Covid-19 Vaccination Information
As of 12/04/2021
We are a registered Covid-19 vaccine provider and have commenced participating in the roll-out. There has been updated advice on the safety of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine and a recommendation that people under the age of 50 receive the Pfizer vaccine. However, some people under 50 have chronic conditions where the risk of contracting Covid may outweigh the benefit of waiting for the Pfizer vaccine. If you are unsure of your risks, please discuss this with your doctor and specialist. If you are under 50 and have already received your first dose of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine without any harmful side-effects, then you are advised to proceed with your second dose when it is due. For more information please read the following: Astra-Zeneca Updated information 10/4/2021 and more about Astra-Zeneca and clotting
To determine which vaccine group you are in please go to the Vaccine Eligibility Checker. Currently general practices are vaccinating those in the 1B group. Our initial supplies are limited so we will be prioritizing the eligible groups and contacting them individually. Please be patient as you wait your turn. As supply becomes more readily available, more appointments will open up for Covid-19 vaccination- at that point, we will be sending SMS messages and opening online appointments. If however you need to get vaccinated sooner you can go through the Vaccine Eligibility Checker – answer the eligibility questions, and then be directed to other practices in the area that are participating in the roll-out sooner.
Phase 1B patients include all those over 70 and 18-69 year olds with specific chronic conditions. 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. Before you can receive the vaccine elsewhere, or if you are new to Florence St. Family Practice, the person giving you the vaccine needs to view proof of your eligibility, which may involve a letter from your employer, a referral letter or summary from your doctor or completion of an eligibility declaration form.
As this is a new vaccine, 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 compete 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” 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 two weeks between the flu vaccine and the Covid-19 vaccine. They cannot be given at the same time.
As supplies are limited, please cancel your Covid-19 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. None of the ingredients can cause COVID-19 infection. However, you will need to be observed in the surgery for 15-30 minutes after your vaccination to monitor for side effects.
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 5 cases per 1 million doses).
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, adverse reactions reported after the second dose were milder and reported less frequently. 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 will be given 12 weeks after the first dose. 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 12 weeks 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.
- After your COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination
- COVID-19 vaccination decision guide for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning pregnancy
- Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines
- Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about COVID-19 vaccines
- Auslan videos about COVID-19 vaccines
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