Vaccine FAQs

Vaccine FAQs

Vaccine FAQs

Where can I get vaccinated?

The COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic on 113-133 Mollison Street, Bendigo, is the vaccination hub for the Loddon Mallee region. Vaccination Clinics are being run in Mildura, Swan Hill, Castlemaine and Echuca – check with your local health service in that area.

How do I book?

You can register for the vaccine on the Bendigo Health website: https://bendigohealth.org.au/registerforvaccine/

Once you register, if you are eligible for the vaccine and email is your selected method of contact you will be sent an email within 48 hours to book your vaccination appointment.

There are significant delays for phone bookings due to the high volume of calls.

What are your opening hours?

The clinic is open from 10AM - 5PM, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The clinic is open 11AM - 6PM, Tuesday and Thursday.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

*Updated October 11

AstraZeneca is available to those aged 18 and over.

Pfizer is available to those aged 12 and over.

Moderna is available to those aged 12 and over.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring some form of identification, your medicare card and proof of employment, if applicable.

I have an underlying medical issue/take medication. Who can I talk to about what vaccine to receive and whether I should get it?

Please discuss with your GP in the first instance. If your GP believes your existing medical condition or medical history puts you at risk of receiving a certain vaccine, they can fill out a referral form on your behalf to the Victorian Specialist Immunisation Services (VicSIS).  The outcome of your referral will be sent back to your GP once assessed by VicSIS.

Vaccine FAQs

Will the vaccine stop me from getting COVID?

The vaccines will keep you out of hospital and stop you getting critically unwell with the disease.

Studies are being undertaken to see whether the vaccines reduce your risk of contracting COVID. Emerging evidence suggests vaccines can significantly reduce your risk of getting COVID-19.

Can you get vaccinated if you have cough and cold?

Please get tested for COVID-19 in the first instance. If you have minor symptoms and are improving then it’s ok to get vaccinated. You should not be vaccinated if you are feeling unwell.

What are the symptoms of blood clots?

Extended, persistent headaches. Persistent unexplained abdominal pain.

How long should it be between first and second doses?

Pfizer three weeks.

AstraZeneca six weeks. A few days after the 6 week second dose does not impact the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Moderna 4 weeks.

 

I am pregnant, considering getting pregnant or breastfeeding - is it safe for me to have the vaccine?

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has ruled the Pfizer vaccine is safe for pregnant women. You are also safe to get vaccinated if considering getting pregnant or breastfeeding. More information is available here.

Are the vaccines safe, they’re quite new?

The vaccines have gone through rigorous tests and checks so far – these are not new types of technologies, they have been around for a while. The risk related to the vaccines is minimal compared the risk of COVID-19.

Can i still register if i'm not eligible?

Yes. Your details will be saved in our system and you will be send a booking link via email when the vaccination program opens to you.

I've just had the flu shot, when can i get my COVID vaccine?

The minimum time required between a dose of flu vaccine and a dose of COVID-19 Vaccine is 7 days.

How can i get in contact?

Can i get a booster shot?

Our vaccination clinic is providing a third dose of COVID vaccine for severly immunocompromised people. A list of eligible people can be found here.

A letter from GP or oncologist to support requirement/eligibility is required. mRNA vaccine is preferred as third dose (either moderna or Pfizer). Moderna can be walk in, Pfizer needs to be booked.

How do i get my vaccine passport?

Fully vaccinated Central Victorians can visit: servicesaustralia.gov.au/covidvaccineproof for information on how to get proof of vaccination.