The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family and will help prevent the further spread of the virus. When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and helping to protect the whole community. Higher vaccination rates makes outbreaks much less likely. It also reduces the need for preventive measures, such as border closures and travel restrictions.
You can now get your COVID-19 vaccination at selected Star Discount Chemist locations please see below for a store near you to make your booking.
Some quick FAQ's to assist you
Please note important information regarding timing intervals between vaccines:
The preferred minimum interval between the Flu vaccine or other vaccines and COVID-19 vaccine in 2021 is 7 days. This approach may reduce the likelihood of overlapping adverse events following immunisation.
If you are planning to book in for your COVID-19 vaccine, please seek advice from your Pharmacist, GP or immunising health care professional about the most appropriate time to make your appointment, so the minimum interval of 7 days from your other vaccines can be observed.
Approved pharmacies in QLD, NSW and SA are able to provide the Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) vaccine to eligible people aged 18 years and over or the Spikevax (Moderna) or Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine to eligible people aged 12 and over.
Currently, the Department of Health advise mRNA vaccines (such as the Spikevax/Moderna vaccine or the Comirnaty/Pfizer vaccine) are preferred if you are aged 12-59.
Please check availability via the booking links or direct with your local Star Discount Chemist.
Spikevax (Moderna) vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15 years
You will need to provide consent when your child attends the Star Discount Chemist COVID-19 Vaccination clinic.
Download and complete the consent form for your child and bring this along to your child’s appointment.
If you are unable to attend the appointment, send the form along with your child and a responsible person aged over 18 years.
You will need to be available via telephone at the time of your child’s appointment to confirm consent with our vaccinating Pharmacist.
For people who have already been vaccinated with their first dose of the Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) or the Spikevax (Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to book your appointment for your second dose.
You are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose if you:
Booster doses are not mandatory, however they are recommended to maintain immunity against COVID-19.
Benefits of a booster dose
Two doses of COVID-19 vaccine provide very good protection, especially against severe disease.
A booster dose will make sure the protection from the first two doses is even stronger and longer lasting, and should help prevent spread of the virus.
A booster dose increases your protection against infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, severe disease or dying from COVID-19.
A booster dose will continue to protect you, your loved ones and your community against COVID-19.
Booster doses are free for everyone
Make sure your details are correct.
While you wait for your appointment, there are some things you can do now to get ready.
Make sure your details are up to date with Medicare. You can do this via:
• The Medicare online account through myGov
• The Express Plus Medicare app.
• Calling the Medicare program.
If you don’t have your account set up, you can:
• Enrol in Medicare, if you’re not already enrolled.
• Set up your Medicare online account, if you’re enrolled in Medicare, but don’t have
Medicare linked to myGov.
• Get an Individual Health Identifier (IHI), if you’re not eligible for Medicare.
Once you’ve had your vaccine, you’ll be able to get an immunisation history statement to prove
your vaccination status. You can find out how to get your immunisation history statement on the Services Australia website.
If you do not have a Medicare number, please contact a Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic to receive your Covid immunisation.
There is a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines in Australia and globally. This means, people
who have the highest risk of severe COVID-19 and/or exposure to the virus will receive the
vaccine first. Other people will be vaccinated over time. Find out who will be prioritised for
vaccination by visiting www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines. You can check to see if you can book a COVID-19 vaccination yet by visiting https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/.
You should not attend a COVID-19 vaccination appointment if you:
• are unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that
could be from COVID-19
• are awaiting COVID-19 test results
• have tested positive with COVID-19 and you are in isolation
• are in quarantine
• are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
If you fall into any of the above categories, check with your immunisation provider. You may need to reschedule your appointment for vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines are not effective at
If you have had another vaccine in the 7 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, tell your immunisation provider. Your immunisation provider may ask you to reschedule your
You are not required to test for COVID-19 before vaccination if you do not have a fever or any respiratory symptoms.
Plan ahead for two doses
It is important that you receive two doses of your COVID-19 vaccine. There should be about 12 weeks between the two doses if you receive the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca. Optimal protection against COVID-19 will not occur until about one to two weeks after your second dose.
What to expect at your vaccination appointment
You should bring the following to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment:
• photo ID, if you have one
• Medicare card
• employee ID, if you are getting a COVID-19 vaccine because of your occupation.
• information about any of your medical conditions, allergies, bleeding disorders or
immunocompromise (i.e. weakened immune system)
• information about any medications you are taking
• information about any previous COVID-19 vaccine received (vaccine brand and date of
• information about any reactions you have had to any vaccine in the past
• the name of your current GP/s and any specialist doctors you see
• a face mask (if required by your state/territory).
At your appointment, you will be able to discuss any questions you have about COVID-19 vaccinations with your immunisation provider.
Tell your immunisation provider if you are under the age of 60 years, if you have any medical conditions or if you are taking any medications. In particular, make sure to tell them if you:
• have had an allergic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to an
ingredient of the vaccine
• have had anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) to other vaccines or other medicines
• have had thrombosis with thrombocytopenia occurring after the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
• other serious adverse events attributed to the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
• have a history of heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), central venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), blood clots in the abdominal veins or antiphospholipid syndrome with blood clots
• have a mast cell disorder
• have a bleeding disorder or are receiving anticoagulant therapy (a blood thinner)
• are pregnant
• are immunocompromised (i.e. have a weakened immune system or take immune
• have had COVID-19 in the past, or have ongoing illness from COVID-19
• have received another COVID-19 vaccine (and which brand)
• have received any vaccine in the last 7 days health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines 3
In some circumstances, it may be better to have a discussion with your healthcare provider about vaccination before making an appointment for vaccination. You can also read information
about the specific vaccine you are receiving:
• Information on COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
You will receive the vaccine as an injection, most commonly into your upper arm muscle. You must remain in the vaccination clinic for observation for at least 15 minutes after vaccination.
Depending on your medical history, you may be asked to wait in the clinic for 30 minutes.
For information on how your personal details are collected, stored and used visit:
Australians have a great record in being immunised. The COVID-19 vaccine will be voluntary, universal and free.
When a safe and effective vaccine is available in Australia for COVID-19, the Government aims to have as many Australians as possible choose to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
If people choose not to have a COVID-19 vaccine, this will not affect their family's eligibility for Family Tax Benefit Part A or child care fee assistance which only includes National Immunisation Program vaccines for those aged
younger than 20.
It is possible that in future, vaccination against COVID-19 might become a requirement for travel to certain destinations or for people working in certain high-risk workplaces. If this becomes the case, there will be exemptions in place for people who are unable to be vaccinated.
Once a COVID-19 vaccine is generally available, most people in the Australian community will be able to be immunised against COVID-19. There may be some groups of people for whom vaccination may not be recommended, such as people with specific medical conditions. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is
reviewing available data on the potential COVID-19 vaccines and will provide recommendations on who should and should not be vaccinated.
No, you cannot. You will need to take them at least 7 days apart from each other. It is important that you do not book in to get the COVID shot within 2 weeks of getting the FLU shot. You can log into your AIR account which will have your vaccination record and history if you cannot remember when you had the flu shot.
The COVID-19 vaccine will NOT protect you against influenza (flu). It will be important to get a flu vaccination next flu season. Flu vaccination reduces your chances of getting influenza, which means it reduces the risk of you having influenza at the same time as a COVID-19 infection. Being vaccinated against the flu also helps to protect others, particularly people who are more vulnerable to infections (e.g. elderly people).
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