Covid vaccines at Gateway Health

Gateway Health is one of the locations where vaccinations will be given against Covid 19 – but not until late April at least.

Though vaccinations against Covid-19 start in Victoria from Monday 22 March 2021, Gateway Health has been advised it will not receive doses for local use for some weeks.

Gateway Health GP Clinics in Wangaratta and Wodonga will be administering the AstraZeneca vaccine developed in the UK.

A small number of other clinics in Wangaratta and Albury Wodonga will also be providing these vaccinations.

Please note that there will be very limited supplies in the early stages while vaccine supplies are being imported. Priority is being given to people in the highest at-risk categories first.

These will include frontline healthcare workers, quarantine and border workers, and residents and staff of aged care and disability care centres.

Supplies will increase in coming months once the vaccine starts to be manufactured in Australia.

A full list of people eligible in the first stage, and later stages, is provided on the Australian Department of Health website:

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19/when-will-i-get-a-covid-19-vaccine

The Australian government has created an ‘eligibility checker’ to help people not sure if they are eligible to get a vaccination in the early stages. The eligibility checker can be found here:

https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

You can also check your eligibility, find a vaccine provider or register with the Department of Health by calling 1800 020 080.

The Australian Government is responsible for providing the vaccine to residents and workers in private sector aged care and disability care.

The Australian Government is also responsible for purchasing the vaccine, ensuring it is safe, distribution, and deciding on the priority groups.

Please note that vaccinations will ONLY be given to those in the listed priority groups at present, and that there may also be a waiting list at first.


 

 

Language support:

  • Information about Covid-19 vaccination is being made available in a range of languages. Details on this can be found at:

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccine-information-in-your-language

About the vaccine:

  • The AstraZeneca vaccine protects you against getting Covid-19. With two doses spaced by 12 weeks you are 80 per cent less likely to get Covid-19 and more than 90 per cent less likely to be hospitalised with Covid-19 than if you do not receive a Covid-19 vaccine.
  • You will need two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to have the best protection. The doses should be administered 12 weeks apart to provide the greatest protection against Covid-19.
  • The Australian Government’s independent expert regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA,) has approved AstraZeneca for use in Australia because it meets Australia’s very high standards for safety, quality and effectiveness.
  • AstraZeneca has been approved by the TGA for use in Australia for people aged 18 years and older.
  • Currently the AstraZeneca doses being delivered were produced in Europe. From late March they will be made in Melbourne.
  • Receiving a Covid-19 vaccine is your choice. The vaccine is free and will be available to all eligible people in Australia.
  • AstraZeneca will protect you from becoming very ill from Covid-19. Large studies from the United Kingdom show that people who were vaccinated with AstraZeneca were 90 per cent less likely to be hospitalised with Covid-19 compared with people who were not vaccinated.
  • Protection against Covid-19 starts from about three weeks after the first dose of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine. The second dose boosts antibody levels and is required to make the protection last longer. 

More information on vaccination across Victoria:

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine

Gateway Health vaccination inquiries:

  • Further information regarding Gateway Health Covid vaccination clinics will be provided in April on our website.