Ballarat vaccine and testing information
Latest Ballarat vaccination rates
The City of Ballarat has now reached a fully vaccinated rate of greater than 95 percent for residents aged 15 and over (via the Australian Government Department of Health on 22 November, 2021).
COVID-19 vaccinations in Ballarat
COVID-19 vaccinations are now available through the below services in Ballarat.
To receive the best protection against serious illness or death from COVID-19, you should get all the recommended doses for your age or individual health needs. Boosters are important to maintain this protection. Booster doses are free for everyone.
Learn more about booster doses here.
COVID-19 vaccinations are available at certain GP clinics and pharmacies in Ballarat.
You can find a clinic online using the Vaccine Clinic Finder.
UFS pharmacies across Ballarat are offering COVID-19 vaccinations.
To book a vaccination at your local UFS pharmacy, please click here.
If you are booking a Pfizer appointment for children aged 5 – 11, please call the Sturt Street pharmacy on 5331 9811 to make an appointment.
To book an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination at a GP clinic or GP Respiratory Clinic, use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker that allows you to:
- check whether your a currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine
- check which clinics are currently taking appointments
- book a vaccination
Or phone the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline – 1800 020 080 – to provide you with contact information to make a booking. Note: call takers cannot make a booking on your behalf.
A list of Western Victoria COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics can be found here.
I’m a close contact. What should I do?
If you test positive to COVID-19 there are things you need to do to protect yourself and the community.
View the Coronavirus Victoria website to learn more, including information on antiviral medications and managing COVID symptoms.
Where can I get tested for COVID-19 in Ballarat?
Council COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Program
Free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) are now available for all community members to collect at the Sebastopol Library.
RATs can be collected from the library at 181 Albert Street during opening hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 9.30am-5pm
Sebastopol Library phone: 5335 7985
If you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, please do not collect rapid antigen tests until you are well. If you can't get to a location, some else can collect free rapid antigen tests for you.
Who can get free rapid antigen tests?
All community members who present to a collection site can receive up to 10 tests (2 kits) for themselves, plus up to 10 tests (2 kits) for each member of their household per visit.
Community members requesting tests do not need to verify eligibility and do not need to reside within the municipality.
The current testing advice determines the following quantities for priority and high-risk community members (or someone collecting tests on their behalf)
People with disabilities or their carer can receive 20 tests (4 kits) per visit, including:
- NDIS participants
- Disability support pensioners
- People with a disability who receive a Transport Accident Commission benefit.
People who are 70 years or older, immunocompromised or have a concession card can also receive 20 tests (4 kits) per visit.
Community groups and not-for-profits may also collect RATs for distribution to their networks.
Where can I get more information on the use of RATs?
For more information about getting tested and reporting a positive rapid antigen test result, visit the Department of Health website.
Alternatively you can call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 675 398.