COVID-19 Vaccination Service

COVID-19

Please note COVID-19 booster bookings may not be available due to a recent rise in demand. We are updating our bookings regularly and encourage you to check for availability again soon if you find your local store is booked out.

 

STORE FINDER MAP FIND A STORE BY STATE CORPORATE COVID-19 VACCINATION SERVICE

 

Ramsay Pharmacy is an approved vaccination provider for the Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Book your first, second or booster COVID-19 vaccination today. 


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COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility Checker

Before you book your appointment, it’s important to ensure you are eligible for the Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine.

Moderna and Pfizer are available to anybody over the age of 12.

AstraZeneca is available to anybody over the age of 18, however Moderna and Pfizer are the preferred vaccines for people aged 12 and over.

Vaccine eligibility can change at any time, and you can check your current eligibility by using the Australian Government vaccine eligibility checker

Booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can book on our website online through the links below, or come in to the pharmacy.
You can also call us to book your appointments to get your first, second and booster doses of the vaccine.
Please call us if you need to confirm what the timing should be between the appointments.

Getting ready for your appointment

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:
• if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
• if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
• if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
• if you are in quarantine.

If you have had another vaccine (other than a flu vaccine) in the 7 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.
If you cannot make it to your vaccination appointment, please contact us to arrange a new appointment.

You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination

 

Find a participating store and book your vaccination or booster dose

We answer some of your important COVID-19 questions below in our FAQs:

The TGA considers the safety, quality and effectiveness of every ingredient in a vaccine before registering the vaccine for use in Australia. The provisional approval pathway is a process that allows for temporary registration of promising new medicines and vaccines where the need for early access outweighs the risks. The TGA carefully assess the results of clinical trials and the way in which the trials were conducted. As a further check, the TGA laboratories assess the quality of every batch of a vaccine before it can be supplied in Australia. The TGA works closely with international regulators to collaborate and share information as part of the evaluations process.

 

No COVID-19 vaccines have been created using live viruses, nor can you catch or shed COVID-19 after vaccination.  All three COVID-19 vaccines available in Australia have been shown to be effective and safe.

 

Moderna: The Moderna vaccine is a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine. This is a different way of developing vaccines; conventional vaccines are often produced using either fragments or weakened forms of the virus, but mRNA vaccines use only parts of the virus’s genetic code. mRNA acts as a set of instructions, and tells your body how to produce fragments of the COVID-19 virus known as spike proteins.  When the spike proteins are produced from mRNA ‘instructions’, the proteins are then ‘displayed’ on the surface of some cells in your body.  Your immune system recognises these proteins as being foreign, and starts preparing its own defences known as antibodies to fight coronavirus.  You will need two doses 4 weeks apart, although this can be reduced to 14 days at an absolute minimum.

When spike proteins are produced by your body and displayed on the surface of cells, it creates a stronger immune reaction and better protection than conventional vaccines.

mRNA vaccines such as Moderna have been shown to be safe and effective for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and can be given to eligible people over 12 years of age.

The Moderna mRNA vaccine must be stored at ultra-cold temperatures (-15°C to -25°C), however can be stored for up to one month at normal refrigerated conditions.  The Moderna vaccine is being manufactured in the United States, Switzerland and Spain.

 

Pfizer:  The Pfizer vaccine is an mRNA vaccine, and almost mirrors the Moderna vaccine in how it works and in effectiveness.  It has also been shown to be safe and effective for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and can also be given to eligible people over 12 years of age.

The Pfizer mRNA vaccine must be stored at ultra-cold temperatures (-70°C), however can be stored for up to one month at normal refrigerated conditions.  The Pfizer vaccine is being manufactured in the United States, Belgium and Germany

 

The AstraZeneca vaccine was developed by the University of Oxford and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.  It is not an mRNA vaccine; instead, it uses a virus harmless to humans to deliver the virus’ genetic code, for the body to respond by creating antigens in a similar way to the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine. Recipients require two doses administered between 4 and 12 weeks apart. It can be stored and transported at normal refrigerated conditions between 2°C and 8°C. The AstraZeneca vaccine is currently manufactured by Australian-headquartered pharmaceutical company CSL.

 

Whilst the AstraZeneca vaccine can be used in eligible people over 18 years of age, mRNA vaccines such as Moderna or Pfizer are preferred for people under 60 years of age.  This is due to an extremely rare, but still present, risk of a particular type of blood clot in younger people.  Whilst the risk of a catastrophic event from the AstraZeneca vaccine is extremely low – less than 1 in 1 million, or roughly the same risk as being struck by lightning – mRNA vaccines do not carry any risk at all of blood clots and are therefore preferred in people under 60 years of age.

 

No, the vaccines are not interchangeable. Your second dose must be of the same vaccine. Tests have not been conducted on the efficacy of the two doses being from different vaccines.

 

Yes, everyone, even those who have had the vaccine, will still be required to practise social distancing, maintain good hand hygiene, and adhere to any other relevant local protocols.

 

Any vaccine approved for use in Australia is first rigorously assessed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. It tests vaccines for safety, quality and efficacy before they can be used in Australia. Millions of people in countries around the world, including the United States and United Kingdom, have now been vaccinated with the Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. More information can be accessed here or watch this video below explaining the approval process.

 

The Australian Government have stated that they will provide all COVID-19 vaccines free of charge to all Australians.

 

Currently, anyone aged under 12 years will not be able to receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and anyone aged under 18 years will not be able to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Moderna or Pfizer vaccine is the recommended vaccine for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and the Australian Government has provided a guide here: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/pregnancy-breastfeeding-and-covid-19-vaccines-english.

If you have any concerns about whether the COVID-19 vaccine is suitable for your circumstances, you should speak to your Pharmacist Immuniser or GP first.

Early trials of COVID-19 vaccines have reported mild side effects such as pain at the injection site, fever, headache or muscle aches. All these side effects were temporary. The COVID-19 vaccines have not been created with live viruses, which means it is impossible to be infected with either vaccine as a result of vaccination. If you have any concerns about whether the vaccine is suitable for your particular medical circumstances, you should speak to your Pharmacist Immuniser or GP first.

If you have any concerns about whether the vaccine is suitable for your particular medical circumstances, you should speak to your Pharmacist first. Prior to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine you will be provided within information about the COVID-19 vaccination and will have the opportunity to ask the Pharmacist Immuniser any questions.

All vaccines take some time to offer protection. It is anticipated those who have the COVID-19 vaccine will be protected after about two weeks of the first dose. The Moderna, Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines will require a follow-up second dose.  

Any vaccine can have people who will not be protected from disease after having the vaccination, the vaccines are not 100% effective in preventing you from catching COVID-19. They create antibodies which can fight the COVID-19 infection to stop you becoming severely unwell. You may still be able to pass COVID-19 on, but the period of time of transmission would be reduced.

Advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations (ATAGI) is that, from 6 months after the second vaccine dose, protection against infection and protection against infecting others begins to decline. Whilst protection against severe COVID-19 remains high well after 6 months, a booster dose is recommended to maintain good protection against milder disease.

The COVID-19 vaccines have not been created with live viruses, which means it is impossible to be infected with either as a result of vaccination.

No, those vaccines are targeted at creating different antibodies for different viruses.

It is a legal requirement that information on everyone receiving the COVID-19 vaccine given to every person is recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Yes, all Australians are encouraged to have their seasonal influenza vaccine in addition to the COVID-19 vaccine. It is advised to still get your flu vaccination and you will need to wait at least 7 days between your flu vaccine and each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Booster doses are additional doses for the general population aged 18 years and over, to maintain high protection against becoming infected with COVID-19. Current evidence shows that, from 6 months after the second dose, protection against becoming infected starts to decline, and if you become infected, you become more likely to transmit infection to other people.

The Omicron variant was first identified in Australia in early December 2021, and early evidence shows that current vaccines are likely to offer less protection against Omicron than with other variants. However a booster dose has been shown to substantially increase protection against Omicron variant infection. If more than 5 months has passed since your second dose, and you are 18 years of age or over, the Australian Department of Health recommends you receive a booster dose. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have received TGA approval to be used as a booster dose, and both are considered equally effective – neither is significantly more effective than the other.

People who are severely immunocompromised – such as those who have received an organ transplant, people undergoing chemotherapy, immunotherapy or radiotherapy to treat cancer, and people taking medicines that severely suppress their immune system are not as well protected after the usual 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines rely on your immune system to recognise the spike proteins produced by your body from the vaccine and launch a response, by creating antibodies against the actual virus that causes COVID-19. These antibodies are what protects you against COVID-19 infection. People who are severely immunocompromised do not have as strong an immune response, and produce fewer antibodies. People in this group need 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to get the same protection as 2 doses in other people. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are preferred for use as third doses, although the AstraZeneca vaccine can be used instead if needed. Third doses should be given between 2 and 6 months after the second dose. If you think you may fall into this group, talk to your Ramsay Pharmacist, your GP or your specialist who can help you decide if you need a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.