health update

Get vaccinated for COVID-19 at cohealth

COVID-19 vaccinations are free for everyone in Australia, even if you don’t have a Medicare card. Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to protect the whole community from COVID-19 and control the spread of the virus. The vaccine strengthens your immune system by training it to recognise and fight against the virus.

cohealth are currently able to provide the Pfizer vaccine at limited sites. The majority of our sites currently only have access to AstraZeneca, please check with the clinic before booking.

People who have had the first dose of AstraZeneca without any serious side effects can be given the second dose. This includes adults aged under 60 years.

Am I eligible?

Anyone aged 16 and over is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • People aged 12 to 15 years are eligible for the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine.
  • People aged 16 to 59 years are eligible for the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine OR can choose to get the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • People aged over 60 years are eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

To check your eligibility, go to the Australian Government Department of Health eligibility checker.

What do I need to bring?

To demonstrate your eligibility, you will need to bring:

  • Proof of age (ID card)
  • Medicare card (if you have one)

What will it cost me?

COVID-19 vaccinations are free for everyone in Australia, even if you don’t have a Medicare card.

What to do before your vaccination

If you have a Medicare card, you will need to check that your details are correct before your appointment. You can do this by viewing your online Medicare account through myGov.com.au, or by calling Medicare on 13 20 11.

If you don’t have a Medicare number, you can still get vaccinated.

You should not attend your appointment if you:

  • have any COVID-19 symptoms, like a fever, sore throat or runny nose
  • have tested positive to COVID-19
  • are waiting on the results from a COVID-19 test
  • are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
  • are in quarantine.

You can check the list of exposure sites to see if you are a close contact.

If you cannot go to your vaccination appointment, you will be able to reschedule it for another time.

If you have had the flu vaccination or any other vaccine, please wait 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccination.

What happens at the vaccination?

To be vaccinated you will get a needle in your arm. You need to have two injections maximum effectiveness. The person giving you your vaccination will tell you when you need to have the second vaccination. The process will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

After you have your vaccination, you will need to wait 15 minutes at the vaccination clinic before you go home. This is so the nurses can make sure you don’t have any side effects straight after getting the vaccine.

What happens after your vaccination?

Everyone needs to have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have only had one dose, the nurse who gives you your vaccination will will tell you when you need to have the second dose.

Book an appointment

cohealth centre Collingwood
365 Hoddle Street, Collingwood
Open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Call 9448 5550 or book online


cohealth centre Laverton
95-105 Railway Avenue, Laverton
Open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Call 9448 5552


cohealth centre West Melbourne
98 Abbotsford Street, West Melbourne
Open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5:45pm.
Call 1800 675 398


cohealth Melbourne Town Hall vaccination centre
90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne
Open Monday to Friday, 10:15am to 4:30pm.

Walk-ins are available for:

  • people experiencing homelessness
  • people with English literacy limitations
  • refugees
  • international students

If you don’t have a Medicare card or ID, you can still get the vaccine.

Pop-up clinics

Walk-ins are open to everyone who is eligible at our pop-up vaccination clinics. Pfizer and AstraZeneca are available.

Reservoir High School 
855 Plenty Rd, Reservoir
23 and 24 October between 10:00am – 6:00pm

William Ruthven Secondary College
60 Merrilands Rd, Reservoir
30 and 31 October between 10:00am – 6:00pm

Peter Lalor Secondary College 
35 Duncan Rd, Lalor 
6 and 7 November between 10:00am – 6:00pm

 

 


You can also make an appointment to get vaccinated at your nearest location by using the Victorian Government’s online booking portal or calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398

 

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More information

Speak with your doctor if you have any questions about the vaccine or go to the Victorian Department of Health website.

For easy to read and translated COVID-19 resources go to COVID-19 Community Information.

FAQs - COVID-19 Vaccine

Get answers to some frequently asked questions about the vaccine and links to more information.

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