Covid 19 Vaccination Rollout
ATARA Pharmacy are happy to provide AstraZeneca Only COVID-19 immunisation for our local area and wider community. COVID-19 vaccines help to protect our community against coronavirus by preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19. The vaccines are free for everyone in Australia.
COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out to people in phases.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the COVID-19 Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine as the preferred vaccine for those aged 16 to 59 years, but the AstraZeneca vaccine can be provided to people aged 18 to 59 years of age. If you are aged 40 years or more you are eligible for vaccination.
To get vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, you will need to make an informed decision by speaking with your vaccine provider. Some conditions may mean it is not suitable for you and it is important that you discuss this with your healthcare provider.
If you match one or more of the following criteria you are eligible to book for your COVID-19 vaccination:
If you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
Quarantine and border workers*
Frontline healthcare workers*
Residential aged care or disability care worker including community and in-home health care staff paid or unpaid services
Critical or high-risk industries: Defence, Police, Fire, Emergency Services, Meat Processing, Australian Government officials currently or about to be deployed overseas or Workers manufacturing or distributing COVID-19 vaccines
A person with disability
Underlying Medical Condition: Cancers and haematological diseases, currently or in the past, Transplant recipients, Chronic inflammatory, Immunodeficiency conditions, Chronic kidney, liver, lung or neurological conditions or diabetes, Severe obesity, Heart disease and blood pressure disorders, Severe mental health conditions or a carer or support volunteer for someone with underlying medical condition
Undertaking essential international travel granted by the Australian Border Force
* You will need to provide proof of occupation to demonstrate your eligibility before you receive your vaccination
When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can book by clicking the button below to get your first and second doses of the vaccine at our pharmacy
Preparing for Your Vaccination
COVID-19 vaccinations are voluntary and free.
Before your vaccination appointment, you should make sure your details are up to date with Medicare.
If you don’t have your account set up, you can:
You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health:
If you don’t have a Medicare card, or are not eligible for Medicare, you can get your free vaccination at a Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic or a state or territory vaccination clinic. More information is available on the Department of Health website here.
Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:
If you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
If you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
If you are in quarantine
If you have had another vaccine in the 7 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please let your local pharmacy know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.
If you cannot make it to your vaccination appointment, please contact your local Chemist as soon as possible to arrange a new appointment.
You may have other questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please see our frequently asked questions page HERE
What should I do whilst I wait for my COVID-19 vaccine?
Whether you are vaccinated or not, there are things you can do to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. You must:
Stay 1.5 metres away from other people and avoid handshakes and contact with people outside your household
Stay home if you feel unwell and get tested for COVID-19.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitiser
Always cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue and put the tissue in the bin straight away
Download the COVIDSafe app to help health officials let you know if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19
To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, visit health.gov.au
You can book by clicking the button below;