As of 07/05//2021

As of the 17th of May all patients in the 2a group, that is all those over 50, are eligible to make an appointment for an Astra-Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the practice. Please ring to make an appointment as currently we have not opened online appointments for the Covid-19 vaccine clinics.

For people under 50, the Pfizer vaccine is the preferred vaccine,So far only people under 50 in the 1a and 1b groups have access to this vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is only available at major vaccine hubs eg: Westmead Hospital and Homebush. 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.

To help with your concerns about the Astra-Zeneca Vaccine, please read the following information:

Astra-Zeneca Updated information, Weighing up the Benefits vs the Risks of the Vaccine and Astra-Zeneca Vaccine and Thrombosis with Thrombocytopaenia Syndrome

If you need to determine which vaccine group you are in please go to the Vaccine Eligibility Checker. Once you answer the eligibility questions, you are directed to practices in the area that are participating in the roll-out.

'COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker

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 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. 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:

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 5 cases per 1 million doses).

Also refer to the following information: After your COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine

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.

Resources:

 

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