Let's do it Darebin
Vaccinate today - for yourself, your loved ones, your community.
COVID-19 vaccines and clinics
COVID-19 cases and hospitalisations are increasing again in Victoria with the removal of testing and isolation requirements, so its important to be up to date with boosters.
- A two-dose primary course is recommended for everyone aged 5 years and older.
- A third booster dose is recommended for people aged 16 years and older, at least 3 months after completing their primary course.
- A fourth booster dose is recommended for people aged 50 years or older, and people aged 30 to 49 can receive a fourth dose if they choose, at least 3 months after their third dose.
Find out about booster doses at the Australian Government Department of Health website.
Find out about COVID-19 vaccines at the Victorian Government coronavirus website.
Your Community Health will be providing free COVID-19 vaccination clinics at 4 sites across Darebin in November and December. The team are offering the Moderna bivalent (Omicron specific) vaccine, as well as other COVID-19 vaccines you may need.
Clinics will be held at
- Preston Market
- Your Community Health East Reservoir — 125 Blake St
- Your Community Health Preston (PANCH) — 300 Bell St
- Your Community Health Northcote — 42 Separation St
For the latest dates and times, please visit the Your Community Health website.
COVID-19 vaccines can be accessed through many pharmacies and GPs across the community.
Use the Australian Government's COVID-19 Clinic Finder to book an appointment, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, or text Hey EVA to 0481 611 382 to be called back by a trained agent from the National Coronavirus Helpline.
When attending a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, you should bring:
- Your Medicare card or Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) number (if you have one), and
- A form of identification (eg. driver’s license, proof of age card, passport)
Support for specific communities and groups
Vaccination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are welcome to visit any vaccination clinic to stay up-to-date. Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) can provide COVID vaccines at their Fitzroy and Epping locations.
You can call VAHS Fitzroy on 03 9419 3000 (option 1) to book an appointment.
You can call VAHS Epping on 03 8592 3920 to book an appointment.
Vaccination for people with disability
People with disability or additional support needs are always welcome to attend any vaccine provider. For those who require additional support:
- Detailed information on services available for people with disability who need support accessing COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Victorian Government Coronavirus Website.
- State Government Disability Liaison Officers can assist. They can refer you to the best vaccination option for you. Contact a Disability Liaison Officer by completing this online form or email DLOcoordinator@dhhs.vic.gov.au.
Vaccination for 5—15 year olds
Children aged 5-15 years are recommended to have a two-dose course of COVID-19 vaccine. Find out more about vaccinations for children and teenagers.
Further support and resources
For women and pregnant people
The Women’s COVID-19 Vaccination factsheet answers a range of COVID-19 vaccination related questions aimed specifically for women. Produced by the Jean Hailes Foundation with the Melbourne Vaccination Education Centre, the information is available in English, Arabic, Chinese (simplified) and Vietnamese.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) has released advice on the risks of COVID-19 infection, and the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination for those who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Information in Auslan
The Australian Government has produced a range of Auslan-first and Auslan-interpreted video resources for deaf people, their families, and Auslan users to learn more about COVID-19 vaccination.
For young people
YLab Global has produced a video on youth and disability advocate Claire’s vaccination experience.
Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVIC) have created information for young people about COVID-19 vaccinations.
In your language
Council and COVID-19
Why COVID-19 vaccination matters
With Victoria's schools, businesses, shops, activities, sports, gatherings and homes opening up, it’s so important people right across Darebin's diverse community are protected against COVID-19.
Vaccines protect people against the virus. They greatly reduce people’s chances of catching COVID-19 and if they do catch it, greatly reduce people’s chances of getting seriously ill or passing it on to others.
They are the way for all of us to get through this pandemic and back to doing the things we love, safely. It’s important all community members in Darebin have the opportunity to protect themselves and get vaccinated.
Everyone aged 5 and over is eligible to get vaccinated. Pharmacists, doctor’s clinics, state-run vaccination clinics and local pop-up vaccination clinics all offer appointments and many, you can just walk-in.
So let’s do it Darebin. Let’s vaccinate and protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community from COVID-19, so we can all get back to doing the things we love, safely.
How we are supporting the community
We are working in partnership with local health services, community leaders and groups to provide trusted, practical information and support so people right across Darebin's diverse community can access the State Government's COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Especially where people face barriers to this.
Our teams are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, aged and disability groups, and organisations in the homelessness and emergency relief sector.
We know that working with trusted, connected organisations and leaders is the best way to understand specific barriers people may be facing and support people to overcome them.
As a local Council this is one of the ways we can most make a difference to support the State Government's vaccine rollout program and help ensure people right across every part of the diverse community are protected from COVID-19.
We are also supporting a range of pop-up vaccination clinics in the areas they are most needed, and helping host these at known, familiar community venues in the heart of local neighbourhoods.
And we are connecting the community to State Government information about vaccines and where to access them, through social media, letterbox drops and through our community services and networks.
We know how important it is everyone across the community is protected from COVID-19 and we are doing everything we can to work towards that. We want to help bring Darebin’s overall vaccination rates up in a way that ensures everyone across our diverse community is included and protected from COVID-19.
COVID-19 Emergency Relief support
If you need assistance accessing food and other essential items while in isolation please email us at COVIDsupport@darebin.vic.gov.au or call Customer Service on 03 8470 8888 and ask them to contact the COVID Emergency Relief Support Team.