COVID-19 VACCINATION

Our practice is running COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the evenings for adults with a GP and during the day for children aged 5 – 11 with our nurse.  We administer the recommended Pfizer vaccine during these sessions.  It comes from a multi-dose vial which has very limited shelf life once drawn up so we need your co-operation to ensure we don’t waste any doses.

Please find this link for currently government eligibility: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking/

 

Children aged 5 – 11 years:

  • Your child will require 2 doses 8 weeks apart.
  • Nurse led clinics are run during the day at specific times and are good for children who have little or no issues getting vaccinated.
  • Each vaccination clinic has 10 children booked, and we require all children to be co-operative as we have limited time.
  • If your child has needle stress then we recommend you attend the local vaccination hubs as they are set up specifically to cater for your child with fantastic government resources.
  • There are resources online to help you set your child up for success.  Click on this link for useful information about how to plan for your child’s vaccination or to book into a hub: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-information-children-and-teenagers
  • We have received limited doses and are trialing clinics starting 12/1/2022.  Please contact our clinic to add your child’s name to our list. 

 

Adults and Adolescent people aged 12 years and over:

  • All patients 12+ are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. Most vaccines are being administered in our evening vaccination clinics at Langrigg Ave. 
  • If you are needle phobic, anxious, tend to faint or anaphylactic (to anything), please call and make an appointment with one of our nursing staff. If you wish to book an Astra Zeneca vaccination, please call our clinic to make an appointment.
  • If you are 18 or over and it has been >5 months since your second dose, you will be eligible for a booster, which will generally be a Pfizer vaccine. See below re booking.
  • If you are immune supressed, please talk to your GP regarding the timing of your 3rd and 4th vaccine doses.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR COVID 19 (Pfizer) VACCINATION ONLINE

  1. Click on Book an appointment and choose the LANGRIGG SITE
  2. You will be asked to enter your details, consent to receiving SMS messages, and select existing
  3. This takes you to the appointment booking site where you will need to select your appointment type from the drop-down menu.
  4. Please select appointment type Pfizer – dose 1, 2 or booster.
  5. You will be required to complete your consent to have your first Pfizer vaccination.
  6. If there are no issues with your consent, you will be given the opportunity to book your appointment for 1st and 2nd dose online.  If no appointments are available, you will be put on a waiting list for your vaccine. We will contact you once appointments are available.

Important to please note:     

  • If you have any serious allergies and particularly anaphylaxis or have been prescribed an adrenaline autoinjector (EpiPen), you will need to make an appointment with your doctor.
  • You cannot have the COVID-19 vaccine if you are unwell on the day.
  • You cannot have the COVID-19 vaccine within 2 weeks of any other vaccination, infusion or transfusion.

We want to vaccinate our community as quickly as possible.  To do this safely, we need to work together and we will ask you to please be considerate of the following:

  • Patients of our clinic who attend for booster dose will be consented verbally.  If you would like to discuss your personal situation then you are invited to make an appointment with your doctor.
  • You will need to wear a mask and loose clothing, something under your coat that can be slipped up to reveal your upper arm easily so that the doctor can administer the vaccine efficiently and in view of others.

Our doctors are all confident the vaccines are safe and will provide great protection against the COVID virus.

We will continue to use this website to keep you informed and we will send you SMS messages to notify you once plans are in place.  We know we will have to administer 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination to be fully vaccinated.

To prepare:

  • You can download our appointment app
  • Start your decision making process by researching information from reliable sources. Alternatively, please make an appointment with your doctor to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about your specific circumstances prior to booking your vaccine appointment.

The following link is a useful explanation about vaccines:
https://www.health.gov.au/resources/videos/covid-19-vaccination-how-vaccines-work-auslan

The ABC has a useful podcast called Coronacast with Teagan Taylor and Dr Norman Swan – a brief daily discussion around issues connected to the pandemic.  You can find this via the ABC Listen app.