Summerdale Medical Practice is pleased to advise it has been selected in the first group of General Practice sites in Australia to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in phase 1b of the National COVID-19 vaccination rollout (starting from 22nd March 2021).
Initial government supplies of the vaccine allocated to the selected practices are quite small and restricted and are targeted to those at most risk according to government criteria. As Australian production increases the government will expand the eligibility for the vaccine and will advise our Practice which additional groups we will be permitted to vaccinate.
The initial arrangements take into account how best to manage the small supplies of vaccines. As supplies increase we hope to adjust our booking process.
If you meet at least one of the eligibility criteria listed below please obtain a COVID-19 consent form by either downloading the form using the link https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-consent-form-for-covid-19-vaccination or collecting a form from reception. We then ask you to return the completed form to reception and we will add your name to our waiting list for the vaccine. We will contact you when your COVID-19 vaccine arrives. Please write your best contact phone number on the consent form. DO NOT RING THE SURGERY TO BOOK A TIME FOR THE VACCINATION. WE WILL CONTACT YOU WITH AN APPOINTMENT TIME.
It is important we keep our already busy phone lines free for medical problems.
If you have any concerns in relation to the vaccination please book an appointment for discussion with one of our doctors. It is important to note the rollout is a 6 month programme and it may be sometime before your turn comes.
Eligibility Criteria (Phase 1b)
To be eligible now (in phase 1b) you must be in at least one of the following categories:
1) Aged 70 years or over
2) Health care workers (includes medical and nursing students, employed carers, health facility office staff and health facility cleaners)
3) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 55 years
4) Specific medical conditions – see below*
5) Critical and high risk workers (defence, police, fire and emergency staff)
As with any vaccination you will be asked to wait for 15 minutes afterwards to ensure there are no adverse reactions and for 30 minutes if you have a history of severe allergies (anaphylaxis). The vaccine and the administration is fully funded by the government and there will be no out of pocket expense provided you have a valid Medicare card. If you do not have a Medicare card please call reception for advice about the alternative arrangements.
The vaccines will be administered by our doctors and nurses in the Baptist Hall across the road from the surgery. We ask that you attend as close as possible to your allocated time to ensure the smooth running of the COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Please let us know if you are unwell or have a temperature over 38’C on the day and need to defer your appointment.
*The specific medical conditions (as determined by the government) which would qualify you for this phase (1b) of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout include:
Cancers not in remission
Undergoing Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy
Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic Lung Disease (but not including mild or moderate asthma)
Overweight BMI >40
Chronic Liver Disease
Hypertension being treated with 2 or more medications
Information about our 2021 influenza vaccination programme will be advised once the national Chief Medical Officer determines the official commencement date. It is recommended that no other vaccine should be administered within 2 weeks of any of the COVID-19 vaccines so those currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine should delay their influenza vaccine until 2 weeks after having their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The second (booster) dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is 12 weeks after the first dose leaving plenty of time for you to have your annual influenza vaccine in between.
The second phase of the Covid vaccination roll out will make the vaccine available to at risk patients who fit within a specific criteria such as people over 70 or with chronic disease. Please use the following link to see if you could be eligible to receive your vaccination in the second roll out.
Do you know someone who is struggling with their hearing? Hearing assessments, good advice and well-priced hearing aids are now available at Summerdale Medical Practice. Tamar Hearing offers free services for pensioners and DVA clients. Free brief hearing checks for all! The audiologist is fully accredited to provide services to those registered with NDIS. She also offers a Hearing Aid Bank for anyone that does not obtain government funding and are unable to afford hearing aids. Please call Sarah on 0498 652 127 for an appointment.
Details about receiving any of the COVID-19 vaccines are yet to be finalised or released. The Federal Government is in the process of ensuring every adult Australian will be offered free COVID vaccines in the coming year. At risk groups will be targeted initially and the vaccine release and availability will be controlled totally by the Federal Government. The usual annual influenza vaccine will also be offered and is recommended but will have to be spaced a fortnight before or after a COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, the COVID-19 vaccine requires a booster between 3 weeks and 3 months after the initial administration.