Cumberland councillor Kun Huang said the issue had been raised in at least three different groups on the Chinese-language app WeChat, with workers from Auburn and Lidcombe contemplating going to Campsie to get the jab.
He has been sent invoices from people who received the Pfizer vaccine at Blessed Health, which show they were charged $225 between July 24 and 26.
The item description is either a “new patient registration fee” or a “Level C Surgery” – a Medicare item for a long consultation.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone, a federal health department spokesperson told AAP. That includes people who do not have a Medicare card and applies regardless of visa status.
“Clinics cannot charge a patient any cost associated with the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, including booking fees,” the spokesperson said.
“The Department of Health has made the requirements under the program clear with GPs and the overwhelming majority are doing the right thing.”
The department's web page states that the consult appointment for patients to receive the vaccination is free.
A Blessed Care nurse said the practice could not give the vaccine to new patients without first taking a medical history, and didn't provide for bulk billing.
Dr Ang, one of the clinic's doctors, said the clinic was not charging for the actual vaccine.
Chinese-speaking construction workers were crying out for help after struggling to book into vaccine hubs through English-language websites and believing the COVID shot was necessary for their work, he said.
The federal government said it was expanding its communication to culturally and linguistically diverse people.