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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus form, first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China. Symptoms of COVID-19 are variable, but often include headache, fever, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea and mild to moderate respiratory illness such as coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily from person to person through close contact with an infectious person, contact with aerosols from an infected person’s cough or sneeze or touching objects or surfaces that have aerosols from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face. People who are 70 years or older and those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are at higher risk of developing a serious illness. Since COVID-19 is a new disease, there is no existing immunity available in our community resulting in the spread of the virus quickly and widely.

The best way to protect your loved ones and yourself is to get vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. The Australian government has commenced the vaccination program in Victoria on 22nd February to provide free covid vaccines for all Victorians.

Due to the limited availability of covid vaccine in Victoria, initial vaccination will be offered using a “priority framework” where individuals who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 such as quarantine and border workers, frontline health care workers and aged care and disability care staff workers along with elders, vulnerable patients and aged care and disability residents will be offered the vaccine first as the priority.

While COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory, it would be better to vaccinate since COVID-19 can cause severe lung and generalised disease which could easily spread from one person to another with few or no symptoms and increase the risk of long-term effects on health, particularly in elders. By choosing to vaccinate, you are protecting yourself and others in the community from this deadly virus.

COVID Vaccine Updates


Which COVID-19 vaccines will be used in Australia in 2021?

Who will get a COVID-19 vaccine first and how is this decided?

Where will people be able to access the vaccine, and will it be free?

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory?

Why are multi-dose vials being used to store COVID-19 vaccines?

Why should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Can I choose which COVID-19 vaccine I get?

What is COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca and how does it work?

How many doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be required and what will be the schedule?

Can COVID-19 vaccines be co-administered with other vaccines (eg, influenza vaccine)?

How effective are COVID-19 vaccines?

Will the COVID-19 vaccines be effective on new variants of the virus?

Can different COVID-19 vaccines be used interchangeably?

Should I wait for a better COVID-19 vaccine?

Do I need the vaccine if I have already had COVID-19 in the past?

What happens if I get COVID-19 between the first and second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine?

Can children have a COVID-19 vaccine?

Can I have a COVID-19 vaccine if I am immunocompromised?

Can I have a COVID-19 vaccine if I have allergies?

If I have an allergic reaction after a COVID-19 vaccine or to one of its ingredients, can I still have the second dose?

Can you get COVID-19 from a COVID-19 vaccine?

What are the likely side effects from COVID-19 vaccines?

What should I do if I have side effects after a COVID-19 vaccine?

Are shortcuts being taken in vaccine safety assessment?

How are COVID-19 vaccines being tested?

How to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination in Australia on iPhone or Android