News & Views

16th September 2021

Construction Workers Prioritised for COVID Vaccination

If you have been struggling to get an appointment to get 'the jab,' the government's recent announcement of priority access for people working in construction is good news!

Construction workers are defined as workers at a construction site, including apprentices and workers who frequently visit.  A construction site is a work premises, residential, commercial or government at which civil works, building or construction activities take place - which covers all of our members.

 Extra Pfizer Doses

Unitl 19 September, 20,000 priority access Pfizer appointments are available for construction workers at vaccination centres across Victoria. To make an appointment, call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.   

 Please note that workers over 60 will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. Those under 60 can chose Pfizer or AstraZeneca.  If you are over 60 and have a medical reason for needing the Pfizer vaccine, please advise the centre when you make your booking and bring evidence from your doctor.

 Dedicated walk-up times for construction workers 

Until 26 September, five vaccinnation centres have walk-in appointments available for construction workers at set times.

  • The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is offering AstraZeneca from 3.00pm-6.30pm daily

The other vaccination centres offering walk-in appointments are:

  • Wyndham Eagle Stadium in-person vaccination clinic
  • Melton in-person vaccination clinic  
  • Campbellfield Ford Complex in-person vaccination clinic 
  • Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital 

For addresses and available times visit: Vaccination centres | Coronavirus Victoria.

Under current restrictions, you are allowed to travel more than 5km from home to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, provided that the distance travelled and time away from home is no more than necessary.

Please note that the special access appointments are not available to family members of construction workers.  For family members, including children over 12, make an appointment by: 

booking at a participating doctor’s clinic, pharmacy or community health service