COVID-19 VACCINE

COVID-19 Booster Doses

Booster doses will continue to protect you, your family, and your community against COVID-19.

If you are 18 years of age and older, it is recommended that you get a booster dose at least six months after your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines are free to everyone in Australia. This includes booster doses.

For more information visit www.australia.gov.au or call 1800 020 080.

APPOINTMENTS

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Everyone aged 12 and over can now receive a COVID vaccine.

Vaccination against COVID-19 protects you, and it also protects your family, friends and wider community.

Everyone aged 12 and over can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine. There are lots of reasons for young people to get vaccinated, including:

  • protecting you from catching COVID-19
  • reducing your risk of severe disease, long-term side effects or long COVID
  • helping you get back to school, college or university
  • reconnecting you with your family and friends
  • getting you back to doing the things you love, like team sports, going to concerts, travel.

It is important that you get two doses of the vaccine as the second dose is likely to prolong the protection against COVID-19.

With the easing of restrictions, we know Australians will need to access proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations.

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PEOPLE WHO ARE IMMUNOCOMPROMISED

ATAGI recommends a 3rd primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in immunocompromised patients as part of their primary COVID-19 vaccination course

The 3rd primary dose vaccine can be administered 2-6 months after your second dose

PLAN AHEAD FOR TWO DOSES

It is important that you receive two doses of your COVID-19 vaccine. Full protection against COVID-19 will not occur until about a week after your second dose.

PREPARING FOR YOUR VACCINE

Before your vaccination appointment, you should make sure your details are up to date with Medicare. If you don’t have your account set up, you can:

• enrol in Medicare, if you’re not already enrolled.

• set up your Medicare online account if you’re enrolled in Medicare, but don’t have Medicare linked to myGov.

• get an Individual Health Identifier (IHI), if you’re not eligible for Medicare.

You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19- vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination

GETTING READY FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

You should not attend a COVID-19 vaccination appointment if you:

• Are unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19

• Are awaiting COVID-19 test results.

• Have tested positive with COVID-19 and you are in isolation.

• Are in quarantine.

• Are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

If you fall into any of the above categories, check with your immunisation provider. You may need to reschedule your appointment for vaccination.

If you have had another vaccine in the 7 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, tell your immunisation provider. Your immunisation provider may ask you to reschedule your appointment.

You are not required to test for COVID-19 before vaccination if you do not have a fever or any respiratory symptoms.

WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT

You should bring the following to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment:

Medicare card

Information about any previous COVID-19 vaccine received (vaccine brand and date of vaccination).

Information about any reactions you have had to any vaccine in the past.

At your appointment, you will be able to discuss any questions you have about COVID-19 vaccination with your immunisation provider.

BEFORE YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION

Tell your immunisation provider if you have any medical conditions or if you are taking any medications. Especially make sure to tell them if you:

Have had anaphylaxis (a type of severe allergic reaction) to any substance, or if you have an adrenaline autoinjector (e.g. EpiPen).

Have had a reaction to any vaccine in the past.

Have a bleeding disorder or are receiving anticoagulant therapy (a blood thinner).

Are immunocompromised (i.e. have a weakened immune system or take immune suppressing medication).

Have received another COVID-19 vaccine (and which brand).

Have received any vaccine in the last 7 days.

In some circumstances, it may be better to have a discussion with your healthcare provider about vaccination before making an appointment for vaccination.

HOW WILL YOU RECEIVE THE VACCINE

You will receive the vaccine as an injection, most commonly into your upper arm muscle. Please wear a short sleeved shirt or t-shirt that allows easy access to the upper arm. You must remain in the vaccination clinic for observation for at least 15 minutes after vaccination. Depending on your medical history, you may be asked to wait in the clinic for 30 minutes.

POST VACCINE CONCERNS

Some people may experience side effects after getting their COVID-19 vaccine. Most side effects are mild and don’t last for long. If you have a side effect that worries you, please call us and we will book an appointment with your doctor on 07- 5433 1500

You can also use the COVID-19 Symptom Checker to see if you need to seek medical help: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/appsand-tools/healthdirect-coronavirus-covid19-symptom-checker

GETTING PROOF OF YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE

Click the link to find out ways you can get proof of your COVID-19 Vaccine

RESOURCES

Consent form for COVID-19 vaccination
https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-consent-form-for-covid-19-vaccination

Preparing for COVID-19 vaccination
https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/02/covid-19-vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination_2.pdf

COVID-19 vaccination – After your AstraZeneca vaccine 

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-after-your-astrazeneca-vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines, The latest news and information about COVID-19 vaccines in Australia.
https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines