The vaccination centre at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is now able to vaccinate anyone who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.
From Wednesday 21 April, eligible people can book or walk in for an appointment at the Convention Centre at South Wharf or other vaccination hubs.
While the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends that the Pfizer (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccine is preferred in adults aged 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.
Eligible people include:
- People 70 years of age or older; or
- People in phase 1a: hotel quarantine and border workers, frontline health care workers, aged care and disability care staff and residents; or
- People in phase 1b: health care workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55 years, adults with a medical condition or disability, and critical and high-risk workers; or
- Adults who are part of the expanded Victorian priority groups: residents of high-risk accommodation, customer facing transport workers, corrective and detention staff and clients; or
For more information visit the Victorian government’s webpage: Who can get vaccinated
Booking your vaccination is encouraged
Phone bookings are strongly recommended to ensure you can be vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible. Bookings can be made by calling the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 (Select Option 3 – Option 2 – Option 2).
People who choose to walk in on the day should be aware that they may have to wait until an immuniser is free to provide them with a vaccine.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Address: 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006 (enter via doors 4-5 from Orrs Walk off Clarendon Street).
Opening hours: The vaccination centre is open every day from 8:15am - 4pm, with walk-ins accepted between 9am - 4pm.
Parking: For those being vaccinated, parking at MCEC is free and can be accessed via Normanby Road. Please speak with vaccination staff to receive a validated parking ticket.
For more information about how to book an appointment or about the mass vaccination centres visit the Victorian Coronavirus webpage.