The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advises that the Pfizer vaccine is now the preferred COVID-19 vaccine for eligible Australians under 60 years of age.
The AstraZeneca vaccine remains the preferred COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 60 years and above and for people who have already had their first AstraZeneca dose (irrespective of age).
For more information about this advice, please visit the Australian Department of Health website.
If you have already received your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine
The new age-based recommendations are made out of an abundance of caution.
If you have already received your first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine without any serious adverse side effects, you are strongly encouraged to receive the second dose as planned. This is safe and recommended by ATAGI.
If you are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine
The Pfizer vaccine is available to people aged between 40 to 59.
If you are aged between 50 to 59 and have already made a vaccination booking, you will be offered the Pfizer vaccine at your appointment.
Please note: Monash Health are not currently offering walk-ins for Pfizer vaccination and are only administering Pfizer by appointment and according to government eligibility criteria. To make a booking, please visit the online booking portal or call 1800 675 398.
If you are eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine
The AstraZeneca vaccine is recommended for people aged 60 and over.
If you are eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine, you can walk in or make a booking at our Cranbourne Turf Club or Sandown Racecourse Vaccination Centres.
To make a booking to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, please visit the online booking portal or call 1800 675 398.
Check your eligibility
If you’d like to know if you are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination and which vaccine is appropriate for you, you can use the Government vaccine eligibility checker.