June 24, 2021

Hello and welcome to your latest Covid Vaccination Hub Bulletin.

Our COVID-19 Vaccination Hub continues to do a fantastic job! Over 230,000 vaccines have now been recorded at sites across the Hub. A graph showing weekly activity of the Vaccination Hub has been added to the front page of the hub site. Read more below.

Western Health as the COVID-19 Vaccination Hub for the western metropolitan region has already established a number of high-volume vaccination sites including Sunshine Hospital, the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (operated by RMH) and the Melbourne Showgrounds. A Melton high volume vaccination site will open in early July in a vacant Bunnings, and a new Werribee high volume vaccination site will also open during July. We have also recently commenced an outreach service at Melbourne Airport.

A Vaccination Webinar was held on Friday June 18 to provide information and answer questions to recent Commonwealth and State vaccine announcements. See below for further details.

Please ensure you have your second dose of vaccine. You are not optimally protected against COVID-19 without 2 doses. This is more important than ever with episodes of outbreaks of the highly infectious Delta strain occurring within Australia. Please do not delay. For AstraZeneca vaccine you can get your second dose any time between 6-12 weeks (after 8 weeks preferred). For Pfizer, it is recommended you get your second dose at 3-6 weeks (close to 6 weeks is preferred).

A reminder that, in addition to the hotline 1800 675 398 you can now book vaccinations through the online booking centre. Staff can also use their identification badges to walk in but use the quicker ‘appointment booked’ line at the Sunshine Hospital hub for second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Bookings are required for a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Check out the COVID-19 Vaccination microsite to keep up to date with everything relating to the COVID-19 vaccination.



Shane Crowe
Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery


Vaccination Activity

A weekly graph of vaccination activity across our Vaccination Hub has been developed and placed on the front page of the vaccination site. The latest graph shows that up to 20 June 2021, second vaccine doses have been provided to nearly 37,000 people.











COVID Vaccination Hub Webinar

Following recent Commonwealth and State COVID-19 vaccine announcements, staff joined Shane Crowe and Dr Marion Kainer on Friday 18 June to share information and answer questions.

Click here or on the image to view a recording of the Webinar.

The Commonwealth has also updated their information sheet on ‘Weighing up the potential benefits against risk of harm from COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca’. Click here to read this updated information. 


Vaccination during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

The Women’s with the University of Melbourne Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology invited staff to a Grand Round on Friday 18 June to find out more about how to support women in their care to make the appropriate decisions for them about COVID-19 vaccination.

Click here or on the image to view a recording of the Grand Round.

The Commonwealth has also updated the COVID-19 Vaccination Decision Guide for Women who are Pregnant, Breastfeeding or Planning Pregnancy. Click here to view the updated Guide. 


Top 3 Questions






In this week’s Commonwealth Department of Health video, Dr Lucas De Toca answers the following questions:

  1. What is the new ATAGI advice?
  2. What if I have already had a dose of AstraZeneca?
  3. I’m in the 50–59 age group, how do I access a Pfizer vaccine?