COVID-19 – Vaccination Information
Council is not a COVID-19 vaccination provider, however we hope to share information as it becomes available, so you can make an informed decision around getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe and voluntary. The more people who are vaccinated, the greater the protection for those vaccinated and the whole community.
Why get vaccinated?
- By getting vaccinated, you are protecting your health, and also helping protect your family, friends and community.
- 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
Am I eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?
Many people are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine – including everyone who is 40 years and over. Check if you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Where can I get vaccinated locally?
As of 9 June 2021, the Victorian Government vaccination centres closest to the Macedon Ranges are:
- 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
- Melbourne Showgrounds - Gate 11, Epsom Rd, ASCOT VALE, VIC 3032
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. If you prefer to receive your vaccination at your GP clinic, please check with your local GP to find out if they are offering the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Kyneton Health
A COVID-19 Vaccination Centre will open mid to late June at Kyneton Health, 7-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Kyneton. Bookings will be required through an online booking system with Central Highlands Community Health (coming soon). Please continue to monitor this website.
Other Victorian vaccination centres
Talk to your doctor GP 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.
About the vaccines
- 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 space between doses is usually between 3 and 6 weeks for Pfizer, and 12 weeks for AstraZeneca.
- Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines do not contain milk, egg, latex, or pork products.
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, contact your local GP regarding availability and booking.
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 with the vaccination schedule and locations, 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.