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26 August 2021

It’s now easier to get vaccinated against COVID-19 – here’s how

COVID-19, particularly the much more infectious Delta variant, is continuing to pose significant issues across large parts of Australia. Victoria and most other states and territories have been in and out of lockdown throughout 2021.

Government and health guidelines have meant we’ve been unable to keep our wonderful campuses consistently open and busy throughout Trimester 2. To provide certainty for everyone, we’ve decided to keep all classes online for the rest of this study period.

Public health experts advise that the only way to move past these kinds of constant lockdowns is through vaccination. Under the federal government’s COVID-19 four-stage plan, it’s proposed that all but the most highly targeted lockdowns will end and international borders will begin to reopen once 80 percent of eligible Australians are fully vaccinated with two doses.

We strongly encourage our eligible students to take up the opportunity for vaccination as soon as you are able.

The vaccine is free for every Australian who wishes to have it, as well as for student visa-holders.

Which vaccine will I receive?

As of Wednesday 25 August, all Victorians aged 16–59 are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine at a state-run vaccination centre. Supply of the Pfizer vaccine may still be limited in some cases, so if you’re aged 18–59 you can also choose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine if you provide informed consent. You can do this at your vaccine appointment.

If you’re aged 60 years or older, you’re eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Public health experts emphasise that the best vaccine is the one you can get immediately. The Australian Government Eligibility Checker can help you confirm your eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine and find a participating doctor, community health service or vaccination centre.

During Victoria’s current lockdown, you’re allowed to leave home and travel more than five kilometres to get vaccinated.

I’m doing a health placement – do I have to be vaccinated? 

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 the Pfizer vaccine. 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.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Deakin Health and Wellbeing Centres (Burwood and Waurn Ponds) will commence providing COVID vaccinations from late September. More information will follow.

At a vaccination centre

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.

You can book online or by calling 1800 675 398. For an interpreter, press zero. If you have trouble booking, we recommend you keep trying as demand will be high. Some vaccination centres also accept walk-ins for AstraZeneca.

At a doctor, GP respiratory clinic or community health service

The Australian Government Eligibility Checker can help you find a participating doctor, community health service or vaccination centre.

You can also call the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080 to find a clinic where you can make a vaccination booking.

What if I have health concerns?

If you’re worried about getting vaccinated because you have a pre-existing medical condition or other concerns, we recommend that you contact your GP. They will be able to discuss any health concerns and help you make an informed decision.

Am I eligible as an international student?

International students are eligible under the same 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.

Got a question? Don’t miss Study Geelong’s COVID-19 Vaccination Information Session, run by the Victorian Department of Health. You’ll hear essential information about vaccines, eligibility, priority groups, testing and COVIDSafe practices, and have the chance to ask questions. All international students are welcome.

When: Tuesday 31 August, 3.30–4.30pm
Register now

Where can I find more information?

There’s 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 doctor if you have any concerns. 

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