Covid-19 Vaccination Information
As of 31/07/2021
Florence St Family Practice is currently still participating in the Astra-Zeneca vaccine roll-out. Due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney, the Government has advised, that all patients over 18, can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine if Pfizer is unavailable. Patients under 40 are advised to discuss AstraZeneca risks versus benefits with their GP.
To help with your concerns about the Astra-Zeneca Vaccine, please read the following information:
Due to the recent outbreak, second doses of Astra Zeneca vaccines are scheduled at 8 weeks to boost short term protection. Patients are advised to phone for an appointment (as we do not have online appointments for the Covid-19 vaccine clinics).
We have expressed an interest in Pfizer but have not received a date for delivery as yet. We will post an announcement on our website as soon as we have a date, please check the website regularly.
In the meantime, the Vaccine Eligibility Checker can direct patients to places in the area that already have Pfizer supply. It is advisable to keep checking this, as new sites appear over time.
If you are attending another practice for your vaccination you may wish to bring a health summary with you- please talk to your doctor about this. If you are new to Florence St. Family Practice, a health summary from your previous GP or a consultation prior to your Covid-19 Vaccine appointment would be helpful.
As these are new vaccines, lengthy protocols have been put in place, you will need to allow up to 45 minutes for your vaccination. There is a CONSENT FORM you will need to complete prior to your vaccination. Ideally you should download, print and complete this form prior to your appointment. It is advisable to read the “Preparing for your Covid-19 vaccination”, Information on your Covid-19 vaccine and “After your Covid-19 vaccination” prior to your appointment (see links below).
The flu vaccine is also currently available. Please be aware that you need to allow at least one week between the flu vaccine and the Covid-19 vaccine. They cannot be given at the same time. As we are already in winter and there is a waitlist for the covid vaccine, please have your flu vaccine as soon as possible.
As appointments are limited, please cancel your Covid vaccine appointment as soon as possible if:
- you are unwell with fever, cough or other possible Covid-19 symptoms
- you are waiting for a Covid-19 test result or have a positive Covid-19 test
- you are a close contact of someone with Covid-19 or
- you are in quarantine
The vaccine stimulates the body’s immune system to produce antibodies against the virus. It will take about 20 days to develop immunity.
None of the vaccines’ ingredients can cause COVID-19 infection.
After your vaccination, you will need to be observed in the surgery for 15-30 minutes.
Side Effects usually are mild to moderate and resolve within a few days. These can include:
- Tenderness, warmth, redness and itch at the injection site.
- Headache (50%), fatigue (50%), muscle aches (40%) joint pains (20%)
- Fever/chills (30%)
- Nausea (20%)
Uncommonly: Fainting, dizziness.
Rarely: Allergic reaction including skin rash, swelling, difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis (about 1-5 cases per 1 million doses).
TTS (Thrombosis with Thrombocytopaenia Syndrome) (Astra Zeneca), Myocarditis / Pericarditis (Pfizer)
Also refer to the following information:
Medical experts have studied COVID-19 vaccines to make sure they are safe. The potential for other rare or unanticipated side effects to emerge over time is low, but is being closely monitored, as for any vaccine or medicine.
When compared with the first dose of Astra Zeneca, adverse reactions reported after the second dose were milder and reported less frequently.(The reverse is true of Pfizer.) Adverse reactions were generally milder and reported less frequently in older adults (≥65 years old).
To reduce discomfort, paracetamol or ibuprofen can be taken. Healthdirect also has a side effect checker if you think you may be experiencing side-effects. Alternately you can call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 for information about side effects.
After your vaccine:
- Patients will be contacted in the week after vaccination via SMS with a brief survey to collect data on any adverse events following the vaccine. This is part of a national adverse events surveillance system called AusVaxSafety.
- Adverse events can also be reported by the patient or by the immunisation provider to the NSW health department or the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) directly.
Even after your vaccination, it is important to continue to:
- Stay 1.5 metres away from other people and avoid handshakes
- Stay home if you are unwell and get tested for Covid-19. Stay at home until your results come back.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitiser
- Always cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue and put the tissue in the bin straight away and clean your hands.
A booster dose of Astra Zeneca will be given 4-12 weeks after the first dose (three- six weeks with Pfizer). As with any vaccine it may not protect everyone. It is not yet known how long the vaccine protection will last. Please make an appointment for your second dose, after, your first vaccination.
All COVID-19 vaccinations must be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). This is a mandatory requirement under national legislation. This will include some personal information. You can view / obtain your vaccination record online through your:
- Medicare Online account / Medicare Express Plus App
- MyGov account
- MyHealthRecord account.
- You can also call Medicare on 1800 653 809
More information on COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccine roll-out can be viewed on the Department of Health (DoH) COVID-19 vaccine website.
If you need any other information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call the:
National Coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on PH: 1800 020 080