Eligible healthcare students are now able to make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under phase 1b of the national vaccine roll-out. The University of Melbourne has been working with its partners to provide a range of pathways for students to access the vaccine as quickly and as easily as possible. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a full course of vaccination unless medically contraindicated and provide evidence of vaccination to the University.
Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine
The Australian Government has commenced phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. This means people in the following categories are now eligible to access appointments for COVID-19 vaccination:
- elderly adults aged 70 years and over;
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders adults aged 55 and over;
- younger adults with certain underlying medical conditions, including those with a disability;
- critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing; and
- other health care workers (those not included in Phase 1a, including students with placements in healthcare settings);
Students may be deemed to be eligible if they have placement in a healthcare setting currently underway or commencing within the next two months.
Registering for vaccination
The Victorian Government is providing an opportunity for eligible University of Melbourne healthcare students to attend designated vaccination hubs over the coming weeks to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, subject to vaccine availability.
Invitations from the Department of Health will be issued progressively to registered students over the coming weeks, according to vaccine availability. Students will have the option of selecting an appointment at either the Royal Exhibition Building or the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
To receive an invitation, students must register their details before 12 noon, Friday 26 March.
- The Department of Health has advised that the booking system and some correspondence may contain information not directly relevant to students, including references to ‘employees’. Nonetheless, students who receive an invitation should immediately follow the instructions to book an appointment.
- You must not accept an invitation for appointment if you are no longer eligible (ie. you have no clinical placement within the next two months) or if you have made an appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccination at another clinic. This will enable the vaccine to get to those who need it as quickly as possible.
Other pathways for vaccination
There are a range of other pathways for eligible students to access the COVID-19 vaccine:
Via your placement provider
In some cases, your current or upcoming placement provider may be a designated vaccination hub and may offer vaccination to health students on placement within their organisation. Your placement provider will advise you if COVID-19 vaccination is available and details of any booking process that should be followed.
Contact the University Health Service
The University Health Service is proud to have been selected as a vaccination hub by the Australian Government.
Eligible students are invited to call (03) 8344 6905 to book an appointment or book online.
Student details have also been made available to the University Health Service. They may contact you directly if any appointments become available on short notice.
- Contact a local vaccination hub
Please be aware that all vaccination hubs, including hospital sites, have a limited supply of vaccine and it may be several weeks before you are able to access an appointment.
Preparing for vaccination
The Australian Government has committed to making the COVID-19 vaccine available to all persons living in Australia free of charge. Before accessing the vaccine, you will need to ensure your Medicare details are up to date.
If you are not eligible for Medicare (for example, international students and some other visa holders), you are advised to apply for an Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI). The IHI will enable your COVID-19 vaccination and all future vaccinations in Australia to be accurately recorded. It will also enable you access to an Immunisation History Statement, which can be used as evidence of your vaccination.
Application for an IHI requires the applicant to provide certified copies of their identity documentation and may take some time to process. Students are encouraged to submit their application for an IHI as soon as possible to minimise delays.