Types of vaccinations
There are currently 3 types of vaccination available:
- Astra Zeneca
All three have been rigorously tested and billions of people worldwide have now been vaccinated.
No Medicare card?
Vaccines are free and available for everyone, with or without a Medicare card.
Not all vaccination centres can help you if you don’t have a Medicare card. Check the list of walk-in clinics (above) for where you can go if you don’t have a card.
Proof of vaccination
Many places will now require proof of vaccination status for entry , including restaurants, bars and clubs.
Getting proof is easy if you have a smartphone. If you don’t have a phone, you can still get a printed certificate.
To find out how to get proof onto your phone or to apply for a certificate follow this link.
What is the difference between testing and vaccination?
If you have symptoms of Covid-19 it’s important that you get tested.
Symptoms include fever, cough, loss of taste or smell, tiredness, aches and pains, and a sore throat. If you’ve been in close contact with someone who also has symptoms, or who you know has Covid-19, it’s even more important to go and get tested.
Getting tested is easy and there are lots of places you can go to have this done. You can find a list of centres here.
Testing for Covid-19 involves the health care practitioner taking a swab from your nose and/or from the back of your throat. This can be uncomfortable but is safe and quick.
The result will be texted to your phone.
Covid-19 vaccination involves getting a needle into the arm muscle that then triggers your body to start building its defences against the virus that causes Covid19.
You need to receive 2 vaccination shots to develop the best protection against the virus – the time between jabs one and two will vary, depending on which vaccine you get. You will be given this information when you get your first vaccination jab.