Community Vaccination Clinic to open in Warragul

Bookings are open for people to get vaccinated at a new community vaccination clinic in Warragul.

The clinic at the Warragul Railway Station Goods Shed will be open to the public from Tuesday June 8 by bookings only and operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am – 3.30pm.

BOOKINGS CAN BE MADE BY PHONING THE VICTORIAN CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE 1800 675 398.

Staff may be dealing with a high volume of calls so please be patient and kind to the operator. Please do not phone the hospital as they cannot take bookings

WGHG is working in partnership with the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit (GRPHU) to set up and deliver the service to provide greater access for people to get their COVID-19 immunisation.

WGHG Chief Executive Officer, Dan Weeks, said the community clinic was in response to the large numbers of people seeking COVID-19 vaccinations.

“WGHG has a specialist clinical team who have been vaccinating healthcare staff and aged care residents since March with support from the GRPHU.

“The clinic will have three chairs available to the community and one additional chair dedicated to vaccinate healthcare and aged care workers.

“The clinic will stock both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.”

COVID-19 vaccination is currently being offered to anyone over the age of 40 as well as people in Phase 1a and Phase 1b of the Commonwealth rollout schedule.

People aged 50 years and over will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine while people under 50 in Phase 1a or Phase 1b will receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Dan Weeks said the Community Vaccination Clinic would increase access for local people to take up vaccination to protect themselves, their families and the community.

Do not attend a vaccination clinic if you are unwell or have any symptoms. If you have any symptoms the message is to get tested immediately and go home until you receive the results. For testing locations in Gippsland go to: https://www.gphn.org.au/covid-19/

Media Inquiries: WGHG Public Relations Manager 03 5623 0600

Gippsland COVID-19 Vaccination clinics

Warragul: Warragul Railway Station Good Shed, enter main car park from Alfred Street. Tuesday/ Thursday/ Friday 9am-3.30pm from Tuesday June 8.

Traralgon: Traralgon Racecourse, McNairn Road Traralgon.

Wonthaggi: Wonthaggi Town Hall, Baillieu Street East, Wonthaggi

Sale: Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, Cobains Road, Sale

Bookings via Victorian State COVID-19 Hotline: 1800 675 398

The central booking number will give you access to a date for your vaccination in the local area.

Please note you cannot book an appointment through your local hospital or council officeYou must phone 1800 675 398.

Am I eligible?

COVID-19 Vaccines are currently being offered to anyone over the age of 40 as well as people in Phase 1a and Phase 1b of the Commonwealth rollout schedule.

People aged 50 years and over will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine while people under 50 in Phase 1a or Phase 1b will receive the Pfizer vaccine.

You can use the eligibility checker to find out whether you are eligible now and to find your nearest clinic.

Must I have the vaccine?

The vaccine is voluntary. The choice is yours. We encourage you to read about the different vaccines and the Commonwealth immunisation strategy by clicking here* or going to www.health.gov.au Being informed by a credible, accurate source is important.

Can I choose which vaccine to receive?

The vaccine you receive will depend on the clinical guidelines that determine which is the safest option. Clinical trials for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine have shown they are both effective in preventing the development of COVID-19 symptoms and protecting against severe disease.

There has been a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a syndrome called thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia. This is an extremely rare but very serious blood clotting syndrome.

The COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer is preferred over the AstraZeneca vaccine for adults under 50, given there is a potentially increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following the AstraZeneca vaccine in people under the age of 50.

Will the vaccine make me sick?

There is no live virus in the vaccine so no risk of acquiring COVID-19 from the vaccine.

However, some side effects from vaccination may be similar to symptoms of COVID-19. How do you know you don’t have COVID? If you develop general symptoms like fever, headache or tiredness in the first two days after vaccination and if you are sure you don’t have any respiratory symptoms such as a cough, sore throat or runny nose, chances are this is related to your vaccination.

But ask yourself these questions – have you come into contact with someone in hotel quarantine? Have you been in a location where there is community transmission of COVID-19? If you’re still unsure after this self-assessment, contact the COVID-19 hotline 1800 675 398 or speak with your GP.

Will I still need a flu shot?

Definitely but timing is important.

If you are receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, you should plan to get other vaccines like your flu shot at least 14 days before or after your first dose or 14 days before or after your second dose. If you are receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you should get your flu shot 14 days before the first dose of Pfizer or 14 days after the second dose.

I’m pregnant. Should I get the vaccine?

The Commonwealth Government advises clinical trials for new medicines do not typically include pregnant or breastfeeding participants. Each country that is hosting or has hosted clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine candidates has different guidance regarding use of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy. In preparation for vaccine roll-out, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has provided a decision guide for breastfeeding and pregnant women for the Pfizer vaccine.

Warragul Railway Station Good Shed, main car park off Alfred Street