COVID-19 vaccine information
For up to date information about the vaccine rollout, please see the links below:
Update on AstraZeneca vaccine
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has advised that the Pfizer vaccine is preferred over the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 50 years. This is because of evidence of a rare but serious side effect involving blood clotting following the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine. In adults aged under 50 years where the benefits of protection against COVID-19 are likely to outweigh the risks of the side effect, the AstraZeneca vaccine can be used.
People who have received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine with no major adverse reaction are strongly encouraged to receive the second dose as planned, including if they are aged under 50 years.
If you have concerns about your health and the AstraZeneca vaccine you should speak to your doctor.
For further information please refer to the statements below:
COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Yarra Ranges
Victoria has a number of sites and outreach models for its vaccine delivery which include high volume centres, hospital vaccination hubs, GP clinincs, outreach delivery services and community vaccination centres.
Yarra Ranges currently has a number of local GP clinics located within the municipality offering the vaccination service. Locations for these clinics offering the service can be found by entering your details through the vaccine eligibility checker (details below).
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Larger community vaccination centres have been established in Lilydale and Ringwood which are now available to eligible community members.
EACH Lilydale: 18-22 Lakeview Drive, Lilydale, access via vaccination entrance, bookings via phone only: 1300 219 449, open 8:30am – 4pm.
EACH Ringwood: 304A Maroondah Highway, Ringwood, access from Braeside Avenue (former Maroondah City Council civic offices), bookings via HotDoc or phone 1300 097 151, open 8:30am – 4pm.
For further information regarding EACH vaccination clinics please visit the EACH Vaccination Clinics web page.
Please note that Yarra Ranges Council’s Immunisation sessions will continue to provide the standard National Immunisation Program only. This program does not include COVID-19 vaccines.
Vaccine eligibility checker
COVID-19 vaccines are being made available to people in phases as part of the Australian Government vaccine program. You can find out which phase you are in using the Australian Government Department of Health eligibility checker .
The eligibility checker will tell you if you are eligible now and connect you to a vaccine provider near you. If you aren’t eligible for the vaccine yet, you can register to receive an email or SMS notification when you are able to get vaccinated. You can also check your eligibility, find a vaccine provider or register by calling the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080.
COVID-19 vaccine Information & FAQ’s
Australians are encouraged to rely on reputable sources of information to help make informed choices and stay up to date on the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines.
The vaccines being used in Australia are very effective. Getting a COVID-19 vaccination will prevent serious illness and loss of life due to COVID-19.
The Australian Government aims to make COVID-19 vaccines available to as many people in Australia as possible in 2021, with Australia's COVID-19 vaccines being made available in phases. There will be limited doses of COVID-19 vaccines initially, so certain groups at highest risk of infection will get the first doses. There is no cost associated with the vaccine. For more information see Australia’s vaccine program .
Vaccines are tested to ensure they are safe before they are approved for use. Before vaccines are made available in Australia, they need to pass strict Australian safety standards set by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration. Find out more about the vaccines available in Australia and their approval.
With new vaccine developments every day, it’s normal to have questions or concerns, and possibly feel hesitant about getting a vaccine.
The information located in the links below will help people make informed decisions – and get information and facts from trusted sources.
For all COVID-19 vaccine enquiries, complete the enquiry form on the Department of Health website.
Alternatively, you can contact the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080.
Yarra Ranges Council will update this page when more information, relevant to the Yarra Ranges community, becomes available.