How to get a COVID‑19 vaccination if you’re eligible or need one for your placement
**Update Thursday 27 May**
Victorians aged 40–49 will be able to access to the Pfizer vaccine at state-run vaccination sites from Friday 28 May. You must book an appointment by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. This is essential as not all vaccination centres will have the Pfizer vaccine available.
Victorians aged 50 years and over will continue to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, either through a state-run vaccination centre or a participating GP clinic. While many vaccination centres are accepting walk-in appointments for people aged 50 years and over, bookings via the 1800 675 398 hotline are preferred.
Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program is now underway, with individuals being immunised in phases based on priority groups. Currently, phases 1a, 1b and 2a are being rolled out, with other phases to become eligible in the months ahead.
It’s important to know that it is not compulsory for any Australian to have the vaccine, and there is no intention by Deakin to mandate it for students. We will continue to be guided by federal and state government and health authorities.
Am I currently eligible?
If you’re a student about to start a course placement in a healthcare setting, you’re considered part of the broader healthcare workforce and are eligible to receive your vaccination under phase 1a or 1b. The vaccine is not compulsory for placements and it is your choice to have the vaccine.
Eligible placement students will have received an email from the Faculty of Health, with details about how and where to get the vaccination, and also information on the required Healthcare worker proof of eligibility form. Please read this information carefully.
You can also get vaccinated now if you work in one of the following occupations (either paid or unpaid):
- healthcare worker, including doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, dental practitioners
- healthcare worker in a clinical setting
- onsite administrative staff in healthcare settings
- healthcare worker in private practice.
Anyone aged over 50 can also now receive the vaccination.
Confirm your eligibility using the COVID-19 eligibility checker and access information and documents you’ll need to complete before your vaccination.
Where do I get vaccinated?
Deakin Health and Wellbeing Centres are NOT currently providing any COVID vaccinations.
Vaccination centres are located in a range of metropolitan and regional areas. Find the most up-to-date locations, along with information on hours, contact information and wait times.
Bookings are recommended – call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. Some locations will also accept walk-ins, so check your preferred location for more information.
You may also be able to receive your vaccination through your local GP or community health service.
If you receive your first dose in one location but can’t return to that same location for your second dose, call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 to make other arrangements.
Which vaccine will I receive?
- People under the age of 50 and eligible under phase 1a or 1b will receive the Pfizer vaccine.
- People over 50 will generally receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.
There is a lot of misinformation about the vaccines, particularly online. Always use scientific evidence and public health advice to inform your decision-making, and talk to your regular GP if you have any concerns. Find out more about the vaccines, including information in multiple languages.
Vaccination against flu and COVID should be separated by two weeks, so please take this into account if you’re planning to have a flu vaccination (now available at Deakin).
What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?
If you’re worried about getting vaccinated because you have a pre-existing medical condition or other concerns, we recommend that you contact your regular GP. They will be able to discuss any health concerns and help you make an informed decision.
Do I have to pay for the vaccine?
Whenever you’re eligible to receive it, and wherever you go to get it, the vaccine is free for every Australian who wishes to have it, as well as for student visa-holders.
I’m an international student – am I eligible?
International students are eligible under the same phased priority groups as Australian citizens. However, to have a COVID vaccination, you’ll also need to apply for an Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI). This means all vaccinations you have in Australia will be accurately recorded and will also give you access to an Immunisation History Statement, which can be used as evidence of vaccinations. You should apply for an IHI as soon as possible by:
- completing the Request or update an Individual Healthcare Identifier form
- getting certified copies of your evidence of identity
- submitting the form and any supporting documentation to Services Australia.
Where can I get more information?
- Visit the Australian Government COVID-19 vaccination website for up-to-date information on eligibility, phases and priority groups, vaccine developments and appointments.
- Contact your Unit Chair with specific questions about getting vaccinated as part of your placement or course requirements.