UFS Pharmacies are part of the current national COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout and are proud to be part of the program that supports reducing the COVID-19 outbreaks and illness across our community.

Booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

 

When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can book on our website on the below ‘book here‘ link. You can also call us on 03 5442 0444 to book your appointments to get your first and/or second doses of the vaccine. Make sure you book an appointment for your first and second doses of the vaccine.

Please call us if you need to confirm what the timing should be between the appointments. If you need phone or on-site interpreting, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50.

UFS Pharmacies are not accepting walk in appointments at this time.

Vaccines available

UFS Pharmacies are able to provide the AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)Moderna (Spikevax) and Pfizer (Comirnaty, Children ONLY) vaccinations as part of the COVID-19 National Rollout. If you would prefer the Pfizer vaccine (12 years and over) please visit here to find your local vaccine provider. 

Persons aged 12 years and over are eligible for Moderna. It is recommended that persons aged 12 and 59 years get the Pfizer vaccine and those aged over 60 years get the AstraZeneca vaccine.

UFS Pharmacies will only be providing the Pfizer (Comirnaty) for children aged 5 years to 11 years. 
 

Boosters

Booster COVID-19 Vaccinations are able to be booked now. UFS Pharmacies are only providing Moderna as a booster through our online booking system. If you seek AstraZeneca as a booster please contact us at vaccination@bendigoufs.com.au to discuss.

 

Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)

Comirnaty

(Pfizer)

Comirnaty

(Pfizer Children)

Spikevax (Moderna)

Recommended dose interval

12 weeks

21 days

8 weeks

28 days

Approved dose interval

4 to 12 weeks

3 to 6 weeks

3 to 8 weeks

4 to 6 weeks

Approved age

18 years and older

12 years and older

5 to 11 yrs

12 years and older

Third dose (as part of primary course for severe immunocompromised)


Yes, but not preferred

Preferred for a third dose

Not required

Preferred for a third dose

Boosters (from 4 months after 2nd dose)

Not preferred 

Yes

Not required

Yes

(half dose only and for 18 yrs and older)


Available at UFS Vaccination Clinic

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Booster appointments at UFS Vaccination Clinic

From Tuesday 11th January 2021

(phone appointment only – not available via online booking)


No

Not required

From Tuesday 11th January 2021

Which UFS Pharmacies store is providing the COVID-19 vaccination?

Appointments are only available at our 379 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo location.

What you need for booking your appointment

Before your vaccination appointment, you should make sure your details are up to date with Medicare.

If you don’t have your account set up, you can:

Your Medicare or IHI will be required to make your appointment – this will make it quicker on the day of your appointment.

Getting ready for your appointment on the day

You will receive an email and text message reminder up to 48 hours before 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 cannot make it to your vaccination appointment, please contact us to arrange a new appointment.

Supporting information

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

Information for persons whom are immunocompromised are encouraged to read here: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/atagi-recommendations-on-the-use-of-a-third-primary-dose-of-covid-19-vaccine-in-individuals-who-are-severely-immunocompromised

Information on preparing for COVID-19 vaccination is available in other languages at: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publication/preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination-other-language

How to contact us

Email: vaccination@bendigoufs.com.au

Phone: 03 5442 0444

Frequently asked COVID-19 vaccination questions

Everyone in Australia will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine. High priority groups who are more susceptible to catching COVID-19 or more vulnerable to becoming extremely ill if infected with COVID-19 or persons working in a high risk workplace are prioritised. 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 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. Investigation is continuing into rare side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

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.

Speak to our team of pharmacists and nurses if you have concerns about the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer* vaccines available in Australia require two doses (of the same type) to provide the best protection against COVID-19.

*The Pfizer vaccination is not available at UFS Pharmacies.

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

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

*Pfizer vaccination is not available at UFS Pharmacies.

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 to fight against COVID-19.

We recommend that you view the Australian Government fact sheet on the AstraZeneca vaccine and potential suspected thrombosis with thrombocytopenia. This fact sheet provides you information to help you make an informed decision here.

Our nurses and pharmacists are administering the COVID-19 vaccinations and have completed extensive training regarding general vaccinations, as well as specific training for COVID-19 vaccinations.

No. The COVID-19 vaccine is free to everyone in Australia whether a resident or not. 

You will receive your vaccine in a safe, private space within our pharmacy. We pride ourselves on providing this space allowing you to feel comfortable and ask any questions that you may have. 

Appointments do book out and you may need to look at an appropriate time in coming weeks but we do offer a waitlist option. We recommend you do book an appointment even if it’s some time away and if there is a cancellation, we’ll contact you to check your availability.

We welcome you to further research the vaccination and the virus if you wish. A great reputable resource to view is healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus.  

  • If your second dose was on 5th June 2021 you are due for a booster on the 5th October 2021 (the day of the month matches the day you are due).

They will be given the Pfizer formulation for those aged 12 and over.

Updated 11 January 2022