Moderna (SPIKEVAX)  COVID19 Vaccination information

In Australia’s vaccine rollout, the Moderna vaccine is now available for people aged 12 years and over.

Dosing Interval

A total of two primary course doses of Moderna (SPIKEVAX) COVID-19 vaccine are required for most people with a recommended interval of four to six weeks (28 to 42 days), with an absolute minimum interval of 14 days

You need 2 doses of the Moderna vaccine, given at least 4 weeks apart. 

Individuals may not develop optimal protection until 14 days after the second dose. As with all vaccines, 100% immunity is not guaranteed for all individuals.

Find out more about booster doses for people aged 18 years and older and third doses for people with severe immunocompromise.

Current guidance includes:

You are  able to access the latest Australian Government information on COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccine roll-out via the Department of Health (DoH) COVID-19 vaccine website.

The are frequent updates to this is website as the situation evolves. In the meantime access the Government info on Moderna (SPIKEVAX) here:

Find out more about the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, including information on how it works, who it is approved for and advice about potential side effects. (https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/approved-vaccines/moderna)

TGA documentation on  Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Common side effects after the Moderna vaccine include:

  • pain at the injection site
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • fever and chills
  • joint pain.

Less common side effects after the Moderna vaccine include:

  • redness or swelling at the injection site
  • swelling or tenderness in the armpit
  • nausea/vomiting
  • enlarged lymph nodes.

Most side effects are mild and go away within 2 or 3 days.

Rare side effects after Moderna

  •  severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis),
  • heart inflammation (myocarditis and pericarditis)

Heart Inflammation (myocarditis and percarditis)

See the Government’s  guidance on myocarditis and pericarditis after mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (includiing a comparison of Pfizer and Moderna)

The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre has a page on myocarditis and pericarditis that includes an explanatory video.

You should speak to your GP, immunisation specialist service or cardiologist about the best timing of vaccination and whether any additional precautions are recommended:

  • You have had myocarditis or pericarditis within the  last 3 months
  • You have acute rheumatic fever or acute rheumatic heart disease (i.e., with evidence of active inflammation)
  • Acute decompensated heart failure (worsening of heart failure symptoms)

Dose Injection technique cause myocarditis?

ATAGI does not consider injection technique to cause adverse events because most myocarditis cases occur after the second dose, and if accidentally injecting into a blood vessel was a factor, cases would occur equally after both doses.

People who should not have the Moderna vaccine

It’s not recommended that you have the Moderna vaccine if you have had:

  • severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to a previous dose of an mRNA COVID19 vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer)
  • anaphylaxis after exposure to any component of the vaccine, including polyethylene glycol (PEG)
  • myocarditis and/or pericarditis attributed to a previous dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer)
  • any other serious adverse event, that following review by an experienced immunisation provider or medical specialist was attributed to a previous dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

Booking appointments  for Moderna (SPIKEVAX) COVID19 vaccination at Reydon Street. We are currently providing vaccinations for 14 to 75 yrs olds.

When Booking an appointment at Reydon Street, you will need:

  • A current Medicare Care Card (check expiry date)
  • Photo ID
  • Proof of eligibility for COVID19 vaccination (check below)

We will be checking photo ID and Medicare cards when people arrive at their appointment, and you will need to use your details to book these appointments.

If  you are 13  years and under, or 75 years and over we do not have capacity to offer a vaccination appointment.

We recommend  you use the Eligibility Checker to find a suitable location https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility-checker or book through Queensland Health https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccine/book

I have heard about possible allergies. What non-active ingredients are included in the Moderna vaccine ?

None of the vaccine ingredients are of human or animal origin and there are no food, latex or gelatin in the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available. If individuals have had an allergic reaction to other vaccines in the past, it does not mean that they will also be allergic to the COVID-19 vaccines (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy [ASCIA], 2021).

Patients with allergies to the ingredients  in the vaccination will need to discuss  COVID19 vaccination with their doctor.

The TGA list the following ingredients :

Heptadecan-9-yl 8-[2-
hydroxyethyl-(6-oxo-6-
undecoxyhexyl)amino]octanoate
• Cholesterol
• Distearoylphosphatidylcholine
• 1,2-Dimyristoyl-rac-glycero-3-
methoxypolyethylene glycol2000
• Trometamol
• Trometamol hydrochloride
• Acetic acid
• Sodium acetate trihydrate
• Sucrose
• Water for injections

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