UPDATE 21 March 2021: This information has now been superseded. Please view the latest information here.
An update on the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine
European nations which paused AstraZeneca vaccinations have announced they will resume after the European Medicines Agency advised the vaccine was not linked to an overall increased risk of blood clots.
In Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Administration reported today that an independent expert review of the vaccine has concluded that there is no increased risk of anaphylaxis associated with the vaccine above the expected rate for any other vaccine. Anaphylaxis is a very rare side effect that can occur with any vaccine.
- European countries to resume vaccine rollout as regulator says no link to increased blood clot risk – ABC, 19 March 2021
- AstraZeneca vaccine – Expert review finds no evidence of increased risk of anaphylaxis – TGA, 19 March 202
All patient-facing employees may now book COVID-19 vaccination appointments at any of our vaccination clinics.
As we continue to scale up our vaccination efforts, MMC Clayton and Dandenong Hospital, now join Casey Hospital, Moorabbin Hospital and the Kingston Centre in offering vaccinations to all patient facing employees.
‘Patient-facing’ means any contact with patients. If your role has no direct contact with patients, please wait for an announcement regarding your vaccination.
A proportion of appointment times each day will be reserved for any remaining Phase 1a employees.
The vaccine you receive will depend on availability at the clinic at the time of your appointment. Both the Oxford AstraZeneca and the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine are TGA-approved and have proven to be highly effective in reducing severe illness, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19. It is not which vaccine you receive that will make the difference – it’s whether you are vaccinated.
Making a booking
You should talk to your manager before booking – to ensure they can maintain continuity of care in your work area. Once you’ve discussed suitable times with your manager, call 8572 2156 to make a booking.
- MMC Clayton – Appointment times: 7.30am – 4.45pm, 7 days per week
- Dandenong – Appointment times: 7.30am – 4.45pm, 7 days per week
- Casey Hospital – Appointment times: 7.30am – 4.45pm, 7 days per week
- Kingston Centre – Appointment times: 7.30am – 4.45pm, Monday to Friday
- Moorabbin Hospital– Appointment times: 7.30am – 4.45pm, Monday to Friday
Our vaccination booking line (03 8572 2156) is open 8am-6pm weekdays and 9am-4pm weekends. The line can be very popular, so please be patient or try again later if the lines are busy.
If there are spare appointment slots during the day, targeted bookings will be coordinated through managers.
About your appointment
- Please bring your Medicare card with you to your appointment
- You can speed up your appointment and help our immunisation team by using your Medicare online account through myGov or downloading the Medicare mobile app to get your immunisation history statement before attending.
- Please attend the clinic at the correct time
- You will be asked to complete a Pre-vaccination Checklist provided to you at the appointment.
- Wear a mask and remember to practice physical distancing.
- After vaccination, you will remain at the clinic for 15-30 minutes following the injection and will then be signed-out.
- Potential reactions will be discussed with you as part of the vaccination procedure.
Once you’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine, your immunisation provider will record it on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). You can get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status with an immunisation history statement.
Vaccinated elsewhere, or choosing not to vaccinate?
If you have been vaccinated elsewhere or are opting not to be vaccinated, please complete the quick online declaration here.
You can learn more about our vaccination program here: https://coronavirus.monashhealth.org/vaccination/