About COVID-19 AstraZeneca and Moderna Vaccination program

Discount Drug Stores are committed to supporting their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Select Discount Drug Stores are now approved vaccination providers for the AstraZeneca and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, helping to provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local areas and wider community.

When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can book your appointments to get your first and second doses of the vaccine.

Some pharmacies may be accepting walk-in appointments. Call your local Discount Drug Store to enquire.

Book your AstraZeneca or Moderna Vaccination Today

Check your eligibility here

Moderna availability is currently limited, but is growing quickly. If you do not see any available appointment times that suit you, please check back soon

Frequently asked questions

Researchers and government departments like Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration have been dedicated to developing and rigorously testing COVID-19 vaccines without compromising safety and effectiveness. This global collaboration has meant the COVID-19 vaccines could move through all the regular stages of vaccine development and implementation simultaneously rather than one after another. i

The most commonly reported side effects from COVID-19 vaccines are headache, aches and pains, fever, and tenderness at the site of injection. These side effects are typical of many vaccines and usually last only a day or two. The investigation is continuing into the rare but serious side effects of COVID-19 vaccines. ii

The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s safety monitoring team of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and scientists are closely monitoring any reported side effects from the vaccine to investigate any safety issues.

Up-to-date information regarding vaccine safety and vaccine recommendations can be found here and here.

Speak to your pharmacist or doctor if you have concerns about the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines or which vaccine is most appropriate for you.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) currently recommends that patients receive the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 at least 7 days apart where possible. iii

Both the AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines available in Australia require two doses (both doses of the same type) to provide the best protection against COVID-19. iv

For most people with existing health conditions, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is still
recommended – see here for further information. Speak with your doctor to find out what’s right for you.

Everyone in Australia will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine. Use the Department of Health’s Eligibility Checker to see when you can book your vaccine: https://covid- vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility?lang=en

The COVID-19 vaccine may not stop you from ever getting COVID-19, but both the AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be effective at stopping people from becoming very ill or dying if they catch COVID-19. v

There is no live virus in the COVID-19 vaccine. Most COVID-19 vaccines contain a spike protein that looks like the spikes on the outside of the COVID-19 virus particle or stimulate the body to produce this spike protein. The immune system recognises this spike protein and produces antibodies. vi

Discount Drug Store pharmacists administering COVID-19 vaccinations have completed extensive training regarding vaccinations generally, as well as specific training for COVID-19 vaccinations.

No. The COVID-19 vaccine is currently free to everyone in Australia.

You will receive your vaccine in a safe, private space within the pharmacy.

Currently Australian pharmacies have access to the AstraZeneca and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines only. This may change in the coming months as supplies of other vaccines increase. Check back on our website for updates.

[i] https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/is-it-true/is-it-true-were-covid-19-vaccines-developed-too-quickly-to-be-safe

[ii] https://www.tga.gov.au/covid-19-vaccine-safety-monitoring-and-reporting

[iii] https://www.health.gov.au/news/updated-atagi-advice-on-administering-seasonal-influenza-vaccines-in-2021

[iv] https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/is-it-true/is-it-true-do-people-have-to-receive-two-doses-and-do-they-have-to-be-the-same-type-of-covid-19-vaccine-for-it-to-be-effective and https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-atagi-clinical-guidance-on-covid-19-vaccine-in-australia-in-2021

[v] https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-atagi-clinical-guidance-on-covid-19-vaccine-in-australia-in-2021

[vi] https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/is-it-true/is-it-true-can-covid-19-vaccines-give-you-covid-19