Important information about COVID vaccine - please read carefully
The COVID19 vaccine AstraZeneca is available for anyone aged 60 years or above at this clinic.
(Note: We do not stock Pfizer - if you need Pfizer please visit this link)
Due to congested phone lines, please use online booking where possible.
Prior to booking please read the following information, and complete an online consent form
Please note: your vaccination appointment will be deemed invalid / cancelled if we don't have a completed consent form.
Additional requirements for new patients to the clinic requiring COVID vaccination
About COVID19 vaccine AstraZeneca
The COVID vaccine is free and the vaccination service will be bulk-billed for all eligible patients with a medicare card. (Please note: if you are eligible but do not have a medicare card you cannot be vaccinated at this clinic. You'll need to attend a Respiratory Clinic or state vaccination clinic to get vaccinated)
The vaccine is given as 2 doses, 12 weeks apart. The vaccine cannot be given within 14 days of another vaccine (including the flu vaccine). The vaccine is effective. It reduces the risk of infection by ~70%, and ICU admission and death by up to 100%. In terms of safety, mild side effects including fatigue, headache, nausea, chills, muscle and joint aches are very common and should start to improve within the course of 1 to 2 days after vaccination. Severe side effects such as anaphylaxis are extremely rare, occurring at a rate of 1 patient per 100,000.
Another rare severe side effect is Thromobosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). According to current Australian data, the condition occurs at a rate of 2-3 cases per 100,000 vaccinations. Higher risk groups, who are therefore not recommended for COVID vaccine AstraZeneca, include:
1) patients under 60 years of age
2) patients with history of CVST (Central venous sinus thrombosis)
3) patients with history of HIT (herparin induced thrombocytopenia)
4) patients with history of antiphospholipid syndrome with thrombosis
5) patients with history of splanchnic venous thrombosis
More information about COVID19 vaccine AstraZeneca may be found here.
If you have any concerns or feel uncertain about having the vaccine please ensure to discuss this with your regular GP or one of the GPs here, prior to consenting and booking for vaccination.
GPs in this medical Centre serve Blackburn, Box Hill, Surrey Hills, Forest Hill, Nunawading, Vermont, and Burwood
In order to reduce risks, we request that all patients wait in the car park where possible. When you arrive at the car park, please call 98771200 to check into our system. Then please wait in your car until we call you.
Please note that it's our policy that everyone (including children, but excluding infants) must wear face masks inside the clinic. You will not be allowed entry if you do not have a face mask on.
When you arrive inside the clinic, please check your temperature at the temperature self check counter and sanitize your hands.
If you have an infection, please do not come in for face to face onsult. Please book a telehealth appointment* instead.
Please note, to qualify for medicare rebates for telehealth consult, you will need to have seen a doctor here face to face within the last 12 months.
Private fees applies to all non-concessional telehealth consults. For more details on fees please refer to https://www.sheehansmc.com.au/fees.html
Telehealth consultation can be conducted via telephone or video. For video consult, you will need a smart phone or tablet or laptop with internet connection. You will also need an internet browser (Chrome or Safari). Please have this set up prior to commencement of the consult.
Please note: There are many medical problems which cannot be fully addressed via telehealth. In these cases, the doctor will do as much as possible via telehealth, and then ask you to come to the clinic, either on the same day, or on a separate day, to complete the assessment and management of your issues.
As a general practice, we have been serving the Blackburn, Blackburn South community for many years. Through local knowledge, genuine interest and engagement with our patients, we have earned good word of mouth over the years, as a medical centre of excellence in this area.
Our medical centre is accreditated by AGPAL, to the absolute highest standard. Our doctors are locally trained, vocationally registered GPs and fellows of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP). We regularly undertake continual medical education to ensure the delivery of best quality care.
We offer the full spectrum of health services. We are totally committed to serving your needs. We listen to you with attention and interest. We contemplate and investigate your issues with rigour and determination. We want to solve your problems. We take our responsibilities very seriously. Your wellness, and your health is very important to us.