COVID 19 Vaccines

To find out if you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine please select the button below, which will take you to the Australian Government of Health Website.  

Vaccine Eligibility Checker

COVID-19 Vaccinations can now be booked by calling 08 8276 5055

AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccination appointments are currently available at our clinic.

 

If you are 16 years-of-age and above, you are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the Pfizer vaccine is now recommended for you.

  1. Please make sure your details are up to date with Medicare.  You can call Medicare on 132 011 , 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to help with a claim, ordering a new card or answer general enquiries.
  2. Plan to book 2 appointments to receive both doses of your COVID-19 vaccine.  It is important to book these 8-12 weeks apart (for AstraZeneca) and 21-42 days apart (for Pfizer)– our receptionist can help you with this.  Optimal protection against COVID-19 will not occur until about 1-2 weeks after your second dose.
  3. What to bring to your appointment:
  • Photo ID, if you have one
  • Medicare card, if you have one
  • Employee ID, if you’re getting a COVID-19 vaccine because of your occupation
  • Information about your any of your medical conditions, allergies, bleeding disorders or immunocompromise (i.e. weakened immune system)
  • Information about any medications you are taking
  • Information about any previous COVID-19 vaccine received (vaccine brand and date of vaccination)
  • Information about any reactions you have had to any vaccine in the past
  • The name of your current GP/s and any specialist doctors you see

At your appointment, you will be able to discuss any questions you have about COVID-19 vaccinations.  Please let the GP know if you have any medical conditions or if you are taking any medications.  Especially make sure to tell them if you:

  • Have had an allergic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to an ingredient of the vaccine
  • Have had anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) to other vaccines or other medicines
  • Have a mast cell disorder
  • have a bleeding disorder or are receiving anticoagulant therapy (a blood thinner)
  • Are pregnant (or think you might be pregnant) or breastfeeding
  • Are immunocompromised (i.e. have a weakened immune system or take immune suppressing medication)
  • Have had COVID-19 in the past, or have ongoing illness from COVID-19
  • Have received another COVID-19 vaccine (and which brand)
  • Have received any vaccine in the last 14 days.

 

Preparing for COVID-19 vaccination

View Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccination PDF

 

How you will receive the vaccine

You will receive the vaccine as an injection, most commonly into your upper arm muscle. You must remain in the vaccination clinic for observation for at least 15 minutes after vaccination. Depending on your medical history, you may be asked to wait in the clinic for 30 minutes.

It is important to continue to practise good hygiene and physical distancing in the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine. A safe and effective vaccine will only be one part of keeping the community safe and healthy.

 

AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Questions (9thApril 2021)

Information prepared by the Department of Health for General Practices
What is this side effect that everyone is talking about associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine?
There is evidence of a likely link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia).The recommendation from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is that use of Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) is preferred over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in adults under 50 years old who have not already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?
Yes. The individual benefit-to-risk balance of vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine varies with age. This balance is based on factors including the increased risk of complications from COVID-19 with increasing age and the potential lower risk of this very rare, but serious, adverse event with increasing age. ATAGI has recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine remains safe to be given to people aged 50 years and over.
I have had my first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, what do I do now?
If you have had your first vaccine dose without this side effect or other serious adverse effects, you should receive your second dose as planned.
What if I am worried about side effects?
If you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about, please book an appointment for you to see your doctor.
I’m booked in for my first dose of theAstraZenecaCOVID-19 vaccine, what do I do?
If you are an adult aged under 60 years, you should only receive a first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine where the benefit of receiving the vaccine clearly outweighs the risk in your individual circumstance. You may wish to discuss your individual benefit-to-risk balance with your doctor. Generally, if you have not already received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, then the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is preferred in adults aged under 60 years. If you are 60 years of age or older, you can still receive your AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

 

National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline

If you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call the telephone number listed below. This number operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

1800 020 080

 

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