How to get a Covid vaccine appointment
This article covers the ways in which you can get a Covid vaccine, with links to booking appointments and a list of locations and opening hours across states.
How many vaccination sites are there?
Around the country there are more than 6,300 places to get the jab. This includes more than 5,000 GP clinics and respiratory clinics, 830 state and territory facilities and nearly 300 pharmacies.
What vaccinations can I get?
Pfizer shots are available at only 1,550 GP clinics but you can get an AstraZeneca vaccine at more than 5,120 GP clinics. At this stage chemists only provide AstraZeneca shots. State vaccination hubs provide Pfizer and AstraZeneca doses.
What information do I need to provide to get a vaccine?
Before you can get the jab, you’ll need to fill in some online or paper forms and provide details about your age and Medicare number.
If you are a frontline worker, you will need proof of your employment such as a pay slip.
If you are booking online, you will then need to set up an online account through the booking platform before you can make a vaccine appointment.
Where can I get the vaccine?
Walk in clinics
In some states like Victoria and Queensland there are walk in clinics where you can queue up to get an AstraZeneca shot. This can take hours, depending on demand. Or you can book an appointment at the venues listed below:
- Victoria (if you are over 60): www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-centres
- Queensland: www.health.qld.gov.au/community-vaccination-locations-opening-this-weekend
- NSW: Sydney has a number of walk-in clinics for the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines without making an appointment. The service is free and so far available in select locations in Sydney’s west and southwest – listed below. Apart from the walk-in clinics, coronavirus vaccines are also available by appointment.
Walk-in AstraZeneca vaccine clinics in Sydney’s west and southwest
- Chipping Norton Community Centre, Ascot Drive, Chipping Norton, Mondays 8.30am to 4.30pm
- Wattle Grove Community Centre, Village Way, Wattle Grove, Tuesdays 8.30am to 4.30pm
- Michael Wenden Aquatic Leisure Centre, Cabramatta Ave, Miller, Thursdays, 8.30am to 4.30pm
- Michael Clarke Recreation Centre, 2 Margaret Dawson Drive, Carnes Hill, Fridays 8.30am to 4.30pm
- Community Hall at Lao Cultural Centre, 711-715 Smithfield Road, Edensor Park, Wednesdays 8.30am to 4.30pm
- Prairiewood AstraZeneca Clinic at 194-222 Restwell Road, seven days a week, 8am to 4.30pm
- Alamanah College (Mosalla mosque site) 35 Brancourt Ave, Bankstown, Saturdays, 8.30am to 4.30pm
- Lebanese Muslim Association, 71-75 Wangee Rd, Lakemba, Friday, July 30 10am to 4pm
- Campsie Community Health Centre, 143 Beamish St, Campsie, Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1, 10am to 4pm
- Parry Park Sports Centre, 571-577 Punchbowl Rd, Lakemba, August 2-4, 10am to 4pm
- Holroyd Centre (Waratah Room), 11-17 Miller St, Merrylands, Mondays, 9am to 3pm
- Greystanes Community Centre, 732 Merrylands Road, Merrylands, Tuesdays 9am to 3pm
- Ted Burge Hall57 Centenary Rd, Merrylands, Wednesdays, 9am to 3pm
- Allan G Ezzy Community Centre, 1 Newport Street, Pemulwuy, Thursdays, 9am to 3pm
- Guildford Community Centre, 367 Guildford Road, Guildford, Fridays, 9am to 3pm
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- Riverwood Community Centre, 151 Belmore Rd North, Riverwood, August 2-4, 10am to 4pm
Drive through vaccination stations
Australia’s first drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic has been set up in Melbourne’s outer north-west of Melton, Victoria. People drive up to parking bays, spoke to a healthcare worker, and received their dose.
The site was planned in line with advice from Australia’s vaccine advisory group, ATAGI, on what a safe drive-through model would look like. The planning included looking at how countries such as Israel and the United States had successfully used drive-through sites for vaccination.
It will begin with the Pfizer vaccine, and eligibility will be the same as at any clinic or doctor’s office in Victoria: People aged 40 to 59 can book in through the Department of Health before driving up.
Family groups can go together, as long as the Western Health staff have access to all the relevant arms through the car window.
State-based Covid vaccination hubs
NSW is running a mass vaccination hub at Sydney Olympic Park open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 5pm Sunday. You must make an appointment through this link: www.covid19appointment.nt.gov.au/vaccinate/appointment
There are vaccination hubs in Melbourne suburbs including Ascot Vale, Broadmeadows, Carlton, Coburg, Cranbourne, Deer Park, Epping, Frankston, Heidelberg Heights, Ringwood, Sandringham, South Morang, South Wharf, Springvale, St Albans and West Melbourne.
Regional Victorian hubs are based in towns including Ballarat, Bendigo, Capel Sound, Sale, Shepparton, Traralgon East, Wangaratta, Wodonga and Wonthaggi.
You can book an appointment for AstraZeneca, or for Pfizer if you are eligible, as well as find the full list of vaccination centres and see which accept over-60s walk-ins, at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-centres
South Australia has four vaccine hubs. An appointment can be made through this link: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covid-19/vaccination+hubs
Tasmania is running 11 vaccine clinics, but the opening times and dates vary. You can find them here: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/covid-19-vaccination/book-your-vaccine
The Northern Territory is running nine vaccination clinics at Royal Darwin Hospital, Tracy Village, Danila Dilba Health Services, Palmertson, Commonwealth Vaccination Centre (Palmerston), Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs Hospital, Alice Springs Clinic and Gove. To book, go to: www.covid19appointment.nt.gov.au/vaccinate/appointment
Federal government booking service
You can book a vaccine appointment through the Australian Government’s Department of Health website using their eligibility checker. The platform will ask you a series of questions about your age and occupation and health status to determine if you are eligible for a shot and will then allow you to book an appointment at a GP clinic or respiratory near you. Go to: www.covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility
GP booking apps
Book with your regular GP
You can check with your regular GP whether they are providing the vaccinations and make an appointment with them directly. Not all GPs are approved to deliver the shots.
Making an appointment at a GP respiratory clinic is your best chance of getting an earlier vaccine appointment. There are 130 of these GP clinics around the country and these doctors receive more than 1,000 doses if the AstraZeneca vaccine each week, compared to regular GP clinics which get deliveries of 150-600 doses a week.
The small number of GP clinics delivering Pfizer jabs get 300 doses a week. GP respiratory clinics get 500 Pfizer doses a week.
How long will you have to wait for an appointment?
Supply of the Pfizer vaccine is limited until September and October and at most places you have to wait until September or longer to get an appointment for this vaccine.
There is plenty of supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine and you will get an appointment three times faster, within a few days or a week, if you opt for this vaccine.
Important note: Please consult with your GP if you are over 60 before getting you vaccination, especially if you have any health concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine, or family history of blood clots or similar.
Note, these venues may change or expand weekly, so please check your local government and council websites and social media pages for updated information.
The COVID-19 vaccine available to all Australians throughout 2021 visit the Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination website to learn about how the vaccine was developed, how it works and when you might be eligible. Including the Vaccine Eligibility Checker and Side Effect Checker below.
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