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VACCINE CHANGES

UPDATED: THURSDAY 17 JUNE (6.15PM)

This week state-wide changes to vaccine availability have come into effect. The changes are in response to high demand for COVID-19 vaccine in recent weeks, and the need to ensure the availability of second doses.

Today, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) released a revised recommendation in relation to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Effective immediately, ATAGI advises that Pfizer is preferred over AstraZeneca for those aged 16 to 59 years. This is based on recent data regarding thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) cases in Australia and a reassessment of current age-specific risks and benefits of vaccination.

Following these recommendations, Ballarat Health Services’ vaccination clinic at the Mercure can now vaccinate the community as follows:

AstraZeneca 

1st dose

  • If you are aged 50-59 years and you have a 1st dose appointment you will now be offered the Pfizer vaccine. You should attend your appointment as planned.
  • If you are aged 50-59 years and you do not have a 1st dose appointment you must make an appointment before attending the clinic. Walk-ins are no longer accepted.
  • If you are aged 60+ and you have a 1st dose appointment, attend your appointment as planned. You will be offered the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • If you are aged 60+ and you do not have an appointment you must make an appointment before attending the clinic. Walk-ins are no longer accepted.

2nd dose

If you received a 1st dose of AstraZeneca without any serious adverse effects you can receive a 2nd dose of AstraZeneca.  Please book your 2nd appointment. 

Walk-ins are no longer available (as of 6pm today, Thursday 17 June).

Pfizer

1st dose

  • If you are booked for your 1st dose of Pfizer, please attend your appointment as planned.
  • If you are aged 50-59 years and you have a 1st dose appointment for AstraZeneca you will now be offered the Pfizer vaccine. Please attend your appointment as planned.
  • At the time of writing, new 1st dose bookings for Pfizer are only available for people in the following categories: Hotel Quarantine staff and Tidewatch; high rise accommodation residents and staff; Red Zone airport and marine port staff; and those with travel exemptions. 

If you have a travel exemption please bring supporting paperwork into the clinic and we will book your appointment for you.

2nd dose

  • If you are due for your 2nd dose of Pfizer please book your appointment.
  • If you are due for your 2nd dose of Pfizer vaccine and you have not been able to make an appointment please try again, or you can attend the clinic and we will book your appointment for you.
  • Walk-ins are not available for 2nd dose of Pfizer.

Booking an appointment

Walk-ins are not available for AstraZeneca or Pfizer.

You must now make an appointment for your vaccinations (as of Friday 18 June).

If you are due for your 2nd dose of Pfizer vaccine and you have not been able to make an appointment please try again, or you can attend the clinic to make a booking. 

To make an appointment:

Phone 1800 675 398 (selection options 1, 1, 1) 

OR 

Online https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/ 

If there are no appointments available via the state-wide booking line or portal, try again in coming days/weeks. More appointments will appear as vaccine supply is made available to our Vaccination clinic.

Check the following websites for updates:


 

Walk-ins are not available for AstraZeneca or Pfizer.

You must now make an appointment for your vaccinations (as of Friday 18 June).

If you are due for your 2nd dose of Pfizer vaccine and you have not been able to make an appointment please try again, or you can attend the clinic to make a booking. 

To make an appointment:

Phone 1800 675 398 (selection options 1, 1, 1) 

OR 

Online https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/ 

 

Wait times are listed at coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-centres

Please avoid entering the Mercure's main entrance at 613 Main Road, Ballarat.

Disabled parking is available via Burdeu Street, turning at 525 Main Road, Ballarat

General parking is available at Zagame's Restaurant, 639 Main Road, Ballarat

Limited on-street parking is also available.

Please do not park at the Ballarat Dojo, Golden Point Cafe, or other private residences and businesses.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Location

613 Main Road
Golden Point (Ballarat) VIC 3350

Directions

Park at Zagame's (639 Main Rd) and walk along the footpath to the Mercure main entrance. Disabled parking is available by entering Burdeu Street (at 525 Main Road)

Phone

Victorian Coronavirus Hotline: 1800 675 398 (select options 1, 1, 1)

Vaccine eligibility checker

COVID-19 vaccines will be available in phases. To find out when you'll be eligible, click the link below.

Victorian COVID-19 hotline

For vaccine queries please call the Victorian COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398 and select option 3.

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