Preparing for your appointment

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2022 3:06pm

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We have prepared some information to help you get ready for your appointment. If you are supporting or caring for someone please read our information for carer’s.

What to bring to your appointment

  • ID (identification) that shows your date of birth
  • your Medicare card (if you have one)
  • Your Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) if applicable

Also bring the following, if applicable

  • Information about your medical conditions, particularly allergies or bleeding disorders
  • Information about any medications you are taking
  • Information about any previous COVID-19 vaccine received (vaccine brand and date of vaccination)

Extra vaccination support is available

Sometimes people, such as those living with disability, a needle phobia, children, or individuals with special requirements may find they need extra support during their appointment.

Tasmania's community clinics are setup to help people to have a vaccination as easily as possible. You can find out more information about additional supports.

Remember you can always tell staff at the clinic if you are worried or need any extra help.

Preparing for your vaccination appointment

The My Immunisation Action Plan is a useful tool for anyone who is finding they or someone they know is fearful or worried about having a vaccination.

The My Immunisation Action Plan:

  • asks you to think about what clothes to wear which will make it easier for the immuniser to access your arm
  • makes suggestions such as bringing headphones or sunglasses with you
  • explains using a Buzzy - a small vibrating plastic bee with blue ice-pack wings which is placed on an arm to help block pain and distract the person getting vaccinated
  • suggests you talk about who is going to take you and how you will get to the clinic
  • has suggestions on how a child can sit comfortably while getting vaccinated.

You can fill out the Immunisation Action Plan and bring it to your appointment and give to any of the staff at the clinic.

It is best to arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment and you should allow up to 45 minutes for your appointment. You need to wait 15 minutes after your vaccination, or 30 minutes if you have a history of allergy or anaphylaxis.

Before you receive your vaccine you will need to complete a consent form. There are two different consent forms:

Paper copies are available at the clinic and staff at the clinic can help you fill out the form if needed.

You can fill out your personal information and consent form before coming to the appointment. Just remember to bring the forms along with you on the day of your vaccination to hand to the staff at the clinic.

After your vaccination

There may be times you need to prove you have had the COVID19 vaccine. You can access your vaccination record or COVID 19 digital certificate online via myGov through your Medicare or My Health Record account.

For step-by-step help to get your vaccination record or COVID-19 digital certificate, visit the Services Australia website. If you need more help or can’t get online, ring the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.

For more information about accessing your immunisation history or showing you've received the vaccine through myGov, visit Services Australia.

Occasionally people may experience some mild side effects from the vaccine. If you are feeling extremely unwell you can contact your doctor or healthcare provider if you have:

  • severe symptoms
  • symptoms that are not going away after a few days, or
  • are otherwise concerned about side effects.

To book your appointment

  1. Find your nearest clinic
  2. Follow the instructions to book your appointment. Please read the Step by Step guide on how to book an appointment if you need extra help.
  3. If you need help to make a booking, call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Book your vaccination appointment

Changing or cancelling your appointment

If you need to change or cancel your vaccination appointment you can do this by calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or by logging into your vaccination account.