INFORMATION ABOUT OUR COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS

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Booking an appointment

COVID-19 vaccinations are voluntary and free.

Please book your vaccination via our online booking system, which will show all available time slots.

Please do not call the clinic for your COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Eligibility

The following people are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • All adults aged 40-49
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 49
  • NDIS participants aged years 16 and over, and carers of NDIS participants of any age
  • Temporary visa holders aged under 50 years who are currently in Australia and have been approved for return travel to Australia through the travel exemption process.

This is in addition to the following people, who were already eligible for vaccination:

  • All adults aged 50 and over
  • Quarantine and border workers
  • Health care workers
  • Aged care and disability care residents and staff
  • People aged 16 and over with an underlying medical condition or significant disability
  • Critical and high risk workers aged 16 and over including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.
  • Individuals with an Australian Border Force outwards travel exemption in an eligible category

Please note that if you are >60 years old, you are currently eligible for the AstraZeneca Vaccine

Patients <60 years old who fulfill the above eligibility criteria will be booked for the Pfizer Vaccine

Preparing for your appointment

In the lead up to your appointment, please make sure your details are up to date with Medicare. For details on how to do this, please click here

Double check your eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Booking a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at our clinic implies that you are prepared to provide consent. If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine or are undecided about whether to have it, please book a standard appointment to discuss this with your regular GP. We have to get through the large volumes quickly (both to increase numbers of people, but also to protect vaccine quality and to minimise wastage), so if you have questions about it, please discuss this with your GP prior to attending or find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are a new patient to our clinic, please speak to your regular GP to provide your current health summary either via MyHealthRecord, fax to our clinic (9877 2089), or a hard copy for you to bring with you to your appointment.

On the day of your appointment

Please come 5 minutes early to your COVID 19 vaccination appointment to fill out the consent form. This helps us run the vaccination clinics on time.

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment if you:

  • are unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • are awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • have tested positive with COVID-19 and you are in isolation
  • are in quarantine
  • are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
  • have had any other vaccine (COVID-19 or another) in the past 14 days

If you fall into any of the above categories, you may need to reschedule your appointment. Please call us to discuss.

Please wear a short sleeved top/shirt to give easy access to your arm.

Please bring your photo ID, Medicare Card, face mask and if you are under 70 years old, please also bring proof of eligibility. For examples of proof of eligibility, please click here.

If you are a new patient to our clinic we also request that you bring the following to your vaccination appointment:

  • health summary available from your regular GP (current medications, medical conditions, allergies etc…)
  • information about any previous COVID-19 vaccine received (brand and date of vaccination)
  • information about any reactions you have had to any vaccine in the past
  • the name of your regular doctor and any specialist doctors that you see

What to expect at your appointment

It is very important that you arrive for your appointment on time. Please allow time for parking as we expect our car park to be very busy during COVID-19 clinic session times. You will be greeted at reception and directed to a consulting room. A doctor (unlikely to be your usual GP) will confirm your identity, confirm your eligibility and obtain your consent. A nurse will then administer your vaccine as an injection, most commonly in your upper arm muscle. The nurse will give you proof of your immunisation before directing you to the waiting room where you will be required to stay under observation for at least 15 minutes, after which you may leave.

Attendance at our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and not for any other non-related medical service. We will not be issuing scripts or providing other non-vaccine advice.

We are now required by RACGP Accreditation Standards to obtain patient information (eg. smoking history, alcohol consumption, ethnicity, height, weight etc…) So, during those 15 minutes, we may ask you to complete a form to update your details to capture this information. We would appreciate your assistance.

After your appointment

At this stage, you will still need to follow state and territory restrictions after your vaccination.

Once you’ve had your vaccine, you’ll be able to get an immunisation history statement to prove your vaccination status. You can get proof of vaccinations from your Medicare immunisation history through myGov, or by calling Medicare on 1800 653 809.

If you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction, please contact us immediately or go straight to the emergency department at your nearest hospital.

You may experience side effects following vaccination. Common reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations include:

  • a sore arm
  • headache
  • low level fever
  • muscle pain
  • chills
  • tiredness, or
  • joint pain.

You can use the COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccine. The checker is also available through the National Coronavirus Helpline, 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.

Most side effects are mild and last no more than a few days. If these symptoms persist, please book an appointment with your doctor.

If you think a COVID-19 vaccine has caused a side effect, you can report it. Reports of suspected side effects help the TGA monitor COVID-19 vaccine safety. We can report side effects to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on your behalf, or you can report your side effects yourself. Please click here to make a report to TGA.

If you would like more information about after the vaccination, please click here.