You may receive either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine, regardless of your worksite, depending on vaccine availability at the time of your first appointment.
If you choose not to receive the vaccine that is made available at your appointment time, you will lose your place in the vaccination order and will need to rebook.
While there are discussions focused on comparisons and which vaccine is ‘better’, both AstraZeneca and Pfizer are highly effective in preventing serious illness and hospitalisation. Head-to-head comparisons in England and Scotland show protection against hospitalisation and severe disease are similar for both vaccines.
At Tuesday’s employee forum, a video featuring Q&As with Professor Rhonda Stuart reiterated why the critical thing to focus on is not vaccine type but on getting vaccinated. You can view the video here.
You can read more about the AstraZeneca vaccine and obtain further information here:
- More information about the national rollout
- Information about the national AstraZeneca vaccine rollout can be found here
- Information for employees and managers at Monash Health
- AstraZeneca Vaccine trial paper – Safety and efficacy (The Lancet)
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