay up to date with information from trusted sources and continue with your COVIDSafe practices. The Australian Government will provide more information on vaccines as soon as it is available.

Locations

The Pfizer vaccine will be available to the first group through 30 to 50 hospitals. As doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are available, they will be available at GP respiratory clinics, general practices (such as HealthMint clinics), Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services, state vaccination clinics and pharmacies. Specific locations will be announced when they are confirmed.

What to do until the vaccines are available

To keep you and your community safe while we wait for a vaccine, you should continue to:

  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people and avoid physical contact with people outside your household. 
  • Stay home if you feel unwell and get tested for COVID-19. You must stay at home until your results come back. 
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or hand sanitiser. 
  • Always cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue and put the tissue in the bin straight away. 
  • Have the COVIDSafe app to help health officials notify you if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Who will be eligible to receive the vaccine?

The Australian Government has announced that COVID-19 vaccination eligibility has been expanded, and will be available and free for all people living in Australia, including:

  • all Medicare-eligible Australians
  • all visa-holders, including refugees, asylum seekers, temporary protection visa holders, and those on bridging visas
  • people currently residing in detention facilities, including those whose visas have been cancelled. 

Due to the current funding model, people who are not eligible for Medicare will be unable to receive the vaccine through a general practice clinic. Access will be via state/territory managed vaccination clinics. Further details will be shared when available.

While the Australian Government strongly supports vaccination, it is not mandatory and individuals may choose not to vaccinate.

When will the vaccine be available?

The vaccine roll-out will be via a phased approach, initially targeting high priority groups. 

GPs (such as HealthMint clinics) have been identified as being eligible to receive the vaccine as part of phase 1b (and then continue to phase 2a and so on).

Australia’s Epidemiology and COVID-19 Vaccine Roadmap outlines the phases of administration as being:

Phase 1b:

  • Adults aged 80 years and over
  • Adults aged 70-79 years
  • Other health care workers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55
  • Adults under 70 with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
  • Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing

Phase 2a:

  • Adults aged 60-69 years
  • Adults aged 50-59 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18- 54
  • Other critical and high risk workers

If you are unsure of your eligibility please click here to check, then sign up below

For up to date information please visit the Australian Government’s Department of Health website on the COVID19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist