UFS is proud to be participating in the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine program and being able to offer this service to the community.
The new vaccination clinic is located at 18 Drummond Street North, opposite the Ballarat Base Hospital.
The clinic opened on 24 March and operates from 9am to 5.30pm on weekdays and from 9am to 4pm on weekends.
Vaccination is free, is strictly by appointment only and is open only to those currently eligible. To check eligibility visit covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/
Those eligible are now able to book online via www.ufs.com.au/vaccine Patients unable to book online can phone 4320 0891.
Please note: the Australian Government recently recommended that the COVID-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca is preferred for adults over 50 years old and the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) is preferred in adults aged under 50 years. This recommendation is based on:
- the increasing risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 in older adults (and hence a higher benefit from vaccination), and
- a potentially increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following AstraZeneca vaccine in those under 50 years.
The COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine can be used in adults aged under 50 years where the benefits clearly outweigh the risk for that individual and the person has made an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits. More information is available here.
Please be aware that we do require masks to be worn by all patients at the clinic.
UFS continues to operate the COVID-19 testing clinic from its current location at 15 Errard Street North, Ballarat, which is separate to the dedicated vaccination clinic.
If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, more information is available at: www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccines-is-it-true