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Covid-19 Vaccination

This page was last updated on 19/07/2021 at 8:10pm AEST

Kirrawee Family Medical Practice is a vaccination site for the Covid-19 vaccination roll out strategy. 

If you are eligible, you can book your vaccine by booking online. This is currently the only way to schedule an appointment.

Please note these vaccines initially will be in very limited supply and those at highest risk will be vaccinated first. Trust that we will be endeavouring to vaccinate you as soon as supply allows.

Please do not call the practice to ask for a vaccination. Bookings will only be made online.

Please note: If you are more than 60 minutes late for your vaccination appointment your dose will not be held and may be given to another patient.

Can I choose which vaccine I get?

No 

 

KFMP have been advised that we will be vaccinating with both the Astra Zeneca vaccine (currently available) and the Pfizer vaccine (as of mid July).

However, the eligibility criteria determining who can have which vaccine is determined by the Department of Health and we must follow their guidelines.

If you have had your first Astra Zeneca vaccine, you are strongly encouraged to have your second vaccine.

 

If you have been advised by your GP or other medical specialist that you should have the Pfizer vaccine, and are over the age of 60, or currently not eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, we will unfortunately be unable to vaccinate you at KFMP with Pfizer. We suggest you book through your local respiratory clinic or the Homebush clinic.

 

Should I have the Covid-19 and influenza vaccine at the same time?

No

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have recommended against it:

  • We don't know if this is safe

  • We are unsure if this will affect the immune response to each vaccine

  • If side effects occur, we won't know which vaccine was responsible for which side effect

  • A gap of at least 7 days has been recommended

More information is available here 

 

How much will the vaccine cost?

As per the Australian Government, the vaccination, and the appointment to administer the vaccine is bulk billed. 

KFMP is a private billing practice, for any other appointments, please see the fees section of our website.  

 

I'm pregnant or breast feeding, should I have the vaccine?

RANZCOG (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation)  recommend that pregnant women who are eligible for vaccination are routinely offered Pfizer mRNA vaccine (Cominarty) at any stage of pregnancy. This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby. 


A shared decision making guide is available here

 

Joint statement between RANZCOG and ATAGI about COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women – 9 June - here

 

When will I be able to get a vaccine?

​KFMP are now vaccinating patients in priority groups 1a/1b and 2a.

Which means if you are:

  • Aged 16-39, if phase 1A or 1B

  • All adults aged 40 and above.

  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 and over

  • NDIS participants aged 16 years and over, and carers of NDIS participants of any age.

Then you can schedule your vaccination online, and attend the next suitable appointment.

 

If you are 16 to 39 and do not meet the above criteria

  • you are in category 2b, and we anticipate that you may be offered a vaccine a the end of the second half of 2021.

If you are under 16

  • you are in category 3, perhaps you won’t be immunised. We don’t know yet if this would be helpful, so will have to see what the science says in the months and years ahead.

 
 

Are the vaccines safe?

All the evidence so far is that they are very safe. Australia is in the fortunate position of not having high numbers of people getting sick, our hospitals are not overwhelmed and we have been able to wait a little and see what is happening with the international roll out of the vaccines. As of March 6, 2021, 292 Million vaccines have been given around the world (Source) and with such high numbers, even rare side effects will emerge.

The ABC are tracking the number of vaccines given in Australia, so if you want to check where we are up to, click here

So far, so good. Yes, we have to be aware of severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis (11.1 cases per 1 000 000 vaccinations). The TGA have reviewed concerns about giving the vaccine to frail elderly people, and they are confident it is safe. So no, there is nothing emerging from the millions of doses given that makes us think they are dangerous. 

FAQs from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS). For information from the Australian Academy of Science, click here
If you have had your vaccine and have side effects, you can track your symptoms and get good, practical advice here

Author: Dr Rebekah Hoffman

Sourced from GP-can.com.au, Local PHN and NSW Health.