[ALERT] – Coronavirus vaccinations- All patients must read!

Greenacres Surgery is participating in the COVID 19 vaccination for Phase 1b patients initially.

We will be conducting dedicated COVID vaccination clinics after the Easter long weekend.

Eligibility Criteria Phase 1b- will be done with Astra-Zeneca vaccine

  • Adults aged ≥70 years old. 
  • Healthcare workers. 
  • Household contacts of quarantine and border workers.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 50 years old. 
  • Younger adults with significant underlying medical condition and/or disability. 
  • Critical and high-risk workers such as police, firefighters, defence force, emergency services.
  • Meat processing employees.
  • Australian Government officials about to be deployed or currently deployed overseas on official government business. 

Please contact our friendly reception staff after Easter to book your appointment for COVID vaccination.

Due to limited allocation of vaccine stock, we will prioritise to book our regular patients who are eligible for Phase 1b.

When attending for COVID vaccination, patients are required to bring proper identification such as Drivers license and proof of employment to confirm eligibility.

If you are not eligible for Phase 1b, further information on eligible population groups and vaccine rollout are outlined in detail on the Department of Health website  

Phases 2 and 3

Phase 2 is also divided into two sections, 2a and 2b.  

Phase 2a eligible population groups include: 

  • Adults aged 50 to 69 years old. 
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged 18 and above. 
  • Other critical and high-risk workers not included in Phase 1. 

Phase 2b will be delivered to all remaining people ≥18 years of age.  

Phase 3 may then include all of those who are under 18 years of age if the vaccine is recommended.

Contraindication to vaccination

As COVID-19 vaccines are relatively novel, safety testing in all population groups has not yet been achieved. Currently, the COVID-19 vaccines are not recommended for the following populations: 

  • People under 16 years old (However, the vaccine roll-out is for those over 18 years old).  
  • People who have received any other vaccine in the last 14 days (including influenza). 
  • People who have allergies to any of the ingredients in the vaccines (polyethylene glycol (PEG), also known as macrogol and Polysorbate 80). 
  • People who are acutely unwell with a fever (≥38.5oC) or respiratory symptoms. 

Observation post vaccination

Anaphylaxis or severe allergy to a vaccine is a rare occurrence. This is the reason all vaccinated people must remain at the vaccination clinic for at least 15 minutes following administration.

Anybody with a known anaphylactic reaction to any substance (not just vaccination-related) must remain at the clinic for a minimum of 30 minutes after vaccination

Interval between doses

The AstraZeneca vaccine requires 2 doses and has a recommended interval of 12 weeks between doses

Potential Side Effects

Very common and common side-effects include:

  • Muscle pain. 
  • Chills and fever. 
  • Fatigue. 
  • Headache.
  • Pain, swelling and redness at the injection site.
  • Joint pain.
  • Nausea.

Most of the side effects are mild and last 1-2 days.

Paracetemol (panadol) or Ibuprofen (nurofen) is not required before immunisation but can be taken after the vaccination if needed.

Please contact our friendly reception staff after Easter to book your appointment for COVID vaccination.

Due to limited allocation of vaccine stock, we will prioritise to book our regular patients who are eligible for Phase 1b before patients from other medical clinics.

When attending for COVID vaccination, patients are required to bring proper identification such as Drivers license, proof of employment and medical conditions to confirm eligibility if you are not a regular patient of our clinic.