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

Greenacres Surgery is participating in the COVID 19 vaccination.

We will be conducting dedicated COVID vaccination clinics on Friday mornings.

Due to limited allocation of vaccine stock, we will prioritise to book our regular patients who are eligible

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

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

Eligibility criteria

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. 

All individuals under the age of 50 are recommended to have the Pfizer vaccination at a Vaccine Hub.

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 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.

Flu vaccines available now

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Influenza vaccination is available now and we will be conducting dedicated flu vaccine clinics.

Due to the coronavirus, it is recommended that everyone should have the influenza vaccine

Influenza vaccination is free for children under the age of 5yo, pregnant women, patients with chronic medical diseases and for those over 65 years of age. All other patients will need a script to purchase their flu vaccine from the chemist.

Contact our friendly reception staff to Book an appointment for your flu vaccine.

There must be a 2 week period between Flu and COVID vaccination.

Coronavirus Vaccination- frequently asked questions


Question 1

The various vaccine have been developed too quickly – How can we be sure it is safe?  

  • The TGA has approved this vaccine after an in-depth and independent full assessment was undertaken
  • An unprecedented amount of resources and number of international researchers have been working towards the same clinical goal and have achieved this due to the devastating impact COVID-19 has had
  • The same number of trials and tests has been undertaken with COVID-19 vaccines as expected with any other new medicines. The vast number of trial participants in target groups has allowed this to happen more quickly than usual
  • Pharmaceutical companies invested in manufacturing early on, so there was no delay between completion of trials and safety testing and the roll-out  
  • Technology has evolved to be able to manufacture vaccines faster including sequencing the genetic code of the virus (Healthdirect 2020; NCIRS, 2020; Lewandowsky, et. al., 2021). 

Question 2

What are the possible side-effects of the vaccines? 

  • All vaccines can cause side-effects. Usually, only mild effects may be experienced which disappear quickly
  • Common side effects are reported to be very similar to those that you may experience with other vaccines. These are normal as your immune system is being activated. Examples include: 
    • Muscle soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site. 
    • Fever. 
    • General tiredness for a few days 
    • Headache (ATAGI, 2021b; Healthdirect, 2020,Lewandowsky, et. al., 2021; NCIRS, 2020).   
  • The risk of blood clots associated with the Astra Zeneca vaccine is rare.
  • For individuals aged over 50, the risk is 1 in 100, 000.
  • For individuals aged under 50, the risk is 4 in 100, 000 therefore it is recommended that this age group have the Pfizer vaccine.

Question 3

Can you get COVID-19 from the different vaccines and can the vaccines change your genetic code? 

  • No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contains live coronaviruses. Therefore, the virus is unable to replicate and grow to cause an infection (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2021). 
  • The mRNA genetic material in the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is cleared and the mRNA does not enter the human cell nucleus which is where our DNA is located and cannot alter your DNA or genetic make-up (CDC, 2021). 
  • The AstraZeneca recombinant, genetically modified vaccine cannot spread or multiply throughout the body. None of the active vaccine components enter the human cell nucleus and cannot alter your DNA or genetic make-up.
  • Receiving a vaccine will not result in a positive COVID-19 swab test. However, it is possible for a person to catch COVID-19 just before or after a vaccination and therefore return a positive test due to an active infection acquired before the vaccine was effective (CDC, 2021).
  • Following the AstraZeneca vaccine an antibody test for the spike protein of COVID-19 may be affected.
  • It is important to still get a COVID-19 test performed at your local testing centre if you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, even after you have been vaccinated. 

Question 4

Now that I have received the vaccine, do I still need to follow physical distancing and wear a mask when recommended? 

  • Yes, all COVID-19 safe preventative measures such as wearing masks, physical distancing and frequent hand washing should still be followed after receiving the vaccine .This is because the vaccine program will take a while to be rolled out and for the effect to be seen. If the vaccine program is effective and a large proportion of people are immunised then restrictions may be able to ease if herd immunity develops (NCIRS, 2020). 
  • Herd immunity is when enough people in a population are vaccinated and immune to prevent person to person transfer of a particular disease. Achieving this requires a large proportion of the population to be vaccinated and the vaccine to provide effective, long term protection. As we learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, we will learn if herd immunity can be achieved (NCIRS, 2020).

Question 5

Should I take paracetamol before and after the COVID-19 vaccination? 

  • Paracetamol are not recommended routinely before or after vaccination. There is currently no evidence on the benefit of painkillers for the prophylactic prevention of immunisation injection pain or systemic reactions following COVID-19 vaccination. Paracetamol can, however, be considered for the management of adverse events (e.g. pain or fever, respectively) if they occur after vaccination (ATAGI, 2021b).

Question 6

Can I get my influenza vaccine at the same time as my COVID-19 vaccine? 

  • It is not recommended that any other vaccines be given within 14 days before or after a COVID-19 vaccine. (Healthdirect, 2020; ATAGI, 2021b)

Question 7

Will the vaccines prevent COVID-19 infection or just severe symptoms? 

  • Vaccine developers are releasing announcements on the efficacy or effectiveness of vaccines in preventing COVID-19 symptoms and disease as soon as they are available. The results are very promising and indicate that the existing vaccines are statistically significantly effective (more than a coincidence) in preventing COVID-19 (NCIRS, 2020).
  • Data on the real-word effectiveness in preventing COVID-19 disease and symptoms and the duration of this protection will be gathered over the coming months and years (ATAGI, 2021b). It is difficult to give exact rates of efficacy as this depends on the population group receiving the vaccine such as their age and health status.
  • At this stage the vaccines have been shown to prevent severe COVID-19 disease, but it may still be possible to be infected with, and to transmit (spread) COVID-19 to other people.  For this reason, it is important to be tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even after you have been vaccinated.  

Exciting Opportunity for VR GP

Full Time or Part Time

Greenacres Surgery is seeking VR GPs to join our dedicated team of male and female doctors.

Our well established modern, fully accredited practice is GP owned with exceptional support staff and onsite pathology collection. We are offering full or part time positions with flexible days.

Essential requirements:
– Australian Citizen or permanent resident
Must have full AHPRA Registration as a General Practitioner
– Medical indemnity insurance.

For further information, please contact the Practice Manager Leigh Dryden.
All enquiries will be treated as strictly confidential.