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Victorian Department of Health webinar about the COVID-19 vaccine for all health care workers


31st May 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines | Your questions answered 
Thursday 10 June | 11am-12pm | Webinar for Victorian healthcare workers 

Hosted by Victorian Department of Health, this webinar is for all healthcare workers eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1.  

Join Grace Carroll, Prof Ben Cowie and A/Prof Margie Danchin for an in-depth discussion about the COVID-19 vaccines. Explore how the vaccines were developed, separate the facts from the myths and media hype, and answer your questions. 

Topics 

  • The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination for healthcare workers, the people they care for and our community.
  • The difference between the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.
  • How the vaccines were developed.
  • How effective are the vaccines and how long will they last?
  • What are the possible side effects and early symptoms of an adverse reaction and what should I do?

Learning outcomes 

  • Make an informed choice about getting the vaccine yourself.
  • Greater confidence to talk to your patients.

Register 

This is a complimentary webinar. Places are limited and registration is required.

Register via Eventbrite

Subscribe 

To keep up to date on the latest information, you can subscribe to the COVID-19 Vaccines Project Update

Speakers

Grace Carroll 

Infectious disease nurse, COVID-19 ward, Royal Melbourne Hospital 
Grace is a Nurse Unit Manager at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Hear firsthand her experience working in the COVID-19 ward and spending weeks in isolation after she contracted COVID-19, as well as her COVID-19 vaccination experience. 

Professor Ben Cowie

Senior Medical Advisor, Executive Director COVID-19 Immunisation Program Department of Health, Victoria  
Professor Benjamin Cowie is an infectious diseases physician and epidemiologist, with a clinical appointment at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and a public health research appointment at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory at the Doherty Institute.

A/Prof Margie Danchin

Chair, Collaboration on Social Science  and Immunisation 
Vaccine Uptake Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute  
A/Prof Margie Danchin is consultant paediatrician within the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She is an immunisation expert with over ten years of experience in vaccine clinical trials, vaccine safety, program evaluation, health system strengthening and vaccine policy. 

The information provided in this webinar is general in nature. If you have any concerns about your health and getting the COVID-19 vaccine, please speak to your general practitioner or other health professional. 

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine 

27 May 2021 

All people in phases 1a and 1b, including healthcare workers, and people aged 40 years and over are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine now. 

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect against COVID-19. The more people who get the vaccine, the fewer people are able to spread the virus. 

·       If you are aged 50 years and over, you can access the AstraZeneca vaccine through a state vaccination centre or a GP (see below).

  • If you are under 50 years of age and eligible, you can access the Pfizer vaccine by booking at a state vaccination centre (see below).

How to book an appointment 

State vaccination centres are located throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. For your nearest state vaccination centre visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-centres  

How to book

State vaccination centres  

Call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398     
Translators are available via the hotline – select option 0.  

GP clinics

Anyone aged 50 years and over can receive your vaccine through participating GPs, community health services, ACCHOs and GP respiratory clinics. Use the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker to find a nearby clinic.  

Preparing for vaccination 

After you book your appointment you will receive an email confirmation. Please read this email carefully, as it has important instructions about what you need to do on the day of your vaccination. 

What to bring 

Medicare card (if you have one) or Individual Health Identifier (if you have one).

  • Photo ID that shows date of birth e.g. a Victorian driver's licence.
  • Proof of occupation (ID card, Ahpra registration details or Eligibility Declaration Form).

You should wait at least 14 days after the flu vaccine to receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

More information 

COVID-19 vaccines www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine

 

 

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