Five key facts about the COVID-19 vaccine

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine program in Victoria has begun.

If you are feeling confused or uncertain about the vaccine and what it all means, check out these key facts from the Victorian Department of Health:

  1. The vaccine must pass Australian safety standards – The Pfizer & AstraZeneca vaccines have been rigorously tested and approved by the Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Administration to make sure that are safe.
  2. The first doses are being administered – The vaccine rollout began on Monday 22 February. Our essential workers and most vulnerable will receive the vaccine first.
  3. You will need two doses for it to be effective – Both doses will be free. You will get the same vaccine for both doses.
  4. The COVID-19 vaccine will be voluntary and free – As safe and effective vaccines become available the Australian Government will vaccinate as many people as possible.
  5. Talk to your GP if you are concerned – The best person to ask about your health and the COVID-19 vaccine is your GP.

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Getting the vaccine will help protect you from getting sick from COVID-19. Remember it is still important to stay safe by washing your hands regularly, carrying a face mask with you and wearing it when required, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres distance from others.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you must get tested and stay home.