28/03/2022

Private and Publicly funded Flu vaccines are now available to our regular patients. Please phone for an appointment.

A Winter Covid-19 Vaccine booster – four months after your last covid vaccine is currently available to: Patients over 65; Patients in residential age or disability care facilities; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 50 and Immunocompromised patients over 16. (If you have had the covid-19 infection after your first booster then you also need to wait four months before you receive your Winter booster). The flu vaccine can be administered on the same day as the Covid winter booster if you are eligible.

For patients over 18 yet to be immunised- Novavax vaccine is available.  Please register your interest by phoning the surgery. For more information re Novavax, please read: Information on Novavax Vaccine and After your Novavax Vaccine

Pfizer vaccination is currently available to all patients at the practice over the age of 5. Patients are advised to phone for an appointment (as we do not have online appointments for the Covid-19 vaccine clinics).

Pfizer vaccination for children age 5-11 – appointments are still available, via telephone only. For Children 5-11 receiving Pfizer we ask parents to please read the following, and print out and complete the attached consent form: COVID-19 vaccine information and consent form for parents and guardians of children aged 5 to 11 years

1st BOOSTER Covid-19 Vaccines are currently available to all people over 16 years of age,  3 or more months after their first 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (or 3 months after a third immunocompromised persons dose). The date of your last vaccine is on your COVID-19 digital certificate. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are recommended as boosters in Australia. COVID-19 booster vaccines are not mandatory, however a booster dose helps to strengthen your immune system and improve your long-term protection against serious illness from the COVID-19 virus. You will need to bring proof of vaccination for dose 1 and 2 to your booster appointment if you did not obtain your vaccinations with us.

ATAGI also recommends a 3rd primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine in severely immunocompromised populations to maximise the level of immune response to as close as possible to the general population. This is NOT a booster dose and is available 2-6 months after the second dose. To find out if you fit into the severely immunocompromised category or need advice on timing, please organise a phone consultation with your GP or specialist. People who are recommended to receive a third primary dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can have a 1st booster dose three months later and a subsequent Winter booster four months after. More detailed information is provided below.

For Pfizer patients above 12, we advise that you read / discuss with your teens the following:

information about the Pfizer vaccine,   after your Pfizer vaccine,  and also  COVID-19 vaccine information for teens and parents / guardians

Please also download and complete the consent form.

On the day:

  • Patients will need to be observed for 15 minutes after vaccination.
  • We ask that only one support person accompany a child under 15 to minimise the occupants in the waiting area.
  • Patients are advised to eat and be well hydrated prior to the appointment.
  • Please do not take Panadol /Nurofen prior to vaccination.
  • Please arrive on time with your filled in forms to minimise your time at the practice.
  • Please make your second dose appointment before you leave.

For our immunocompromised patients we advise you read the following: Decision Guide for people with immunocompromise, ATAGI recommendation on the use of a third dose. If you do not have written recommendation from your specialist, then it is advisable to complete an eligibility and consent declaration form .

If you are a NEW PATIENT to the practice, you will also be required to print out, complete and bring in, our registration form AND either a health summary from your doctor or a completed history sheet.

Please be aware that you need to allow at least one week between any other vaccine and the Covid-19 vaccine. It will also take at least seven days after the second Pfizer dose to acquire maximum protection.

Booster doses  

Booster doses are now available to all people over 16 years of age, three (3) or more months after your first 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The date of your second vaccine is on your COVID-19 digital certificate. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are recommended as boosters in Australia. COVID-19 booster vaccines are not mandatory however, a booster dose helps to strengthen your immune system and improve your long-term protection against serious illness from the COVID-19 virus. Booster doses will be free for everyone. You will need to bring proof of vaccination for dose 1 and 2 to your booster appointment if you did not obtain your vaccinations with us.

Booster doses are recommended for pregnant women aged 18 years and older who received their second dose of vaccination at least 3 months ago. The Pfizer vaccine is the preferred vaccine for pregnant women.

ATAGI is NOT currently recommending booster doses for: people aged 12 to 15 years.

You can have the Pfizer vaccine as a booster dose regardless of which vaccine you had for your first 2 doses. You can also receive the Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) vaccine if: you can’t have the Pfizer vaccine for medical reasons or had 2 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine previously but it is not the preferred booster.

Safety of COVID-19 booster doses:

  • Common, mild side effects following a booster dose look similar to the side effects following the first 2 doses.
  • There is limited data on serious side effects such as myocarditis and pericarditis following a Pfizer booster dose.
  • Evidence from Israel suggests that myocarditis and pericarditis are not more common after the booster dose, compared with the second dose.
  • This side effect is being monitored closely.
  • ATAGI will continue to review the risk-benefit equation on booster doses.

If you seek an earlier appointment than we have available, please use the Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder . 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.

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

Vaccine Side Effects:

None of the vaccines’ ingredients can cause COVID-19 infection. Side effects are usually mild to moderate and resolve within a few days.

These can include:

Commonly:

  • 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/Moderna)

Also refer to the following information:

After your COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine, 

After your Pfizer vaccine

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 after vaccination. 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.

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.

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.
  • Wear a mask in closed environments

As with any vaccine it may not protect everyone. It is not yet known how long the vaccine protection will last. Hopefully information re boosters will become available in the next few months.

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.

For our Astra Zeneca patients: to help with your concerns about the Astra-Zeneca Vaccine, please read the BELOW information:

 

  • Other Resources:

                    Preparing for your Covid-19 Vaccination

The DoH COVID-19 vaccine website has information available in 63 languages. To access information in a language other than English, select ‘Information in your language’ within the blue header.

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