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COVID-19 Vaccines

9/4/2021 - Following the advice from the Tasmanian government, we will not be administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to patients aged under 50 years old.  We are contacting the people in this age bracket who were already booked into our Covid Vaccine Clinics.  We await advice on how people can book in for a Pfizer vaccine.  If you are under 50 years old and have already had your first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine without serious adverse events, it is safe to continue with your 2nd dose.  Thank you for your patiences as we make these adjustments!

More information can be found here: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/vaccination-information/covid-19-vaccinat...

 

24/03/2021 - Please note we have temporarily closed our waiting list due to overwhelming demand - we will open the list again once we know of upcoming supplies and have more vaccine clinics arranged.

 

Eastern Shore Doctors have been approved as a Phase 1b vaccination practice and will be providing Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccines from March 27th 2021.

All Doctors and Nurses involved in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines have completed the COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program.

 

The Australian Department of Health has announced a staged roll-out, including staggering the commencement of vaccinations in Phase 1b.

Eastern Shore Doctors is scheduled to commence vaccinating from Week 1of the Phase 1b rollout, with our first COVID-19 Vaccine clinic scheduled for Saturday March 27th.

Initially, we will receive a small number of doses (starting with 80 in week 1) of the vaccine per week based on what we have been allocated. We expect to receive more doses per week as vaccine supply increases and hope to take increased bookings once we have confirmed supplies.  Patients need to receive 2 doses of the vaccine at least 12 weeks apart.

We are beginning with dedicated vaccination clinics on Saturday mornings and will increase to include Saturday afternoons also once our supplies increase.  Due to the requirements for storage and handling thes vaccines we are not able to administer the vaccination during our normal General Practice clinics.  

Priority population groups have been identified using public health, medical and epidemiological advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). This advice is consistent with the World Health Organisation. Priority groups include people that would be at higher risk of serious illness if they contracted COVID-19, and those most likely to be exposed to it.

 

Phase 1b priority population groups include:

  • people aged 70 years and over
  • health care workers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults aged over 55
  • younger people with underlying medical conditions, including people with a disability
  • critical and high risk workers, including goverment officials about to be deployed overseas on official government business.

You do need a Medicare Card in order to have a COVID-19 vaccine at Eastern Shore Doctors.  If you do not have a Medicare Card can still receive a free COVID-19 vaccine, however you will need to attend a GP led Respiratory Clinic or a state vaccination clinic.

 

Before you call to book for a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Please ensure that you are eligible in the Phase 1b priority group by checking you meet the criteria above OR by visiting: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility
  • You will be asked to book in for your 1st and 2nd dose when you call, please be prepared to consider you availability in at least 12 weeks time for your 2nd appointment.
  • You cannot have any other vaccinations within 14 days of the Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If you have specific concerns that can't be answered with the resources provided below, please book in for a discussion with your regular GP.

You can book by phoning the surgery on 6282 1333.  

If we do not have an appointment available in an arranged COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic when you call, we will add you to a waitlist and you will be contacted when more Vaccine Clinics are created.

 

What is the cost?

The vaccine is government funded, so there will be no out-of-pocket expenses for having your COVID-19 vaccines.  

There are new temporary Medicare item numbers that will be bulk-billed for each Covid-19 vaccine dose administered.

 

How will my COVID-19 vaccination be recorded?

Your vaccination will be recorded to the Australian Immunisation Register within 48 hours of receiving it.

Proof of vaccination will be available through:

  • Medicare Online account
  • Medicare Express Plus app
  • myGov
  • My Health Record

You can also request a printout of your immunisation history at an appointment with one of our General Practitioners or Practice Nurses.

 

We will continue to update this page with more information about the vaccine and our vaccine clinics as it becomes available to us.  And we encourage you to follow us on Facebook for updates also.

 

Resources

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Survellance is a useful source of information, including Frequently Asked Questions here: https://www.ncirs.org.au/public/covid-19-vaccines

The COVID-19 eligibility checker is available here: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

 

Please see the below PDF documents for information regarding Preparing for, Consenting to and After your COVID-19 Vaccination at Eastern Shore Doctors: