To ensure all staff have the opportunity to receive their COVID -19 Vaccination, the WH Vaccination Hub team will facilitate an outreach service at Footscray Hospital to provide eligible staff with their 1st or 2nd dose of Pfizer.
The Footscray Hospital Pop-Up Hub will be administering Pfizer only COVID-19 vaccinations for all healthcare workers regardless of age. Staff who have not yet received their vaccine, will be eligible to receive their 1st dose of Pfizer. Staff who require their 2nd dose must be at least 42 days between Pfizer vaccinations.
This is a limited time offer for 2 days only – Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th August.
Opening hours of the pop up are from 0830 – 1600.
This pop up service is walk in only and has limited availability. Please be aware that there may be extended waits for the walk in service as this will be on a first come first served basis – once the vaccination allocation is exhausted for the day no further vaccines can be offered.
The pop up service will operate out of the Mavis Mitchell Education room.
You should not attend for COVID-19 vaccination if you:
- Are unwell with fever, cough, running 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
- You are not required to test for COVID-19 before vaccination if you do not have a fever or any respiratory systems.
Plan ahead for two doses
It is important that you receive two doses of your COVID-19 vaccine:
- At least 42 days after your first dose when you receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
Full protection against COVID-19 will not occur until about a week 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, if you have one.
- Employee ID.
- Information about any of your medical conditions, allergies, bleeding disorders or weakened immune system.
- Information about any medications you are taking.
- Information about any reactions you have had to any vaccine in the past.
- Name of your current GP/s and any specialist doctors you see.
- Please ensure you are wearing a face mask.
At your appointment, you will be able to discuss any questions you have about COVID-19 vaccination.
In some circumstances, it may be better to have a discussion with your healthcare provider about vaccination before making an appointment for vaccination.
How you will receive the vaccine:
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.
Potential Side effects
It is possible that after the receiving the vaccine that you will get some COVID-19-type symptoms. If you just have pain or redness at the injection site, then you are able to continue to work. If you have a fever, temperature, tiredness, headache, muscle aches, chills or any other symptoms that can be COVID-type symptoms in the 1-2 days after having the vaccine then it is most likely a side-effect. However while you have symptoms should not come to work.
If you have any of the symptoms outlined above that subside within 1-2 days following receiving the vaccine, then you are able to safely return to work without needing to get a COVID swab.
If the symptoms do not subside after 2 days or your symptoms start to include respiratory type symptoms (including cough, sore throat and runny nose), then please remain at home and get a COVID swab.
If you would like further information please visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Hub Microsite: https://coronavirus.wh.org.au/covid-19-vaccination-hub/