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Vaccination information for senior people

Information about COVID-19 vaccines for older people and people living in aged care.

How to get the vaccine

Vaccination centres are open to people who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Information for senior Victorians

Older people are part of the priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccines as they have a greater risk of serious COVID-19 infections. 

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine

People aged 70 years and over are currently eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. You can choose to get vaccinated at any of the following locations:

  • high-volume vaccination centres
  • local general practices
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations
  • Community Health Centres.

High-volume vaccination centres will be open for AstraZeneca vaccinations for people in Phase 1a and Phase 1b, including people aged 70 years and over.

  • If you are aged 70 years and over and/or have a pre-existing medical condition you are encouraged to get vaccinated through your GP so you can get individual advice and care.
  • Carers of people aged 70 years and over are also eligible to receive the vaccine and can book to get vaccinated at the same time.

You are encouraged to speak with your GP about any questions you have about your health and the COVID-19 vaccines.

Getting vaccinated through your GP

  • If you are aged 70 years or over and/or have a pre-existing medical condition, you are encouraged to get vaccinated through your usual GP.
  • Your GP or other usual health care provider is the best person to speak with about any questions you have about your health and the COVID-19 vaccines before getting vaccinated.
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions you are encouraged to receive your vaccination through your GP.
  • Your GP or healthcare provider can talk to you about the risks and benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine and help you make an informed choice about what’s best for you.
  • To book an appointment to get vaccinated, contact your local GP or use the Australian Government’s Eligibility Checker for a list of services near you.

Getting vaccinated at a high-volume vaccination centre

If you are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine you can get vaccinated at a high-volume centre by:

  • Booking an appointment using the Victoria Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
  • Walk-in appointments will also be available. However, using the hotline to book ahead on 1800 675 398 is recommended. If you walk in, you should be prepared to wait until an immuniser is free to provide you with a vaccine.

Learn more about the high-volume vaccination centres.

AstraZeneca vaccine

The Australian Government has provided information on AstraZeneca vaccine for people to make an informed choice:

If you have any questions about AstraZeneca vaccine, speak with your GP, community health service or Aboriginal healthcare provider.

Information for aged care residents

Aged care residents are one of the priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccines in phase 1a.  

More information for aged care residents, staff and providers is available by visiting the Australian Government Department of Health website.  

Reviewed 03 May 2021

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