COVID AND FLUVAX VACCINATION INFORMATION

By March 18, 2021June 29th, 2021covid, vaccination

COVID VACCINE INFORMATION

All current information will be updated on this page.  Please read all information on this page before calling us.

Please call us if you want either the Covid Vax or Fluvax, we are having vaccination clinics every day.

Currently we have stock of AstraZeneca. Its perfectly safe for people over 60 and we encourage all eligible patients to have the jab, so life can get back to normal sooner. anyone under the age of 40 can now approach their GP and request the AstraZeneca vaccine.

( Fluvax is Free for age over 65, children under 5, and for anyone with a chronic condition eg diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, pregnancy, immunosuppression, cancer etc  )

Note: Notification of Vaccination is sent to the Immunisation Register but may take 2 weeks to be registered. It can be viewed via your MyGov account, or Medicare Plus  app.

Patients are advised to check eligibility criteria and vaccine information ( below ).  People wanting the vaccine injection can then book for the vaccine clinic   OR if patients have questions they must book an appointment with the doctor before booking for the vaccination injection. This can be a telephone appointment.  Staff are not permitted to give medical advice.

Patients wanting both Fluvax and Covid Vaccine should note that the Covid vaccine is given first and then the Fluvax can be given later after 7 days  have elapsed.

UPDATE FROM ATAGI:

People who have had the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca without any serious adverse effects can be given the second dose, including adults under 50 years.

Thrombosis remains an extremely rare event among vaccine recipients. Experience in Europe has shown approximately 4 – 6 people in every one million people. The current  recommendations for people over 50 with a history of blood clots  is they can still get the vaccine.

It is recommended to give preference for the use of the Pfizer vaccine in adults aged under 50 years. anyone under the age of 40 can now approach their GP and request the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The AstraZeneca vaccine can be used in adults aged under 50 where the benefits clearly outweigh the risk for that individual and the person has made an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits. If patient understands the risk and the pfizer vaccine is not available they have the option to choose the AstraZenca vaccine. Risks of AstraZeneca can be seen here: https://www.doctorbulkbill.com.au/az-risk-of-dying/

Under Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccination program, priority population groups include:
– people 60 years of age or older;
– other health care workers;
– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 55 years or older;
– people with an underlying medical condition , including people with a disability ( see eligibility checker below ); and
– critical and high risk workers.
 It is a further requirement that an eligible patient be a person aged 18 years or older who is eligible for Medicare.

Proof of eligibility

Individuals  can use the COVID19 vaccine eligibility checker ( click the link ) to see if an individual is
eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Those wanting to make a booking at vaccinations centres for Pfizer can register at :  :https://www.vaccinebookings.health.qld.gov.au/registerforvaccination/

Prior to having the Vaccine you should read this : Covid Vaccine Checklist

ASTRAZENECA  VACCINE INFORMATION

  1. You may experience side effects after vaccination. Common side effects reported after vaccination  in people aged 18 + include:

  • pain at the injection site

  • tiredness

  • headache

  • muscle pain

  • chills

  • joint pain

  • fever

If you experience side effects, you can take paracetamol to reduce these symptoms. These symptoms may include:

  • pain at the injection site

  • headache

  • muscle pain

  • joint pain

  • chills.

QUESTIONAIRRE PRIOR TO HAVING THE VACCINATION – inform our staff of:

Contraindications

Anaphylaxis to a previous dose of the vaccine being given

Anaphylaxis to a component of the vaccine being given ( see below )

Precautions

Acute illness, e.g. fever ≥38.5

Bleeding disorder or receipt of anticoagulant therapy

Suspected immediate generalised allergic reaction to a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Generalised allergic reaction to any component of the COVID-19 vaccine to be administered

Prior anaphylaxis to other vaccines or to medications (injectable or oral) where polyethylene glycol or polysorbate 80 could conceivably be the cause

Special circumstances warranting discussion before vaccination

Pregnancy

Immunocompromise

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:

if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that

could be from COVID-19

if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19

if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or

If you have had another vaccine, for example the influenza vaccination, in the 14 days

before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Please let us know as we may need to

reschedule your appointment.

AFTER VACCINATION

patients will need to wait 15  minutes prior to leaving, and notify of any adverse reaction.

All vaccinations will be recorded on the Australian Immunisation register and our clinical records.

Your Vaccination records can be seen online using your MYGOV account,  Register here :  https://my.gov.au/EnrolService/enrolService.htm?_flowId=mgv2-enrolment-mg-flow&_flowExecutionKey=e2s1

or download the Express Plus Medicare app at:  https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/express-plus-medicare-mobile-app

the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine:  In February 2021, the company was working to adapt the vaccine to target the variants, with the expectation that a modified vaccine would be available “in a few months” as a “booster” given to people who had already completed the two-dose series of the original vaccine.

The vaccine remains a key component of the WHO backed COVAX program, with the WHO, the EMA, and the MHRA continuing to state that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh any possible side effects.

A Public Health England study found in May that two doses of AstraZeneca OR Pfizer were 66 –  88% effective against the  Indian coronavirus strain, or variant B617.

AstraZeneca can be given to anyone with:

  • People with a past history of venous thromboembolism in typical sites, such as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
  • People with a predisposition to form blood clots, such as those with Factor V Leiden, or other non-immune thrombophilic disorders
  • People with a family history of clots or clotting conditions
  • People currently receiving anticoagulant medications
  • People with a history of ischaemic heart disease or cerebrovascular accident
  • People with a current or past history of thrombocytopenia.

Pfizer is preferred for anyone with:

  • A past history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST)
  • A past history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)
  • A past history of idiopathic splanchnic (mesenteric, portal and splenic) venous thrombosis
  • Anti-phospholipid syndrome with thrombosis

COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca Ingredients:  contains the excipients histidine, histidine hydrochloride
monohydrate, sodium chloride, magnesium chloride hexahydrate, disodium edetate (EDTA),
sucrose, ethanol absolute, polysorbate 80 and water for injections.
COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca does not contain any preservatives and the vial stopper is not
made with natural rubber latex.