Australia’s COVID-19 vaccines will become available in phases. Learn about priority groups and who will receive the first doses of the vaccine.

Whether you are in a priority group or not, the best thing you can do is stay up to date and continue to be COVID Safe.

The Australian Government will provide further information about how vaccines will roll out over the coming months.

For the most up to date information on COVID19 Vaccination please click on the link below.

 

Booking your Pfizer Vaccination at our practice:

Patient and non-patient bookings for the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine for people between the ages of  12-59 are now available to be booked on line.

Both Pfizer and Astrazeneca bookings are strictly for vaccine suitability and vaccination purpose only.  Any other concerns or request outside of the Pfizer Vaccine you must book a separate appointment on a separate day.

As with any vaccine, you may have some side effects after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Common side effects after COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • pain, swelling, tenderness, redness or itching at the injection site
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • nausea
  • chills
  • fever
  • feeling unwell
  • joint pain.

 

Less common side effects after COVID-19:

  • enlarged lymph nodes
  • pain in limb
  • dizziness
  • decreased appetite
  • stomach pain
  • Redness/itching at injection site
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia

 

These side effects are usually mild and usually go away within one or two days. If you experience pain at the injection site or fever, headaches or body aches after vaccination, you can take paracetamol or ibuprofen. These help to reduce some of the above symptoms. You do not need to take paracetamol or ibuprofen before vaccination. If there is swelling at the injection site, you can use a cold compress.

 

Rare side effects that have been reported after COVID-19 Vaccine: 

  • Severe Allergic Reaction (anaphylaxis).

 

You should seek medical attention after COVID-19 Vaccine if:

  • you think you are having an allergic reaction. Call 000 if you experience severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, a fast heartbeat or collapsing
  • you are worried about a potential side effect or have new or unexpected symptoms
  • you have an expected side effect of the vaccine which has not gone away after a few days .For symptoms which are not urgent, you can see your regular healthcare provider (usually your GP).

 

For symptoms which are not urgent, you can see your regular healthcare provider (usually your GP).

 

COVID-19 testing after vaccination

Some side effects from COVID-19 vaccination might be similar to symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever). However, COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca does not contain any live SARS-CoV-2 virus and cannot cause COVID-19. You may not need to get a COVID-19 test or isolate:

  • if you develop general symptoms like fever, headache or tiredness in the first two days after vaccination, and
  • if you are sure that you don’t have any respiratory symptoms (e.g. runny nose, cough, sore throat, loss of smell or loss of taste).

However, you should check the current guidelines in your state/territory for the most up-to-date information. This advice may change in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in your local area. You may still need to get a COVID-19 test if you meet other criteria, for example if you are a close contact of a known COVID-19 case. If in doubt, seek medical assessment.

 

Remember your second appointment

It is important that you receive two doses of COVID-19 Vaccine. The second dose is likely to prolong the duration of protection against COVID-19.

  • AstraZeneca, about 4 – 8 weeks apart.
  • Pfizer about 3 – 6 weeks apart


How is the information you provide at your appointment used

For information on how your personal details are collected, stored and used visit https://www.health.gov.au/using-our-websites/privacy/privacy-notice-for-covid-19-vaccinations