Information for Residents, Patients and Visitors
The health of our community, patients, visitors and staff is our biggest priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stawell Regional Health along with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (the department) is closely monitoring developments regarding COVID-19. Advice is continuously updated so any arrangements may change quickly or new rules may apply on the day, or in the future.
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If your symptoms are severe please call 000
Need a COVID-19 Test?
If you are feeling unwell – with signs and symptoms of a cold or flu – or have received a request to have a COVID 19 test, call our Respiratory Assessment Clinic on 5358 8630 between 8:30am – 5pm to make your appointment.
You will be given instructions on where and when to go to get your test.
NOTE: The COVID test is provided free of charge, but if your symptoms require you to see a GP you may be charged a consultation fee.
COVID-19 Vaccines at Stawell Regional Health
Last updated: 21 July 2021
The Stawell Regional Health vaccination team is working tirelessly to ensure we meet current demand here, locally, for our community to receive their vaccines without the need to travel outside of the region. We are all in it together, and need to be, to keep our community safe and ask that you are patient with the team as they work to protect our community!
- The vaccine program is overseen by the Stawell Medical Centre GPs who works with a team of Stawell Regional Health specially trained immunisation nurses
- We administer the AstraZeneca vaccine for people over the age of 60 – it does not contain any live SARS-CoV-2 virus and it cannot give you COVID-19
- The SRH COVID Vaccination clinic are open on a number of days – an appointment will be scheduled with you
- People who are under the age of 60 and awaiting Pfizer will be booked in order of priority and date of received consent form. You will be contacted when Pfizer becomes available.
- The vaccines are provided free of charge
- The Stawell business community has been supportive by helping to provide form pick-up / drop-off points, currently available at Stawell IGA and Stawell Woolworths service desks, the Pharmacies in Stawell and reception at Grampians Community Health – this is addition to the normal collection points of the reception areas of Stawell Medical Centre and the Hospital.
So where do you start if you are ready to receive a COVID vaccine?
- Consider your individual health issues and discuss any questions you may have with your GP
- Get, complete and drop-off a copy of the Consent Form – either online ( https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-consent-form-for-covid-19-vaccination ) or from the pick-up / drop-off points as mentioned above. You can also request and / or submit a consent form by email: COVIDVaccine@srh.org.au
- After review of your consent form the SRH vaccine coordinator will call you to arrange an appointment time with you
- On you arrival at Building B at the time of your appointment you will be asked screening questions about your current health
- For the AstraZeneca vaccine it is recommended that you wait 8 – 12 weeks between the first and second dose
- An appointment for the second dose will be confirmed with you at this time
- Important to keep in mind: You have to allow one week between the COVID vaccine and this year’s Flu Shot. You still need to get your Flu vaccine every year as the COVID Vaccine will not protect you from seasonal flu.
- Your appointments will not take much time – about 5 mins with the GP or Vaccine Nurse followed by 15min – 30 minutes in the observation area where you will be monitored for any immediate reactions before you can leave.
If you need to get in touch with the Vaccination Clinic regarding your appointment, please call 5358 6550, Monday 8.30pm – 5pm.
You may be required to leave a message to receive a return message.
Appointment times will depend on demand and the number of available vaccines.
Information from the Australian Department of Health
- Learn about COVID-19 vaccines
- About vaccines for COVID-19
- Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine agreements
- Finding information about COVID-19 vaccines
- Our plan for vaccines and treatments