Before vaccination

Information on getting the COVID-19 vaccine and your appointment.

Overview

A vaccine is a significant step forward in our fight against COVID-19.

There is overwhelming scientific evidence that vaccination is the best defence against serious infection and illness. Getting vaccinated means less risk for you, your colleagues and your patients, whichever vaccine you receive. Any delay in scheduling a vaccination once offered means more time without protection.

Monash Health’s vaccination program is being delivered from clinics at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Dandenong Hospital, Moorabbin Hospital and Kingston Centre, delivering thousands of COVID-19 vaccinations.

You may receive either a Pfizer/BioNTech or an Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, depending on supplies and your risk profile. Both vaccines are highly effective in preventing serious illness and hospitalisation, with each being over 80% effective at preventing severe disease and death

Once you’ve booked an appointment, it is important to keep this booking. If you must change your time, please do so well in advance so that others are able to fill your space.

All Monash Health employees (patient-facing and non-patient facing) can now book in for COVID-19 vaccination.

Bookings can be made by calling the Victorian Government Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398, choose option 1, then option 1, then option 1. You can book in to be vaccinated at any Monash Health on-site clinic or at one of our high-volume community vaccination centres.

If you live or work at or near Casey Hospital, you can book an appointment at St John of God Berwick by calling their booking line directly on 8784 5584.

Your second vaccination appointment will be booked when you attend the clinic for your first dose.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination, please visit the Department of Health website.

It is not which vaccine you receive that will make the difference – it’s getting vaccinated.

Preparing for your appointment

  • Employees with a history of immediate-onset anaphylaxis to a vaccine, medicine or food, or who answer yes to any of the Vaccination Checklist questions must contact the Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Enquiries on 9594 5815 for further guidance as soon as possible.
  • If you cannot attend for some reason you must notify your manager and update your booking online as soon as possible.

On vaccination day

  • 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.
  • Ensure you attend the clinic at the correct time and complete the Pre-vaccination Checklist provided to you at the appointment.
  • Wear a mask and remember to practise social 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 have been signed-out, you can return to your shift. Visit the After your vaccination page for post-vaccination information.

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.

Frequently asked questions

The following FAQs are based on the most current information available to Monash Health Employees. We will provide updates as information becomes available.

Refer to these webpages for the latest information and FAQs about the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines.

If I am not an Australian citizen, will I be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine?

The Australian Government has made COVID-19 vaccines available free of charge for all Australian citizens, permanent residents and temporary visa holders.

Do I get a choice of vaccine type?

At our vaccination clinics, we use current guidelines to administer the most appropriate vaccine for you. Under the Federal Government’s rollout program, you will be provided with the vaccine that is available at the time of your vaccination.

Both vaccines need to be dispensed in two doses, separated by at least 21 days for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and four to 12 weeks for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable. The course of vaccination should be completed using the same vaccine for both doses.

For more information on Australia’s vaccine rollout, please visit the Department of Health website.

Are vaccination appointments available during shifts?

Yes. Some of our vaccination clinics offer appointments seven days a week, including early opening hours for night shift employees.

Where are the COVID-19 vaccination clinics located?

Clinic locations are confirmed across MMC Clayton, Dandenong, Moorabbin and Kingston:

  • MMC Clayton: Clinic D
  • Dandenong: West 2 breakout room
  • Moorabbin: Rear of surgical space, level 2
  • Kingston: Education Building
  • St John of God Berwick: 75 Kangan Drive, Berwick, Ground Floor Consulting Suites
  • Cranbourne Turf Club: 50 Grant Street, Cranbourne (high-volume community vaccination centre)
  • Sandown Racecourse: 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale (high-volume community vaccination centre)

For employees in the Casey area, COVID-19 vaccination appointments are available at St John of God Berwick Hospital – visit the Vaccination Bookings page for more information.

I also work for another health care provider – can I accept a vaccination offer from them if I haven’t received one yet from Monash Health?

Yes. If this is the case, please inform your manager of your plans as soon as possible so they can ensure we have a record of your vaccine status.

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