Doses of the Moderna vaccine will be delivered to 721 pharmacies around Victoria.
The first million Moderna doses arrived in Australia last weekend, and now, thousands of doses will be delivered into pharmacies around Victoria. Over 300, 000 doses will be delivered to Victorian pharmacies this month. This amount will ramp up further in October and November.
What kind of vaccine is Moderna?
Like Pfizer, Moderna is an mRNA vaccine. Just like Pfizer and AstraZeneca, you will need two doses of this vaccine. The second dose is usually given four to six weeks after the first.
Victorians aged 12 to 59 are currently eligible for Moderna. Meanwhile, those over the age of 60 are encouraged to get AstraZeneca.
Moderna is safe to take for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
For more details about Moderna, check out this handy fact sheet from the Australian Government.
Where can you get it?
Moderna will be available at 440 pharmacies this week. Then, a further 281 pharmacies will have the vaccine next week. You won’t find Moderna at state-run vaccination centres, so you’ll have to book an appointment directly with the pharmacy.
Click here to find a pharmacy near you and book a vaccine appointment.
567 coronavirus cases were locally acquired in the past 24 hours. There are now 5,675 active cases in Victoria.
72.7 per cent of Victorians have received a first vaccine dose, and 44.2 per cent are fully vaccinated. Over the weekend, certain lockdown restrictions eased as a result of 70 per cent of Victorians getting a first dose.
On Sunday, Premier Dan Andrews announced a roadmap out of lockdown, which outlined what would happen once we hit more vaccination targets. When 80 per cent of eligible Victorians are fully vaccinated, Victoria will transition to a National Plan that is agreed by National Cabinet.
For more information about the roadmap, click here.
Book a Moderna appointment here.
For a Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine at a state-run vaccination centre, click here.