After your vaccination

What you need to know after you’ve received your COVID-19 vaccination.

You may experience mild to moderate side effects as a result of the vaccine, including pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache and/or raised temperature. These symptoms commonly present and resolve within three days of vaccination.

As per routine guidelines, you should not come to work if you are unwell, however mild side effects from a recent vaccination might not keep you from working. Please notify your manager as soon as possible if you are unwell following your vaccination. If you are too unwell to come to work but are well enough to work from home, and your job enables you to do so, this may be an option.

Call the Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Enquiries on 9594 5815 if further advice is needed (7am – 8pm, seven days a week) post-vaccination. The Hotline will provide a triage and advice service escalating to the Infectious Diseases and Immunisation teams as required. Outside the Hotline hours, contact the on-call Infectious Diseases registrar through Monash Health switchboard (9594 6666).

Post-vaccination signs and symptoms

HCW Signs and Symptoms

Management Approach

If you have signs and symptoms consistent with possible COVID-19 infection

Cough, high fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell that are not typical post-vaccination symptoms.

  • Get tested immediately.
  • Isolate until you receive a negative result. Do not attend work.
  • Contact your manager.
  • Contact the Monash Health Vaccination Hotline on 9594 5815 (7am-8pm)
  • If you return a negative result and are free of symptoms, you can return to work.
If you feel unwell and will not pass the daily attestation but do not have the below symptoms

Cough, high fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell.

  • Stay home until you feel better. Do not attend work.
  • Manage with paracetamol as it is likely due to the vaccine working.
  • If your symptoms post-vaccination are not improving or persist for more than 2 days, they should continue to be excluded from work and should seek a COVID-19 swab.
If you have the following signs and symptoms, which alone are not consistent with COVID-19 infection

Presence of immediate hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. pink or red itchy rashes, anaphylaxis)


local symptoms (e.g. pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site)

NOTE: These considerations are based on the current understanding of signs and symptoms following COVID-19 vaccination, including timing and duration, and might change as experience with the vaccine accumulates.

Post-vaccination guides

Reporting side effects

All side effects must be reported to SAEFVIC. To complete a report, follow the below steps:

  • Go to
  • Register and set up your reporting account or login if you have registered previously
  • Click on the Report Adverse Event tab and start reporting
  • Click on the Save and Next> button to proceed through the report and then click Submit to complete

Frequently asked questions

If I experience side effects and need to take leave, will this come out of my sick leave?

You may experience minor side effects after vaccination. If you need to take leave as a result, this should be taken as sick leave and recorded under the ‘COVID Lve – vaccine sick leave’ code in Kronos. If taking more than 1 day of leave, you will need to get a medical certificate.

Do I still need to practice other COVIDsafe behaviours once I’ve been vaccinated?

Yes, COVIDSafe practices remain vital for everyone whether you’ve been vaccinated or not. This includes wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment required for your role and social distancing.

Remember, protection against COVID-19 starts from about 2–3 weeks after the first dose. While one dose may give some protection, it may only last for the short-term. Two doses will give optimal protection.

No vaccine is 100% effective. We must all remain COVIDSafe.

Do I still need the vaccine if those around me at work are vaccinated?

COVID-19 is highly communicable across communities. While your workmates and family may be vaccinated, there is no guarantee around other environments you will encounter, such as shopping centres, public transport, entertainment venues, or visiting family and friends. Vaccination is highly recommended as the best way of protecting yourself from a serious illness.

Can I help with Monash Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination program?

Yes, we are accepting expressions of interest from nursing and administration employees. Training in clinic processes, COVID-19 vaccination protocols, and information systems will be provided and enabled through a supportive environment.

We are looking for:

  • Credentialed nurse immunisers with an interest in temporarily supporting our vaccination clinics as a site coordinator or in the vaccination pool.
  • Administration employees with an interest in temporarily supporting our vaccination clinics as administrative team leaders or administrative clerks.

To express your interest, please email Monash Health Bureau.

Will there be enough COVID-19 vaccines to immunise all Australians?

The Australian Government is responsible for the vaccine rollout and has said there will be enough COVID-19 vaccines for the entire Australian population. The rollout will increase as more vaccine becomes available.

Will I be notified in the event of a data leak/breach?

The Victorian Government has built a secure, online COVID-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS) to protect against any such incidents.

However, in the unlikely event, there is a data leak or breach, all Victorians who have used the CVMS will be notified in accordance with the requirements of the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner.

For more information on the Australian Government COVID-19 vaccination strategy, please visit the Department of Health website.

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