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Supporting COVID-19 vaccine recipients

Information about supporting COVID-19 vaccine recipients.

Book your vaccine appointment

From Wednesday 21 April 2021, a number of high-volume vaccination centres will open to people who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. To book an appointment or for more information visit Book your vaccine appointment.

Helpful tips for recipients after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine

Recommend patients to seek medical advice about taking an over-the-counter medicine if they have pain or discomfort.

To reduce pain and discomfort at the vaccination site, patients can:

  • apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area
  • use or exercise their arm.

To reduce discomfort from fever, advise patients to:

  • drink plenty of fluids
  • dress lightly.

Advise patients to call a doctor or healthcare provider if:

  • the redness or tenderness at the vaccination site increases after 24 hours
  • their side effects are worrying them or do not seem to be going away after a few days.

Reviewed 18 April 2021

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