COVID-19 – Vaccination Information

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

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?

  • By getting vaccinated, you are protecting your health, and also helping protect your family, friends and community. 

  •  We’re not safe until we are all safe.

  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you from getting sick from COVID-19. The vaccines are very effective at preventing serious illness and death due to COVID-19.

  • As more people get vaccinated, the more the community is protected. This also makes it harder for COVID-19 to spread.

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

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, no matter how mild, you must get tested and stay home.

Are the vaccines safe?

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).

Learn more about Australia’s vaccine program 

Who can get vaccinated?

  • Anyone aged 12 years and over.

  • People who turn 12 during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout will be able to get vaccinated if they meet criteria for vaccination at that time.

Read more about who can get vaccinated. 

The COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia.

Where can I get vaccinated locally?

To attend any of these locations (including drive-through vaccination sites) you must make a booking online or by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

As of 25 August 2021, the Victorian Government vaccination centres closest to the Macedon Ranges are:

  • Kyneton Health - 7-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Kyneton, VIC 3444  *Appointments available on Tuesdays and Fridays.

  • Bendigo Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic - 113-133 Mollison St, BENDIGO, VIC 3550

  • Kilmore District Health - Outpatients building – 1 Anderson Road, Kilmore VIC 3764

  • Western Health – Sunshine - 176 Furlong Road , ST ALBANS, VIC 3021

  • Melton vaccination hub (indoors) - 149 -169 Barries Rd, Melton, VIC 3337

  • Ballan vaccination hub - Ballan Mechanics Institute, 143 Inglis St, Ballan VIC 3342

Drive-through vaccination sites are also in operation at the:

  • Campbellfield Ford complex – 358 Barry Road, and

  • Melton (former Bunnings site) – 149 -169 Barries Road.

For full details of the centres, including operating hours, visit the Vaccination centres page on the Victorian Government Coronavirus website.

In addition to these Victorian Government vaccination centres, there are also a number of GP providers offering COVID-19 vaccinations within the Macedon Ranges Shire, some of which can now be accessed via the online booking system.

If you prefer to receive your vaccination at your GP clinic, please first check the online booking system for your local GP listing. If your local GP is not listed, and you wish to contact them directly to find out if they are offering the COVID-19 vaccines, please be patient when contacting them. They are likely to be experiencing high levels of demand.

New clinics and appointments are being added to the online booking system all the time, so please check back regularly if you can’t find a clinic in your location or make an appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Kyneton Health

The Community COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Kyneton Health is now open for appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays. Bookings can be made online or via the booking hotline on 1800 675 398. 

Other Victorian vaccination centres 

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 brands

You will receive the vaccine you are eligible for. Read more about COVID-19 vaccines.

  • In line with the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), the Australian Government will prioritise:

- the Pfizer vaccine for people aged under 60 years old, and eligible people over 60

- the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 60 years and over.

  • Victorians aged 12-39 will be offered the Pfizer vaccine, the recommended vaccine for their age group.

  • People aged 18-39 who have already booked for their first vaccine dose at a vaccination centre will be offered the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. They do not need to rebook or change their existing vaccine appointment at a vaccination centre.

  • People who have already had a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be offered a second dose of the same vaccine brand.

  • Eligible adults aged 18-59 can choose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine through state vaccination centres, or participating doctor’s clinics and pharmacies, respiratory clinics and community health centres. 

Vaccine dose intervals and ingredients

  •  You need two separate doses (injections) of the vaccine to complete the course of vaccination and give you the best level of protection against COVID-19.
  • The two doses need to be administered a few weeks apart. The recommended space between doses is usually 6 weeks for Pfizer, and 4 - 12 weeks for AstraZeneca.

  • Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines do not contain milk, egg, latex, or pork products.

Side effects of the vaccines

Most side effects of COVID-19 vaccines are mild. They can include reactions at the injection site and some systemic reactions, like headaches, fever, chills and fatigue. These are common in the first 48 hours after vaccination.

How long does it take to have immunity after vaccination? 

Whilst partial protection against COVID-19 may be as soon as 12 days after the first dose, individuals may not be fully protected until 7-14 days after their second dose of the vaccine.

For further information on safety, quality and effectiveness of the vaccines visit tga.gov.au/covid-19-vaccines

Ways to book

To book your appointment at a Victorian Government vaccination centre:

  • For an interpreter, press 0.
  • If you or the person that you are booking has a disability and needs additional support to get a COVID-19 vaccine, email DLOcoordinator@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Walk-ins are accepted at some centres. If you walk in, you should be prepared to wait until an immuniser is free to provide you with a vaccine. You can Check which centres accept walk-ins, their wait times and their opening hours at Victorian Vaccination Centres.

If you prefer to receive your vaccination at your GP clinic, please first check the online booking system for your local GP listing. If your local GP is not listed, and you wish to contact them directly to find out if they are offering the COVID-19 vaccines, please be patient when contacting them. They are likely to be experiencing high levels of demand.

Accessible information

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

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