WE WILL BE A COVID 19 VACCINE CENTRE
We are pleased to announce that we will be an authorised COVID vaccine centre. Please keep checking this page for updates and further information.
When will our vaccine rollout start?
We have been informed that our practice will receive vaccines in mid-April as part of stage 1b rollout.
(Please click HERE to find out more about the different stages of the Commonwealth Government’s vaccine rollout strategy.)
However, please bear in mind that for the first one month we will receive very limited supply (50 doses a week) of vaccines (as the supply of the vaccines is currently limited) and therefore we are being asked to prioritise vaccinating the most vulnerable patients within phase 1b first.
We are in a very fortunate position with COVID in Australia which relieves the pressure for the vaccine rollout. There is no hurry and the vaccine program will roll out in a slow and gradual fashion. We thank you for your patience.
Am I eligible?
The Commonwealth government has an eligibility criteria for the COVID Vaccine stage 1b rollout. You can find the eligibility list HERE. You can also run through the government’s eligibility checker HERE.
The eligible people for this phase include:
- Elderly adults aged 70 years and over
- Other health care workers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- Younger adults with an underlying medical condition (including those with a disability), and
- Critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.
- Emergency services and meat processing.
However, please note that:
- Due to the limited supply of vaccines in Australia at this point in time, participating practices only have a limited number of vaccines available, therefore the most vulnerable people within phase 1b are being prioritised first.
- Healthy eligible patients may not receive the vaccine immediately as patients will be prioritised according to need and vulnerability.
In the meantime if you receive your vaccine elsewhere, please let us know when you next have a visit so that we can record this in your medical record at our practice.
Can I have the flu vaccine whilst waiting for the COVID vaccine rollout?
Yes. Due to the slow and transitioned rollout of the COVID vaccine, we would suggest that you receive the flu vaccine first. We will inform you when we receive this. Please monitor our flu vaccine webpage.
Please note that the flu vaccine and COVID vaccine need to be separated by at least 2 weeks and cannot be given together. (There is no trial data on concurrent administration).
How can I prepare for the vaccine rollout?
There are a number of things that you can do to prepare whilst waiting for the vaccination process to begin. These things will help us register your vaccination in the Australian Immunisation Register as well as enabling you to access a record of your vaccination. Start preparing by:
making sure your Medicare number is valid and not expired
making sure your details are up to date with Medicare
set up a MyGov or Medicare online account
We may also ask you to complete an online form or questionnaire and consent form before you come. Please check this page for details later.
How can I make an appointment?
Initially, we are just inviting 50 patients per week for vaccination, as that is all the vaccines we are expecting to receive (This will increase as time goes on). We are starting with those identified as highest medical risk and those who are elderly. If you do not receive a phone call or SMS in the first few weeks, please just wait – we will get to everyone eventually. We thank you for your patience, as we have so many patients who meet stage 1b eligibility.
All patients need to check their eligibility for the vaccine before they make an appointment. If you are unsure, please check with us or your GP.
If you are are regular and existing patient, your eligibility will be well known to us as we have your medical records. However, please note that if you are not a regular patient of the practice, you will need bring with you proof of eligibility such as a letter from your doctor, a health summary in My Health record uploaded by your doctor, or a letter from your employer (where applicable).
Can I choose which vaccine I receive?
No. We will be provided with the authorised vaccine from the Commonwealth Government (AstraZeneca) and you are unable to choose which vaccine you receive as we cannot choose what we are allocated.
How do I find out more information about the vaccine?
It is very important that you understand the benefits and potential side effects of any treatment or vaccine that your receive. You can find out more information about the vaccine approved for use in stage 1b rollout by clicking HERE.
You can also download and read the consent form provided by the Commonwealth Government HERE. This also has information on when you should not receive the Covid Vaccine.