COVID-19 and Flu Vaccinations | Health Service

COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine 

Update

The UNSW Health Service, in line with the federal government health authorities recommends that for people under the age of 50 the preferred vaccine is the Pfizer vaccine. The AstraZenca vaccine can be used in adults under the age 50 years where the benefits for that individual are likely to outweigh the risks. If you qualify for Phase 1b and are under 50 years, please discuss the implications of this with your doctor. The Health Service is committed to continue with our vaccination program.

Please note: The Health Service does not have any supply of the Pfizer vaccine that is recommended for the under 50 age group.

UNSW Health Service has been approved as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. Our vaccine supply is limited and so we are only vaccinating staff and students who qualify for the 1b vaccination phase at present and who are eligible to receive the vaccine at the UNSW Health Service. Under Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination program priority is given to: 

    • people 70 years of age or older 
    • other health care workers 
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 55 years or older
    • people with an underlying medical condition, including people with a disability
    • critical and high-risk workers

Check when you will be eligible here

 

UNSW Health Service eligibility criteria

    • If you are a staff member (and qualify for Phase 1b) you will need a current Medicare card. We cannot accept any overseas visitor or work insurances. Select from one of the menu options below for more information.
    • If you are a current student, you will need to have one of the following insurance: Medicare, Medibank, OSHC, Allianz, AHM, BUPA, NIB. Select from one of the menu options below for more information. If you do not have a Medicare card or insurance, please visit your nearest respiratory clinic.

If you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and a patient of the UNSW Health Service

If we have contacted you to say that you are eligible for the Phase 1b or you a regular patient of the Health Service and are eligible for Phase 1b:

If we do not have your full medical history (eg you have visited for flu vaccinations only) but you are eligible for 1b, you will need to bring along one of the following:  

        • MyHealth Record
        • A referral from GP or treating specialist 
        • Alternative medical records, including:
          • a printout of your medical history as recorded in your clinical records;
          • a printout of your chronic disease care plan; a discharge summary from a hospital or other medical facility; or
          • a valid script or medication prescribed to treat one or more of the relevant medical conditions

Once you have the documentation, call 02 93855425

Note:

The COVID-19 vaccine is free for all eligible staff, students and community members. Before you make an appointment with the Health Service however, please make sure you meet the UNSW Health Service eligibility criteria outlined at the top of the page. If you do not meet the UNSW Health Service criteria above, you may still receive a free vaccination service by visiting your nearest respiratory clinic.

You need 2 doses of the vaccine to get the best protection from the virus. When you book your first appointment, you will be given an appointment time for your second dose.

If you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine but not a patient of the UNSW Health Service

If you are a staff member or a student who is not a patient of the Health Service, you will need to provide documentation that states you have a chronic illness that qualifies you for the Phase 1b. For documentation you will need one of the following: 

      • MyHealth Record
      • A referral from GP or treating specialist 
      • Alternative medical records, including:
        • a printout of your medical history as recorded in your clinical records;
        • a printout of your chronic disease care plan; a discharge summary from a hospital or other medical facility; or
        • a valid script or medication prescribed to treat one or more of the relevant medical conditions

Once you have the documentation, call 02 93855425

Note:

The COVID-19 vaccine is free for all eligible staff, students and community members. Before you make an appointment with the Health Service however, please make sure you meet the UNSW Health Service eligibility criteria outlined at the top of the page. If you do not meet the UNSW Health Service criteria outlined above, you may still receive a free vaccination service by visiting your nearest respiratory clinic.

You need 2 doses of the vaccine to get the best protection from the virus. When you book your first appointment, you will be given an appointment time for your second dose.

Want to be vaccinated for COVID-19 but not eligible for the 1b phase?

Stay tuned! 

As the vaccination program rolls out and more supplies of the vaccine become available, the UNSW Health Service will be able to provide vaccinations to a much greater number of students and staff. Please note, our reception staff are unable to help you with specific eligibility inquires.  To find out more about the rollout, go to the Department of Health website or NSW Health.

COVID-19 vaccine FAQ's

Will UNSW be making it mandatory for students and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccine? What if I work in a high-risk setting?  

In line with NSW Health advice, UNSW strongly encourages all students and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination when the vaccine is made available to them. This will help keep our UNSW community safe and our campuses open.  

I’m a UNSW international student in Australia, will I have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccination?  

No. The COVID-19 vaccination will be free for all Australian residents, including international students currently in Australia who are with the following health insurance companies: Bupa, nib, Medibank, ahm and Allianz. If your health insurance company is not on this list, you can still get a free vaccination but you will need to go to your nearest respiratory clinic for your vaccine. You can find out where this is here.

Will I need a COVID-19 vaccination to travel interstate or overseas on official University business, field trips or exchanges?  

During 2021, it is expected that international travel will remain a high risk activity and that additional UNSW and government approvals will be required for UNSW endorsed travel. As the COVID-19 vaccines roll out, travel requests and any attendant requirements will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.  

Airlines and governments are continually updating travel rules and requirements as they navigate the implications of COVID-19.  It is possible that in the future, you will be required to show proof of vaccination or a vaccination exemption prior to being allowed to travel on a plane.  

I am not a healthcare worker and will not be eligible for vaccination for some time.  I am often required to visit medical schools, a lab or a hospital in the performance of my duties for UNSW.  Is there any impact on me? 

At this stage no.  If your role is identified as a position which is considered high risk you may be asked to have the COVID-19 vaccination.  As arrangements are subject to change at any time you should continue to read UNSW’s email updates regarding roles that may require immunisation. 

As part of my UNSW work/studies, I also work in a hospital or health care setting, when will I be vaccinated?  

Most students and staff who also work in hospitals and health care environments will be vaccinated through their hospital/health care workplace. Check with your hospital or health care employer for information on when you should expect to be vaccinated.  Alternatively, keep up to date on what is happening with us and the various phases as outlined by the government and we will vaccinate you.

I work/study/research in a high-risk setting but will not be getting a COVID-19 vaccine for either medical or religious reasons or because I am a conscientious objector. What should I do?  

UNSW will use its existing procedures for when students or staff decline an immunisation. HS079 Decline of Immunisation Authorisation form will be used. If there is an impact on completing all aspects of your role, HR together with your manager will discuss the situation.  

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination program

To find out more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, go to the Department of Health website or NSW Health.

 

 

Flu vaccinations

We strongly encourage everyone in our UNSW community to get the flu vaccine this year. Flu vaccinations at the UNSW Health service are free for all staff and current students. 

Flu vaccine booking information

Flu vaccines are recommended to all staff and students, and strongly recommended for anyone of the following:

  • people aged 65 and older
  • people with chronic conditions like heart, lung, or neurological diseases
  • pregnant women
  • children aged six months to under five years

When is the flu clinic open and how much does it cost?

The flu clinic will commence at the UNSW Health Service from Wednesday 21st April 2021 – Friday 4th June 2021, 9.15am - 1pm. The flu vaccine is free for all current UNSW staff and students. Please print out the consent form and bring it to your appointment. 

 

Book your flu vaccination here

 

Why is the flu vaccine so important this year?

The flu will not prevent COVID-19, but it will reduce the number of people who get the flu and therefore the number of people needing hospital beds as a result of severe flu, limiting the impact on the health system. It is also possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time which will likely cause significantly worse symptoms. We are strongly recommending everyone is vaccinated this year.

Can I get the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time?

Unfortunately, NSW Health recommends that there needs to be a waiting time of no less than 14 days between the 2 vaccines. We recommend you get your flu vaccine early this year, so it does not impact when you get your COVID-19 vaccine. If you qualify under the Phase 1b of the  COVID-19 vaccine we recommend you get your COVID vaccine prior to your flu vaccine.