Our Vaccination Clinic is now open

After much anticipation we are now able to provide the annual influenza (flu) vaccine to our local community.

The UFS Pharmacies Vaccination Clinic is available at our pharmacy, 379 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo. Our pharmacies in Maiden Gully, Strathfieldsaye, Bridge Street, and View Street are not operating a Flu Vaccine Clinic this year. This new centralised clinic has been set up with all of the required vaccinator and patient safety, and hygiene measures accounted for – ultimately caring for our team and you.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath you must contact the DHHS hotline on 1800 675 398 immediately.

How much is the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine costs $30 per patient. Payment is required at the time of booking via our online booking portal to minimize the risks associated with COVID-19.

We can provide vaccinations under the National Immunisation Program for a service fee of $20 per patient. Please note these can be obtained from Doctor and bulk-billed under Medicare at no cost to you.

Book now

Bookings for the flu vaccine are to be made online only.

Click here to book your appointment

To book your appointment, simply click here to complete the online booking form, this will only take less than 5 minutes. Note appointments are limited as we continue to support the community and manage the limited supply of the vaccine.

If you have any questions or concerns please email vaccination@bendigoufs.com.au

 

Frequently asked questions.

Who is at risk of getting the flu?

  • Young children
  • Pregnant women
  • Aged 65 years and older
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Those with chronic medical conditions

If you are in any of these categories you are likely to qualify for the National Immunisation Program.

 

Is the formula the same as what is available from my GP?

Yes it is. The stock provided to pharmacies and the stock provided to doctor’s clinics is the same formulation. All 2020 season vaccines are quadrivalent. The vaccines for over 65 years is a special formulation designed at protecting older people against the flu.

 

Why does UFS Pharmacies charge for the vaccine?

We have taken into account many factors in setting the flu vaccination fee for patients.  The standard fee of the flu vaccination service is $30 from UFS Pharmacies.

If as a patient you qualify for the National Immunisation Program a $20 service fee applies for administering the vaccination.  Please note the vaccination is available to be bulk-billed by your GP at no cost to you under the National Immunisation Program.

 

Do we have the over 65 vaccine in stock?

Yes we do! The vaccine is government funded for those aged 65 and over so your doctor may be able to provide this to you bulk-billed. If not, we have plenty of stock available now.

 

What’s the difference between influenza and COVID-19?

While the early symptoms of the seasonal flu and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be similar — fever and cough, for example — and they are transmitted the same way, there are some key differences:

  • Influenza typically has a shorter incubation period (the time from the infection to when symptoms appear) than COVID-19, which means influenza can spread faster. 

  • Those most at risk for severe flu infection are children, pregnant women, elderly, Indigenous Australians, those with underlying chronic medical conditions or who are immunosuppressed. For COVID-19, our current understanding is that older age and underlying conditions increase the risk for severe infection.

For more comparisons, visit the World Health Organisation website here.