Additional bookings will be available from 7am tomorrow.
Young Victorians between 16 and 39 will be able to access the Pfizer vaccine from state-run vaccination centres from tomorrow onwards. Over the next four weeks, there will be over 830, 000 vaccine appointments available at state-run centres across Victoria. 450, 000 of those appointments will be for a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. This expansion follows the additional supply of Pfizer doses from overseas, and will help Victoria reach its target of one million doses over five weeks.
Who is eligible for what?
From Wednesday August 25, those aged 16 and 17 are able to receive Pfizer. Meanwhile, those aged 18 to 59 are eligible for either Pfizer or AstraZeneca. Finally, those aged 60 and over will continue to receive AstraZeneca.
What happens if I already have an AstraZeneca appointment?
If you’re a young Victorian that has already booked an AstraZeneca appointment, but you would prefer to switch to Pfizer, you don’t have to worry about changing your booking or cancelling your appointment. Young Victorians will be offered the Pfizer vaccine once they arrive for their appointment.
However, it is important to note that the number of young Victorians aged 18 to 59 outweighs the appoint of Pfizer vaccines available from the Commonwealth government. AstraZeneca will still be available for young people, as long as they provide consent and discuss the situation with a medical professional.
“We’ve already delivered more than 230,000 doses towards our 1 million jabs target which is a mammoth effort,” said Premier Dan Andrews. “But please, if you haven’t had your vaccination yet, just book it in today to protect yourself and your loved ones.”
Where can I get the vaccine?
There are 55 state-run centres operating across Victoria. Among those, there are three new drive-through vaccination sites. One is in Broadmeadows at the Former Ford Factory. One is in Springvale at Sandown Racecourse. And the third new one is at Eagle Stadium in Werribee. These drive-through sites join the one in Melton at the former Bunnings site, which delivered 1,200 doses in its first week alone.
Of course, vaccines are also available at GPs or selected pharmacies.
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