Important information about COVID vaccine -please read carefully

There are 2 types of COVID vaccines offered at this clinic

The AstraZeneca vaccine is available for anyone aged 60 years or above.

The Pfizer vaccine is available for the 12 to 59 years age group.

Due to congested phone lines, please use online booking where possible.  If you cannot find a suitable vaccine appointment here please try to search for alternative venues here or here

Prior to booking please read the following information, and complete an online consent form

 

Additional requirements for new patients to the clinic requiring COVID vaccination

1) A letter of approval from your regular GP stating that you are medically suitable to be given the COVID19 vaccine.
2) A health summary from your GP, listing all your current and past medical conditions, medications and allergies. 
These documents need to be made available to the clinic before we can offer you a vaccine appointment
If the above documents are not available (eg. if you don't have a regular GP) then you must make a face to face appointment with one of our GPs here to discuss if you are medically suitable for vaccination, prior to booking a COVID vaccine appointment.  This consult will be bulk billed.

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 

COVID policy

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.

Telehealth

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 our fees page.

 

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.