Your COVID-19 vaccination is closer than you think.

Get your COVID-19 Vaccinations as part of the free COVID-19 government vaccination program. Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax and AstraZeneca vaccines are available in selected stores.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a form of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, headache, muscle & joint pains and fatigue. Some people may experience only mild disease and recover quickly, while others may get very sick very quickly.

Why should I have the COVID-19 vaccine?

Because COVID-19 is a new disease, there is no existing immunity for it in our communities. This means it can spread quickly and widely. It is important for as many people as possible to be immunised against COVID-19 to achieve herd immunity. Herd immunity will mean that not only will the vaccinated individual be protected from severe covid disease, the rest of the community will be protected also.

COVID-19 Winter Dose (second booster dose) eligibility

Please review your eligibility criteria here before making your COVID-19 vaccination booking.

Is there a waiting period between COVID-19 vaccination and influenza vaccination?

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Inmmunisation (ATAGI) advise that covid and influenza vaccines may be co-administered (i.e. on the same day).

Which COVID-19 vaccines are National Pharmacies administering?

National Pharmacies are administering the following vaccines: Vaxzevria (Astra Zeneca), Moderna Spikevax and Pfizer Comirnaty and Nuvaxovid (Novavax) vaccines. To be fully vaccinated, 2 doses of the same vaccine are required.

Only selected pharmacies are administrating Novavax.

Who can have a COVID-19 vaccination at National Pharmacies?

Anyone aged 5 years and over is currently able to be vaccinated at selected National Pharmacies stores.

Please do not come to your appointment if:

  • You are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • You are waiting for COVID-19 test results
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19
  • You are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
  • You are in quarantine

Should I get my child vaccinated?

Children aged from 5 years old are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

There are many reasons for a child or teen to get vaccinated, including:

  • Protection from catching COVID-19, reducing risk of severe disease, death, and long-term side effects of COVID-19 (long COVID)
  • Protecting family, friends, schoolmates, workmates & teammates
  • Keeping schools open, limiting disruption to team sports and other activities

What is a booster vaccine, and should I have one?

A booster dose is an additional dose of vaccine following the completion of the primary course. A booster dose will give you stronger and longer lasting protection against COVID-19.

ATAGI have approved booster doses for those aged 16 years and older who have completed their primary course at least 3 months ago.

mRNA vaccines Moderna and Pfizer are both approved and equally recommended as booster vaccinations. AstraZeneca may be given if there are contra-indications for mRNA vaccines or in those who had AstraZeneca for their primary course.

Patients who are immunocompromised may qualify for a third dose as part of their primary vaccine course (different from a booster) as soon as 2 months after their second dose. This is because this cohort may not have had as strong an immune response from 2 doses. Please discuss with your healthcare professional if you believe you qualify for a third dose. Boosters are not currently recommended for those patients who have a third primary dose.

What does the Novavax vaccine contain?

The Novavax vaccine is a protein vaccine containing the spike protein found on the surface of the coronavirus. The spike protein is made in cells in a laboratory.

The Novavax vaccine also has an ingredient called the Matrix-M adjuvant. This helps create a stronger immune response to the vaccine. 

This is different to the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna). mRNA vaccines provide instructions to the cell to make the spike protein rather than directly using the spike protein to produce an immune response.

Medicinal ingredient:

  • SARS-CoV-2 spike protein

Other ingredients:

  • Matrix-M adjuvant, which contains:
    • Quillaja Saponaria saponins fraction A
    • Quillaja Saponaria saponins fraction C
    • cholesterol
    • phosphatidyl choline
    • monobasic potassium phosphate
    • potassium chloride stidine
  • Dibasic sodium phosphate heptahydrate
  • Monobasic sodium phosphate monohydrate
  • Sodium chloride
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Sodium hydroxide (for pH adjustment)
  • Hydrochloric acid (for pH adjustment)
  • sterile water for injection

Do I have to make a booking?

Yes, you can book online quickly and easily by clicking here.

Do I need a prescription?

No, a prescription is not required if you are having one of our qualified health professionals administer (inject) the vaccine to you in store.

What is the price?

Free. Patients cannot be charged for COVID-19 vaccination services

What does the Moderna vaccine contain?

The active ingredient is mRNA, which encodes for. the full-length SARS-CoV-2 spike protein modified with 2 proline substitutions wihtin the heptad repeat 1 domain (S-2P) to stabilise the spike protein into a rprefusion confirmation. Other non-active ingredients are:

  • Heptadecan-9-yl 8-[2-hydroxyethyl-(6- oxo-6-undecoxyhexyl)amino]octanoate
  • Cholesterol (enhances membrane fluidity)
  • Distearoylphosphatidylcholine
  • 1,2-dimyristoyl-rac-glycero-3- methoxypolyethylene glycol-2000
  • Trometamol
  • Trometamol hydrochloride
  • Acetic acid
  • Sodium acetate trihydrate
  • Sucrose
  • Water for injections.

No preservatives are used

What does the AstraZeneca vaccine contain?

The active ingredient is the modified adenovirus (ChAdOx1) containing spike protein genetic code, a genetically modified organism (GMO) (AstraZeneca, 2021a). Other non-active ingredients are included to stabilise the vaccine (listed below). No preservatives are used:

  • L-Histidine (an amino acid). 
  • L-Histidine hydrochloride monohydrate (an amino acid). 
  • Magnesium chloride hexahydrate (supports many activities inside cells). 
  • Polysorbate 80 (a stabiliser). 
  • Ethanol. 
  • Sucrose. 
  • Sodium chloride. 
  • Disodium edetate dihydrate (EDTA, a binding agent) 
  • Water for injection. 

What does the Pfizer vaccine contain?

The Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine contain the  30 micrograms of active ingredient BNT162b2 [mRNA]. COMIRNATY is an mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccine

  • ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate) (ALC-0315)
  • 2-[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide (ALC-0159)
  • Magnesium chloride hexahydrate (supports many activities inside cells). 
  • Distearoylphosphatidylcholine (DSPC)
  • Cholesterol. 
  • Potassium chloride. 
  • Monobasic potassium phosphate
  • Sodium chloride
  • Disodium edetate dihydrate (EDTA, a binding agent) 
  • Sucrose
  • Water for injection. 

Who is administering the vaccination at National Pharmacices?

Qualified Pharmacist immunisers will be administering the vaccination at National Pharmacies. These pharmacists are authorised to administer vaccinations in their relevant state or territory, have completed all necessary immunisation training/qualifications and have completed the Covid-19 Vaccination Training Program, including the Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine modules.

I have heard that the COVID-19 vaccines can give you COVID-19, is that true?

No, none of the Covid-19 vaccines approved for use in Australia contain the live virus so they cannot give you Covid-19. Some of the side effects from the vaccine such as fever and fatigue may mimic the symptoms of Covid-19, but these symptoms will only last a short time and are a normal sign that the body is mounting an immune response against the virus.

I am fit and healthy so will I be fine without a COVID-19 vaccination?

Covid-19 can spread quickly and rapidly and to anyone. Even those who are fit and healthy can still get Covid-19 and may experience long-standing symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness and chest pain, as a result. Research shows that vaccination against Covid-19 prevents severe disease, hospitalization and death from Covid-19. Also, if you are lucky enough to escape Covid-19 infection with only mild symptoms, you may still pass the disease to someone who may get very sick with it. Getting vaccinated helps to protect not only yourself, but others in your community too.

Do I need a valid Medicare card?

No, a Medicare card is not required. However, if you are eligible for Medicare, please bring your Medicare card with you. People who are not eligible for a Medicare card can receive their vaccination in a pharmacy.

What will be provided to me after my vaccination?

We will provide an information leaflet detailing post-vaccination side effects.

The Department of Health has also developed resources about what you can expect after your vaccination. You can access those resources for AstraZeneca here or for Moderna here.

Enquiries

Customers are encouraged to book their COVID vaccinations online here. Bookings can be canceled or rescheduled by following the link sent to you after your initial booking is made. If you do not have access to our website, or have queries not addressed in these FAQs, please phone the pharmacy in which you wish to receive your vaccination. 

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