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COVID-19 Vaccines

15/09/21

Pfizer Vaccine Clinics

Pfizer Vaccine Clinics for patients aged 12 to 59

Eastern Shore Doctors will be running Covid-19 Pfizer Vaccine Clinics for existing eligible patients aged 12-59 who would like to have their 1st and 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine. 

 

There are limits with flexibility for booking so patients will need to commit to booking their 1st and 2nd dose in the clinics offered at the available practices.  The practice is working under certain constraints due to the storage, handling and administration requirements for the Pfizer vaccine.

 

If the clinics become fully booked and you are unable to secure an appointment, please wait for the next clinics to open up.  Please be aware that there is no waiting list and we are opening clinics based on our Pfizer supply and the capacity to run these clinics whilst keeping appointments available for our general patients.

 

Our appointments will only be available to our existing patients.  If you are unable to secure an appointment and do not wish to wait for us to open another clinic, please explore other options at one of the other vaccine sites around Hobart.  If you are not a patient of Eastern Shore Doctors you will also need to book at an alternative site.  If you have had your 1st Pfizer dose, please book your 2nd dose with the same clinic, we will not be providing single doses of Pfizer due to the constraints of managing bookings and supply.

 

There continues to be no out-of-pocket expense for the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

How to book

We are taking online bookings only for Pfizer vaccines.  This will ensure you are supplied with all relevant information and receive the consent form.  You will need to complete your online consent from prior to your appointment. 

You must book your appointments using the HotDoc app or website and ensure you take note of the practice location of your booking.

We will not be taking bookings for the Pfizer vaccine over the phone.  This will allow our receptionists to continue to attend to the needs of our general patients. 

We kindly ask that you respect this process and use the online platform we are providing.

Click here to book online: https://www.hotdoc.com.au/medical-centres/bellerive-TAS-7018/eastern-sho...

 

What if I don't have a Medicare Card?

People who do not have a Medicare Card will need to attend a GP led Respiratory Clinic or a state vaccination clinic for their  free COVID-19 vaccine. Eastern Shore Doctors will not be providing vaccines for non-Medicare card holders.

 

Where can I access proof of vaccination?

Our clinical software automatically reports vaccinations to the AIR (Australian Immunisation Register).

Proof of vaccination will be available through:

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

 

If you are not sure about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, please book an appointment with your GP to discuss.  The appointments for the Pfizer vaccine are for receiving the vaccine only, please be considerate of the other patients waiting on the day and book a consultation with your GP if you would like to have a discussion.

 

 

 

2/08/2021 - At this point in time we are able to continue offering the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to patient of our practice aged 60 years and over. 

It is so important that we continue with these measures and that people are honest about their symptoms.

Reminders and useful information as we continue moving forward and working together to prevent the spread:

If you have been to a high-risk area during the listed dates, you must isolate immediately and call the Public Health Hotline on 1800671738 - The dates and locations can be found here: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/.../travel-alert...

If you have cold/flu like symptoms (this includes a cough) and would like a consultation with a doctor, please book a telephone consultation and do not come into the practice.

Even if you have had a negative COVID-19 test, by staying at home you are reducing the spread of these symptoms to other members of the community which decreases the number of COVID-19 tests and medical appointments needed across the healthcare system.

At this stage we are able to offer the AstraZeneca vaccine to our patients over the age of 60 years for the time being over the next couple of weeks.

If you are under 60 years of age and wish to be vaccinated please visit this link for booking information: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/.../Book-your-vaccine

 

 20/5/2021 - Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for people in Phase 2A at Rosny Park Bowls Club
The Department of Health, Tasmanian Vaccination Emergency Operations Centre has arranged a COVID-19 vaccination community clinic in Rosny for a period of 6 weeks commencing on 17th May. The purpose of this clinic is to offer AstraZeneca vaccinations to residents aged 50 and over living in Clarence and the surroundings areas.

This will be at the Rosny Park Bowls Club at 40 Bastick Street, Rosny.
The clinic will be open on:
Mondays from 10am - 7:30pm
Tuesdays from 10am - 5pm
Wednesdays from 10am-5pm

The clinic will deliver Dose 1 from 17/5 - 16/6 and then will return to administer Dose 2 from 9/8 - 8/9.

Please call the Public Health Hotline number to make a booking for this community clinic - 1800 671 738
 

3/5/2021 - Public Health have informed us that Phase 2A will commence from the 3rd of May. This means that all adults 50 years and over will be eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. ESD's vaccine supply from the government will not change. Therefore, the number of people the clinic can vaccinate each week will also remain unchanged.

ESD are utilising all vaccines supplied to the practice each week within the current (and continuing) vaccine clinic structure. The responsibility of the practice is to continue to vaccinate the most vulnerable patients as a priority. ESD has a large number of patients in Phase 1b remaining on the clinic waiting list that we will continue to work through before commencing the next phase.

We are now re-opening the COVID vaccine clinic waiting list for those in Phase 1b but we are advising that we do not have the capacity to add those in Phase 2A to a waiting list as yet. We estimate that with the current vaccine supply it will be approximately 6 months until we have the ability to vaccinate patients in the Phase 2A group, as we work through our Phase 1B patients.

Individuals in Phase 2A may wish to book in to a Respiratory Clinic or a Tasmanian Government Community Clinic by calling the COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080.

 

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: