Covid-19 Vaccine Update



As of the 13th September, 2021 all children (and parents and teachers) aged 12 and over are now eligible for the free covid-19 vaccination.

Students aged 12- 17 will receive the Pfizer vaccine. Adults aged 18 – 59 can chose between Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, aged 60 and over will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Children under 12 are not yet eligible. The best way to protect young children from COVID-19 is for adults and older siblings to get the COVID-19 vaccination.

Students studying any Units 3 and 4 subjects (and their teachers and examiners) are given priority bookings until the end of this week.

The best way to do book your appointment in St Arnaud and surrounds is to call and book an appointment directly with East Wimmera Health Service upcoming vaccine pop up clinics (St. Arnaud 5477 2129; Pfizer and AstraZeneca available), St Arnaud Pharmacy (5495 1911, book online here; AstraZeneca only) or St Arnaud Medical Centre (5495 1766; AstraZeneca only). You can also get vaccinated in Stawell at Stawell Regional Health (5358 6550; Pfizer and AstraZeneca available) or Patrick St Family Practice (5358 7555; Pfizer and AstraZeneca available)

We strongly recommend calling these local numbers directly rather than booking with the Government hotline or website as you may be sent unnecessarily far away or have to wait for a long time for an appointment.

The vaccination is free including for people without Medicare cards. We highly encourage all teachers, parents and students to get the vaccination as soon as possible (and join 72% of people in NGS who have had the vaccination!). All of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and optional and the best way to protect your family from the Delta variant of COVID-19 which is a serious and dangerous disease.

Thank you to everyone who has already rolled up their sleeve and had the vaccination.

Top COVID-19 vaccination resources for parents and children:

  1. Is the vaccine safe? Will I get blood clots? What about myocarditis? Will it affect my or children’s fertility? Great FAQs here.
  2. Video – COVID-19 vaccinations and kids. Is it really necessary to vaccinate children? How do I discuss this with them? Video here
  3. Free online webinar for older teenagers and their families Your Questions Answered for Young People (Department of Health) Tue 14 Sep 6-7pm online
  4. Call the Victorian Government hotline for more information and to chat about vaccination on 1800 675 398 (translated info available)
  5. YACVic information for kids aged 12 -25 Youth Affairs Council Victoria | COVID-19 Vaccines and Young People (yacvic.org.au)
  6. Information in languages for migrant families is here



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