COVID-19 Vaccination

About COVID-19 Vaccination program

PharmaSave pharmacies are committed to supporting their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Select PharmaSave pharmacies are now approved vaccination providers for the AstraZeneca and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, helping to provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local areas and the wider community.

When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can book your appointments to get your first and second doses of the vaccine.

Moderna availability is currently limited, but is growing quickly. If you do not see any available appointment times that suit you, please check back soon

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Contact your nearest Pharmasave pharmacy to book the appointment.

Researchers and government departments like Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration have been dedicated to developing and rigorously testing COVID-19 vaccines without compromising safety and effectiveness. This global collaboration has meant the COVID-19 vaccines could move through all the regular stages of vaccine development and implementation simultaneously rather than one after another. [i]

[i] https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/is-it-true/is-it-true-were-covid-19-vaccines-developed-too-quickly-to-be-safe

The most commonly reported side effects from COVID-19 vaccines are headache, aches and pains, fever, and tenderness at the site of injection. These side effects are typical of many vaccines, and usually, last only a day or two. The investigation is continuing into the rare but serious side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.[i]

The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s safety monitoring team of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and scientists are closely monitoring any reported side effects from the vaccine to investigate any safety issues.

Up-to-date information regarding vaccine safety and vaccine recommendations can be found here and here.

Speak to your pharmacist or doctor if you have concerns about the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines or which vaccine is most appropriate for you.

[i] https://www.tga.gov.au/covid-19-vaccine-safety-monitoring-and-reporting

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) currently recommends that patients receive the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 at least 7 days apart where possible.[i]

[i] https://www.health.gov.au/news/updated-atagi-advice-on-administering-seasonal-influenza-vaccines-in-2021

For most people with existing health conditions, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is still recommended – see here for further information. Speak with your doctor to find out what’s right for you.

Everyone in Australia will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine. Use the Department of Health’s Eligibility Checker to see when you can book your vaccine: https://covid- vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility?lang=en

The COVID-19 vaccine may not stop you from ever getting COVID-19, but both the AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be effective at stopping people from becoming very ill or dying if they catch COVID-19.[i]

[i] https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-atagi-clinical-guidance-on-covid-19-vaccine-in-australia-in-2021

There is no live virus in the COVID-19 vaccine. Most COVID-19 vaccines contain a spike protein that looks like the spikes on the outside of the COVID-19 virus particle or stimulate the body to produce this spike protein. The immune system recognises this spike protein and produces antibodies.[i]

[i] https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/is-it-true/is-it-true-can-covid-19-vaccines-give-you-covid-19

PharmaSave pharmacists administering COVID-19 vaccinations have completed extensive training regarding vaccinations generally, as well as specific training for COVID-19 vaccinations.

No. The COVID-19 vaccine is currently free to everyone in Australia.

You will receive your vaccine in a safe, private space within the pharmacy.