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COVID VACCINES

We are running Pfizer and AstraZeneca clinics.  As of 17 August all Pfizer clinics are fully booked. Unfortunately we do not have a waiting list for cancellations. Any cancellations will become available online so please keep checking the HotDoc website/app. 

IMPORTANT – please scroll down to read information you need to know PRIOR to attending your appointment.

How can I make an appointment (Pfizer vaccine)?

Anyone aged between 16 to 59 years is eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Anyone 12 – 15 years old, will be eligible for appointments after 13 September 2021.

You must have a valid Medicare card to receive a vaccine at our practice. Appointment bookings are ONLINE ONLY through our website or via the HotDoc app on your mobile.

Pfizer vaccine appointments

Please DO NOT call the practice to book your appointment as we are NOT taking appointments over the phone. We thank you for your understanding.

How can I make an appointment (AstraZeneca vaccine)?

Bookings for AstraZeneca vaccinations can be made by calling the practice on 02 8914 7988

PRIOR to attending your appointment:

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:

  • make sure your Medicare number is valid and not expired
  • Bring your Medicare card to your appointment and show it to reception when you check-in

  • make sure your details are up to date with Medicare

  • wear a short sleeved top or t-shirt
  • set up a MyGov or Medicare online account

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 read the information attached HERE before your appointment. You will be asked for verbal consent during the appointment and this will be recorded on your file.
Information about when you should not have the vaccine is contained HERE.

What can I expect after the COVID Vaccine (Pfizer)?

You can read the Post Vaccine Information Fact sheet 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 telephone appointment for this). Like any other vaccines, anaphylaxis and other side effects are very rare, and unknown side effects will be monitored.

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.

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 now 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.

Please see below the 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.