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COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 1b Roll Out

Our Practices have been successful in getting approval to supply COVID-19 vaccines to our community from the first week of Phase 1b roll out.

Like many General Practices participating in the roll out, we will be receiving limited weekly quantities of the Astrazeneca COVID vaccine over the initial first 4 weeks, so we ask for your patience as we attempt to book all eligible patients in a reasonable way.

We will be administering COVID vaccines from the first week of the roll-out program beginning the week of the 22 March 2021. COVID vaccination appointments will be available pending the amounts of vaccines delivered which is controlled by the Government.

Eligibility

To find out if you are eligible for the 1b COVID vaccine roll out, please check the online Eligibility Checker.
Phase 1b priority population groups include:
  • People 70 years of age or older
  • Health care workers (not vaccinated in 1a roll out)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55 years
  • Younger people with an underlying medical condition, including people with a disability; (please use the eligibility checker for clarification on medical conditions within this category)
  • Critical and high-risk workers, including Australian Government officials about to be deployed overseas, defence, police, emergency services and meat processing

COVID Vaccine Waiting List

As the volume of vaccines will be limited in the initial weeks, we want to make sure our patients don’t miss out or feel like they need to phone the practice regularly in attempt to secure a vaccine. To help manage this, we have established a COVID Vaccine waiting list.

When stock is delivered to the Practices, the vaccines will be allocated to those on the waiting lists. These patients will be sent an SMS message to advise that their vaccine has arrived and they will have 48 hours to notify the practice that they would like the vaccine or would like to wait.

Check out this short  video for instructions on how to register for the waiting list – CLICK HERE 

 

COVID Vaccine Appointments

Patients will only be able to receive the COVID vaccine during the COVID Vaccine Clinics and not via standard appointments. This is due to the vaccine coming in multi dose vials and having a very short shelf life once the vial is opened.  Please do not make an on line booking in a standard appointment as we will be unable to provide you with the vaccine.

A specific booking link is available on our  website or via the AMS Connect App (Automed) for our COVID Vaccine Clinics. If we do not have stock at the time of your booking, you will be invited to join our COVID Vaccine Waiting list.

COVID vaccine appointment will be bulk billed.

 

Is the COVID Vaccine right for me?

COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary.  As with any vaccination, it is important to you understand the vaccine, the risks and benefits. To start your decision-making process please ensure you research information from reliable sources such as Government websites.

If you have any concerns or questions about the vaccine, please make an appointment with your regular GP to discuss whether the vaccine is right for you. Telehealth consults or face to face consults would be suitable for this.

When you book your COVID Vaccine Clinic appointment, you will be sent an online consent form to complete.  Alternatively you can download the Australian Government COVID Vaccination Form for your information – CLICK HERE