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Covid-19 Vaccination

This page was last updated on 04/11/2021 at 9pm 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.

 

If you cannot attend your booking, please cancel it.

Boosters are now available in line with the NSW Health vaccine program. 

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.

Vaccines for children (5-11 years)

Vaccine booking for children aged 5-11 are now open.

 

Please book online

Initially, there is very limited stock arriving, so please be patient with us as we get started.  

There are some excellent resources available, answering lots of commonly asked questions, if you have any concerns, please see the below recommended resources, or speck with your GP. 

On the day of the vaccine you will be provided with this handout with more information on the vaccine, and anticipated side effects; it is here if you would like to read it before the appointment: Consent/ more information

Vaccines for children (5-11 years)
 

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 can I get a booster?

​Do I need a. booster?

A booster dose strengthens your immune system and helps to maintain a high level of protection against serious illness from the COVID-19 virus.

When should I get a booster?

Boosters are now available at KFMP in line with the NSW Health and ATAGI guidelines. 

The recommendations are rapidly changing. Currently we are recommending a booster 4-5 months after the second dose of your COVID Vaccine. 

How do I book?

Online here

Please be aware more appointments will be opened up as stock is delivered.

 
 

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.