Preparing for a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Appointment

IMPORTANT NOTE!!!!

We are not currently seeing patients from other Medical Centre’s or patients who have not attended the Practice here in the last 2 years – please be patient… these COVID Vaccine appointments are coming!!!

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREPARE: You must have a current Health Summary including medications, allergies and immunisation status from your GP, plus a valid Medicare card before booking.

HOW TO BOOK ONLINE:

COVID-19 Vaccine Online Eligibility Checker -> click here  – If eligible, follow the prompts to book online….

If clinics are full or not available to book online, there are things you can do now to get ready: (Please make sure you check back daily for clinic availability) 

Make sure your details are correct

Make sure your details are up to date with Medicare. You can do this using either your:
Medicare online account through myGov
• the Express Plus Medicare app.
calling the Medicare program

Getting ready for your appointment

There is a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines in Australia and globally. This means, people who have the highest risk of severe COVID-19 and/or exposure to the virus will receive the vaccine first. Other people will receive vaccine over time.

Find out who will be prioritised for vaccination by visiting www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines.

You should NOT attend a COVID-19 vaccination appointment if you:

• Have any questions, queries or need information regarding the Vaccine – YOU NEED TO BOOK A CONSULT OR TELEHEALTH CONSULT WITH YOUR GP FIRST.
• Do not have a Phase 1B Declaration Form from your employer
• Are unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19.
• Are awaiting COVID-19 test results.
• Have tested positive with COVID-19 and you are in isolation.
• Are in quarantine.
• Are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

What to expect at your vaccination appointment

You should bring the following to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment:
• Photo ID
• Medicare card
• Employee ID, if you are getting a COVID-19 vaccine because of your occupation.
• Information about any of your medical conditions, allergies, bleeding disorders or immunocompromise (i.e. weakened immune system),
• Information about any medications you are taking.
• Information about any previous COVID-19 vaccine received (vaccine brand and date of vaccination).
• Information about any reactions you have had to any vaccine in the past.

Tell your immunisation provider if you have any medical conditions or if you are taking any medications. Especially make sure to tell them if you:
• Have had anaphylaxis (a type of severe allergic reaction) to any substance, or if you have an adrenaline autoinjector (e.g. EpiPen).
• Have had a reaction to any vaccine in the past.
• Have a bleeding disorder or are receiving anticoagulant therapy (a blood thinner).
• Are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy.
• Are immunocompromised (i.e. have a weakened immune system or take immune suppressing medication).
• Have received another COVID-19 vaccine (and which brand) in the last 14 days.

How you will receive the vaccine

You will receive the vaccine as an injection, most commonly into your upper arm muscle. You must remain in the vaccination clinic for observation for at least 15 minutes after vaccination. Depending on your medical history, you may be asked to wait in the clinic for 30 minutes.

Once you’ve had your vaccine, you’ll be able to get an immunisation history statement to prove your vaccination status. You can find out how to get your immunisation history statement on the Services Australia website.

How is the information you provide at your appointment used

For information on how your personal details are collected, stored and used visit https://www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines

 

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