WE ARE A COVID 19 VACCINE CENTRE
We are pleased to announce that we are an authorised COVID vaccine centre. Please keep checking this page for updates and further information.
Important Update Following ATAGI Statement On Revised Recommendations On The Use Of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca On 17 June 2021
What is the new ATAGI advice?
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have reviewed their advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine. They have recommended that Pfizer is the preferred vaccine for people aged under 60 years old who have not already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Please see the ATAGI statement HERE.
Also Please see HERE for contains frequently asked questions about the revised Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation advice for people regarding COVID-19 vaccines.
Why has the advice changed?
ATAGI have made this recommendation because of new evidence that shows the risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome) in the 50 – 59 age group is higher than initially thought.
I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca, should I get Pfizer for my second dose?
No, this isn’t necessary. If you have had your first AstraZeneca vaccine dose without any serious side effects, you can receive your second dose as planned.
To ensure maximum long term immunity, it is important you receive two doses of the same COVID-19 vaccine.
I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca, and have side effects that I am worried about. What should I do?
If you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about, we can book an appointment for you to see your doctor.
I am 60 years or over, is the AstraZeneca vaccine still safe for me?
Yes, the AstraZeneca vaccine is still safe for you.
The risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome), is much lower in people aged 60 years and over.
Additionally, if you are aged 60 and over you are much more likely to become seriously unwell if you catch COVID-19.
I’m booked in for my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and I am under 60, what do I do?
If you are aged under 60 years, and you have an appointment to receive your first dose of AstraZeneca, it is recommended you cancel this booking.
I am under 60, and I am fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca, do I have to get Pfizer now?
If you have received both doses of the vaccine you do not need to get vaccinated with any other COVID-19 vaccine.
How can I make an appointment (AstraZeneca vaccine)?
You can now easily book an appointment for COVID vaccination ONLINE through our website or via HotDoc app on your mobile.
Can I have the flu vaccine whilst waiting for the COVID vaccine?
Yes. We currently have a large supply of flu vaccines (both government-funded and private) at our practice and you can easily book an appointment with us for your flu shot and have it done as soon as possible
Please note that the flu vaccine and COVID vaccine need to be separated by at least ONE week and cannot be given together.
How do I Provide Consent?
It is important that you understand the risk and benefits and side effects of any medical treatment or vaccine. We would like you to provide that consent to us by filling out and signing an online consent form which you will be prompted to complete when you are booking your appointment online.
Information about when you should not have the vaccine is contained HERE.
What can I expect after the COVID Vaccine (AstraZeneca)?
You can read the Post Vaccine Information Fact sheet HERE.
Most side effects, including local reaction at injection site, headaches, fever, tiredness, are very common but are often mild and should resolve within 3-4 days. The vaccine will not cause a sore throat, runny nose or cough- if you have these you should let us know (please book a telehealth appointment for this). Like any other vaccines, anaphylaxis and other side effects are very rare, and unknown side effects will be monitored.
A sore throat, runny nose or a cough are NOT expected side effects and so please book a telehealth appointment if these occur. We may recommend a COVID swab if this occurs.
Rare side effects that have been reported after COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca are:
o Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis): This occurs in approximately 1 in a million people getting this vaccine.
o A very rare side effect of an unusual condition involving blood clotting and low blood platelet count may occur after of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. This affects approximately 4 to 6 out of a million people after receiving a first dose, but has not been seen after the second dose of this vaccine.
o The blood clots can occur at different parts of the body, including the brain (this is called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis) and the abdomen. The low level of blood platelets can cause bleeding.
o The symptoms of this condition mostly start between 4 and 20 days after vaccination.
o People with this condition get very unwell and need to go to hospital. This condition can lead to long-term disability, and even death.
Even after vaccination you should continue to practice social distance.
How can I prepare for the COVID vaccination?
There are a number of things that you can do to prepare. 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
Please note that if you are not covered by Medicare and do not have a Medicare number, you are unable to receive the vaccine at our practice. You will need to contact the NSW Health vaccine centres for more information.