A: Currently our clinic is only offering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Q: Are you taking taking bookings for the vaccination?
A: Yes. We are taking both phone booking on 9376 6884 and online booking through the health.gov.au eligibility checker.
Q: What do I need to bring to my vaccination appointment?
A: A valid Medicare card (without this we will not be able to administer the vaccination) and proof of eligibility. If you are not a current patient at this clinic and you have an underlying medical condition we require a health summary from your current GP or a letter from you specialist. If you are eligible because of your occupation we require proof of employment either a work ID or a letter from you employer.
Q: I have Hypertension, do I full under the Phase 1b category?
A: No, Hypertension alone is not covered in the Phase 1b roll out unless it is coupled with another underlying condition such as Diabetes. There is one form of Hypertension that is cover in this roll out and that is Pulmonary Hypertension.
Q: What is this side effect that everyone is talking about associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine?
A: 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 Pfizer COVID-19 is preferred over the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in adults under 50 years old who have not already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Q: Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?
A: Yes. The individual benefit-to-risk balance of vaccination with the AstraZeneca 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 the increasing age. ATAGI has recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine remains safe to be given to people aged 50 years and over.
Q: I have had my first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, what do I do now?
A: 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.
Q: What if I am worried about side effects?
A: If you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about, please call us on 9376 6884 or come in to see the doctor.
Q: I’m booked in for my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, what do I do?
A: If you are an adult under 50 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 50 years. Information on how to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be on the Department on Health website. If you are 50 years of age or older, you can still receive your AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
If you need a doctor urgently outside of medicenter opening hours, call emergency appointment number for emergency service.