The Commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination program will again expand in Victoria to include all those 40 and over.
From tomorrow, Friday May 28, more than half of all Victoria residents will be able to receive Pfizer or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, helping to protect themselves, loved ones and the entire community.
Victorians between the ages of 40 and 49 will be able to access Pfizer vaccine at state-run vaccination centers, in line with ATAGI’s recommendations.
People aged 40 to 49 who receive the Pfizer vaccine must book an appointment by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 – and can do so now – this is essential as not all vaccination centers will have the Pfizer vaccine.
Victorian residents aged 50 and over will continue to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, either through a state-run vaccination center or participating GP clinic, as recommended by ATAGI.
While many vaccination centers accept walk-in appointments for people aged 50 and over, reservations via the 1800 675 398 hotline are preferred.
Since the launch of the first high-volume vaccination centers, the state program has rapidly expanded to more than 30 hubs in both the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Victoria region.
Victoria had a record demand this week for vaccinations and early bookings, and the Victorian government is grateful for the public’s response and patience.
Quotes attributable to Victoria Minister of Health Martin Foley
“Nearly 400,000 Victorians have already been vaccinated through one of our vaccination centers – it’s time to open the doors to everyone 40 and over.”
“This is a significant step forward in the launch of our vaccine as we work towards our goal of vaccinating as many eligible Victorians as possible.”
“The latest outbreak reminds us that the best thing you can do to protect your community as we head into winter is to go out and get vaccinated.”