COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Testing Clinic update:

Regular COVID-19 Testing Clinic Hours

Open         :  Monday to Friday 09.30 am – 11.30 am. 

Location  :  Castlemaine Stadium, McGrath Street

Type          :  Drive through (Walk-ins are accepted)

Please complete the COVID-19 Screening Clinic Registration form and our COVID-19 response team will call you back to book your appointment time.


Please call on 03 5479 1005 – CHIRP Covid Testing Clinic for an appointment and leave a message. Please wait for our call back as multiple calls may delay your booking process.


  • Please check CHIRP website regularly as times and days may change.
  • Thank you for your patience in times of high demand. We aim to keep wait times as short as possible, but delays may occur.
  • Please bring Medicare card for your appointment.

For other DHHS COVID19 screening clinic: To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, see Where to get tested on the Coronavirus website.


COVID-19 vaccinations at Castlemaine Health

COVID-19 vaccinations at Castlemaine Health

The Castlemaine Health Vaccination Clinic runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 142 Cornish Street, Castlemaine.

Walk in Appointments

Walk in availability for vaccinations for those aged 12+ (and for boosters aged 16+) will be advertised regularly on the Castlemaine Health and CHIRP Facebook page. Alternatively, you can call the clinic on 5471 3555 (option 5) to check if the clinic is able to offer walk ins. Please note, the clinic administers Pfizer vaccines only.

Book a vaccination for ages 12+

You can book an appointment for ages 12+ at the vaccination clinic. Bookings are popular but new appointments are being released regularly.

Please Note: All 16 years and older are now eligible to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (Booster dose) if you received your second dose 3 or more months ago.

Registrations open for 5-11-year-olds

You can register now for the 5-11-year-old age group. The registration link is hosted by Bendigo Health but you can select ‘Castlemaine Health’ as your clinic of choice when you fill out the form. Please ensure you double check your information before submitting the form. Once registered a booking link will be emailed back in a few days.

Note: Our 5-11 year-old vaccination clinics will run Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

Winter booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine

On 25th March, ATAGI recommended an additional booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine to increase vaccine protection for selected population groups, who are at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

These groups are:

  • Adults aged 65 years and older
  • Residents of aged care or disability care facilities
  • People aged 16 years and older with severe immunocompromise (as defined in the  ATAGI statement on the use of a 3rd primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine in individuals who are severely immunocompromised)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older.

The additional winter booster dose can be given from 4 months or longer after the person has received their first booster dose, or from 4 months after a confirmed COVID-19 infection, if infection occurred since the person’s first COVID-19 booster dose.

mRNA vaccines are the preferred vaccine for these winter doses and Castlemaine Health / Dhelkaya Health only administers Comirnaty (Pfizer).

For other groups not listed above, there is insufficient evidence of the benefits of an additional booster dose to make recommendations at this time.

ATAGI will continue to monitor emerging evidence and may recommend an additional dose for these groups in the future.

Prevention of severe illness from COVID-19 remains the primary goal of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program. These recommendations for an additional booster dose focus on protecting the most vulnerable groups against severe disease and reducing the potential burden on the healthcare system over the coming months.

Please call the clinic on 5471 3555 (option 5) or email for bookings.

When to reschedule

Remember: you’ll need to reschedule your appointment if:

  • you’re experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms on the day
  • you’ve attended an exposure site
  • you’re awaiting a COVID-19 test result

If you are unable to attend your appointment, please cancel your appointment with us, to avoid wastage and allow someone else to secure a vaccination.

For more information, Visit Castlemaine Health Vaccination Clinic Page

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