PLEASE NOTE: the drive-through clinic on McCallum Street is for COVID-19 TESTING ONLY. You CANNOT access vaccination through this service. Please see information below to book an appointment to access COVID-19 vaccination.
You can check your eligibility and if eligible for the current stage of the rollout you can then book an appointment via https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility.
The service finder in the link above will show you your nearest Clinic and the details to book. The SHDH vaccination clinic is located at 28 High Street, Swan Hill.
Appointments are made via Hot Doc – www.hotdoc.com.au/medical-centres/swan-hill-VIC-3585/swan-hill-respiratory-clinic/doctors
If you are unable to book online but have checked your eligibility you can phone the clinic on 5033 9968 (during business hours Monday-Friday).
There are things you can do ahead of your COVID-19 vaccination to get ready and stay safe.
*If you are not eligible under Medicare, you are still able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for free at our Clinic.
If you do not have a Medicare card, you will need to obtain an Individual Health Identifier (IHI) number. To do this, you will need to complete and submit a Request or update an Individual Healthcare Identifier form. You can also visit a Medicare office to get an IHI.
You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health.
For more information, visit: www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/learn-about-covid-19-vaccines/what-should-i-do-before-i-get-vaccinated-for-covid-19
Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:
If you have had another vaccine, for example the influenza vaccination, in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.
You’ll be required to remain at the Clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccination. After receiving any vaccine, you may experience minor side effects. Most side effects are mild and last no more than a few days.
Common reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations include:
You can use the COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccine. The checker is also available through the National Coronavirus Helpline, 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.
Who to contact
You can ask your doctor for specific advice about side effects.
If you think a COVID-19 vaccine has caused a side effect, you can report it. Reports of suspected side effects help the TGA monitor COVID-19 vaccine safety. Visit the TGA website to find out how.
After your COVID-19 vaccination, it is important that you continue to protect those around you by:
• washing your hands regularly with soap and water
• keeping 1.5m from those you don’t live with
• making sure the COVIDSafe app is active on your phone
• staying informed about local restrictions.
In line with the advice provided by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) in light of the evolving evidence of a rare but serious side effect involving thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following receipt of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the ATAGI has recommended a preference for the use of the Pfizer vaccine in adults aged under 50 years.
It is important to note the following statements from the Commonwealth Government:
It is important to be assured that the SHDH vaccination program will continue using the AstraZeneca vaccine, where it is indicated as safe to do so, and that SHDH will continue to work with both the State and Commonwealth Governments to progress the vaccine rollout in a safe and effective manner.
As per medical advice to the Commonwealth Government, for AstraZeneca the risk/benefit for those 50 and over is vastly in favour of being vaccinated. We encourage our community, when it is your turn, to be vaccinated.
More information on the AstraZeneca vaccine can be found at https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/learn-about-covid-19-vaccines/about-the-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine
COVID-19 vaccination – Eligibility declaration form www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-eligibility-declaration-form
For more COVID-19 vaccine related resources, visit the Department of Health website.
COVID-19 Vaccines animation – www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccines-animation-in-other-languages
How vaccines will be rolled out, and who they will go to first – www.health.gov.au/resources/translated/covid-19-vaccines-priority-rollout-animation-other-languages
For local resources and links to COVID-19 information, including in other languages please see our COVID-19 Community Resources page