COVID-19 – Vaccination Information

Thank you to everyone for getting the jab done and helping to keep our community safe.

Council is not a COVID-19 vaccination provider, however we will continue to share information so residents can make an informed decision.

Due to ongoing changes and developments, we also encourage you to stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 vaccination information via official government websites:

Why get vaccinated?

Getting vaccinated protects you against COVID-19, helps prevent you from getting seriously ill and reduces the spread of COVID-19 to others.

By limiting the spread of COVID-19, we can also reduce the risk of new variants (strains of COVID-19) emerging.

In addition to getting the vaccine, it’s important to stay safe by washing your hands regularly, carrying a face mask with you and wearing it when required, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home.

Who can get vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone aged 5 years and over in Australia.

The type of vaccine you can have depends on your age.

It is recommended that everybody has two primary doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. If you are aged 16 or over, you should get a third dose of vaccine 3 months after your second dose, to help keep you protected against COVID-19.

On 7 July, The Australian Technical Advisory Group (ATAGI) expanded the eligibility criteria for winter/ fourth dose to help reduce severe illness from COVID-19.

Winter/ fourth dose is now available to:

  • adults aged 50 years and above
  • adults aged 30 and above have the option to receive a winter dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

You can receive the winter dose 3 months after your third dose or after being infected with COVID-19 if the infection has occurred since your third dose.

If you’re eligible for a winter dose, book an appointment with your GP, pharmacist, or immunisation provider now.

For more information about which vaccine you are eligible to receive, your specific dose schedule, and about each vaccine available in Australia, see the following pages:

Vaccination for children and young people

COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for everyone aged 5 years and over in Australia.

It is important for all children and teenagers to be protected against COVID-19 - in the same way they are for diseases such as measles, chickenpox and polio.

The type of vaccine young people can have depends on their age:

  • Children aged 5 can have the Pfizer vaccine as a first or second dose.
  • Children and young people aged 6 to 17 can have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines as a first or second dose.
  • Young people aged 16 or 17 can also have a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

How to book vaccination for children

Bookings are available through GPs and pharmacies across Victoria.

You can also get your child vaccinated at your nearest state-run vaccination centre. Find out more about vaccines for young children or book an appointment today.

Benefits of vaccinating children for COVID-19

  • Reduce the spread of COVID-19
  • Protect them from getting severely sick from COVID-19
  • Keep schools open, so children can have more face-to-face learning and playtime with their friends.

Further information and resources 

Further information about vaccination in children and young people, including specific information about children with disabilities and severe immunosuppression is available on the Department of Health webpage. Other helpful resources are also listed below:

Winter dose and Flu vaccination

Winter Dose

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has approved a winter dose of COVID-19 vaccine for priority groups.

On 7 July, ATAGI expanded the eligibility criteria for winter dose to help reduce severe illness from COVID-19.

Winter dose is now available to:

  • adults aged 50 years and above
  • adults aged 30 and above now have the option to receive a winter dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition to the above, winter dose is also available to:

  • people aged 16 years and above who are severely immunocompromised
  • residents of aged care or disability care facilities
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and above
  • people aged 16 years and above who have a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness
  • people aged 16 years and above who have disabilities with significant, complex, or multiple health issues, which increase the risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19 infection.

People who are now recommended to receive a fourth dose include people with:

  • immunocompromising conditions
  • cancers
  • specific chronic inflammatory conditions
  • chronic lung disease
  • chronic liver disease
  • severe chronic kidney disease
  • chronic neurological disease
  • diabetes requiring medication
  • chronic cardiac disease
  • disability with significant, complex, or multiple health issues, which increase the risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19
  • severe obesity
  • severe underweight.

Eligible people can receive their winter dose 3 months after receiving their third dose or after having COVID-19 if infection has occurred since the person’s third dose.

Pfizer and Moderna are the preferred vaccines for a winter dose for people aged 18 and above. People aged 16 to 17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine as their winter dose. AstraZeneca or Novavax can be used if an mRNA vaccine (such as Pfizer or Moderna) is contraindicated.

Winter doses are available at Victorian vaccination centres now, or at your local GP, pharmacy or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

You can also book by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 between 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week. 

Flu Vaccination

The flu vaccine is your best protection against the flu this year, just as the COVID-19 vaccine is your best protection against COVID-19.

It is safe to get your flu and COVID-19 vaccines on the same day, or at the same time.

Some COVID-19 vaccination centres are offering free flu vaccinations to people who are eligible under the National Immunisation Plan

 The COVID-19 vaccination centres that also offer free flu vaccination are listed on the vaccination centres page.

You can also book your flu and COVID-19 vaccinations through your doctor or pharmacy. 

Where can I get vaccinated locally?

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at Victorian vaccination centres, or at your local GP, pharmacy, or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

You can also book by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 between 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week, or book online

For full details of Victorian vaccination centres, including operating hours and centres offering enhanced access for people with disability, visit the Vaccination centres page on the Victorian Government Coronavirus website.  

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Kyneton Health now closed

With GPs and pharmacies now delivering more than 70 per cent of COVID-19 vaccinations, the Vaccination clinic at Kyneton Health closed on 24 June 2022, as part of the Victorian Government’s scaling back of COVID-19 vaccination sites. 

Vaccination at home and Disability Liaison Officers

Vaccination at home

Some people are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at home. The following people are eligible for this service:

  • People aged over 60
  • People aged 12 and over with mobility issues, a disability or special requirements.

To book an at-home appointment, call the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398. For an interpreter, press 0.

Disability Liaison Officers

Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) help people with a disability access health services, including vaccinations.

DLOs can:

You can contact a DLO by either:

Antivirals and other medicines

Medicines are available for eligible people who have COVID-19 to prevent them from getting so sick that they need to go to hospital. These medical treatments are also called early therapies, or antivirals, and can be life-saving.

These medicines do not replace vaccination. Vaccinations are the best protection to protect you from becoming severely ill with COVID-19.

In order for COVID-19 medicines to work at their best, most must be started early - within the first 5 days of COVID-19 symptoms. This is why it is important to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as you notice any symptoms, particularly if you are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill.

Not everyone is eligible for COVID-19 medications. They are only for people with COVID-19 who are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill. This includes people aged 70 years and over and those with other medical illnesses. Besides these groups, most people can manage COVID-19 safely at home without medication.

If you think you might be eligible for COVID-19 medicines see your GP before you contract COVID-19 to discuss which medication is best for you.

Further details including eligibility

Talk to your doctor about medical conditions

If you have questions about a pre-existing medical condition and/or disability and getting a COVID-19 vaccine, it is recommended that you get your COVID-19 vaccine through your doctor (GP). Your doctor will be able to talk to you about your health and any questions you have. 

Vaccine safety, ingredients and side effects

Before vaccines are made available in Australia, they need to pass strict safety standards set by Australia’s independent medicines regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

The best person to talk to if you have concerns about your health and being vaccinated against COVID-19 is your doctor.

Read about COVID-19 vaccines for further details on vaccine safety, ingredients and side effects. 

COVID-19 digital certificates

Find out how to get your COVID-19 vaccination certificate, update it if it's incorrect, show you are vaccinated even if you don't have a Medicare card, and find out how to get proof of vaccination as a family.

Keeping you informed

The Victorian Government has provided Council with funds to help keep local communities informed about the rollout of COVID-19 vaccination. Regular updates will be provided on this page, social media, local newspapers and via other official Council channels.

Due to the ongoing changes and developments, we encourage you to also regularly check the following official government websites:

These websites include a wide range of information on the vaccine and vaccination roll-out. 

Together, we can help keep our community safe and open.