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COVID Vaccinations

 

This page aims to give you some information about getting your COVID-19 Vaccines. 

 

How do I know if I am eligible for a vaccine?

Is it your turn to get a COVID Vaccine?

You can check out the government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker here:

Once you have completed the Eligibility Checker you will be be able to follow a link to book your first COVID vaccine. The checker will direct you to locations that have the appropriate vaccine that is available for your age and circumstances.

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available for many people. Vaccines are available at a range of General Practices, Hospitals, GP-led respiratory clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and the roll out visit:  https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines

Can I get my vaccine at Barton Lane Practice?

Barton Lane Practice is able to advise that we are an approved vaccination provider for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local area and wider community.

Please note, at this time we are not a provider of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Different sites are receiving different types and different numbers of vaccines, and a few have been set up as the major vaccination sites for Tamworth. We have received a modest  number of doses and we understand if this means you elect to get your vaccine elsewhere.

The COVID eligibility checker will let you know where you can get your vaccine based on current recommendations and vaccine availability.

Wherever you choose to get your vaccine, we recommend that you get both doses at the same place.

Approved Vaccination Providers for the AstraZeneca Vaccine

This is currently the recommended vaccine for anyone aged 60 and over. (11 July 2021)

Barton Lane Practice is able to advise that we are an approved vaccination provider for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local area and wider community.

Many GP practices have access to the Astra Zeneca Vaccine. Sites that have larger amounts include: Tamworth Respiratory Clininc, Peel Health Care and Belmore Street Practice.

 

Approved Vaccination Providers for the Pfizer Vaccine

This is currently the recommended vaccine for anyone aged under 60 years. (11 July 2021)

From 5th July 2021, 3 practices and the Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital are able to vaccinate people with the Pfizer vaccine. The GP practices are: Tamworth Respiratory Clinic, Peel Health Care and Windmill Practice.

The COVID eligibility checker will let you know where you can get your vaccine based on current recommendations and vaccine availability.

Wherever you choose to get your vaccine, we recommend that you get both doses at the same place.

How far apart should I get my AstraZeneca vaccine doses?

On Friday 9th July 2021, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recommended people to get their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine after two months instead of three.

The previous recommendation for a 12-week gap is based on the evidence that the vaccine offers greater protection at 12 weeks when compared to a 6-week gap. (Published in the Lancet 19 Feb 2021)

The current move to change to 8 weeks appears to be based on the current outbreak of COVID-19 in Greater Sydney. Here the argument is that more people with reasonably good protection is more important than fewer people with better protection. 

This is a change that was not communicated to practices before the announcement to the media. If someone is wishing to move their second vaccine dates forward, we will try to assist if we can. However, we may not be able as we have been trying to efficiently book people into our vaccination clinics and there may be no available spots earlier that your current booking date.

Update for 17 June 2021

On 17 June 2021, ATAGI and the Federal Government have recommended that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination is the preferred vaccine for people aged 59 and younger. The Australian Government’s Cheif Medical Officer (Prof Paul Kelly) shared the following responses to some questions we expect will be asked frequently at this time.

Frequently asked questions information sent from Professor Paul Kelly (Chief Medical Officer) (17/06/2021)

What is the new ATAGI advice?  

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have reviewed their advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine. They have recommended that Pfizer is the preferred vaccine for people aged under 60 years. This doesn’t change who is currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, but it means if you are under 60 it is preferred you get the Pfizer vaccine. 

 

Why has the advice changed? 

ATAGI have made this recommendation because of new evidence that shows the risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome) in the 50 – 59 age group is higher than initially thought. 

 

I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca, should I get Pfizer for my second dose? 

No, this isn’t necessary. If you have had your first AstraZeneca vaccine dose without any serious side effects, you can receive your second dose as planned. To ensure maximum long term immunity, it is important you receive two doses of the same COVID-19 vaccine.  

 

I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca, and have side effects that I am worried about. What should I do? 

If you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about, I can book an appointment for you to see your doctor. 

 

I am 60 years or over, is the AstraZeneca vaccine still safe for me? 

Yes, the AstraZeneca vaccine is still safe for you. 

The risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome), is much lower in people aged 60 years and over. 

Additionally, if you are aged 60 and over you are much more likely to become seriously unwell if you catch COVID-19. 

 

I’m booked in for my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and I am under 60, what do I do? 

If you are aged under 60 years, and you have an appointment to receive your first dose of AstraZeneca, it is recommended you cancel this booking. 

You can schedule an appointment at a Pfizer vaccination site. If you need to find the site closest to you, you can use the vaccine eligibility check on health.gov.au 

 

Where can I get a Pfizer vaccine? 

Some Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics are currently providing the Pfizer vaccine, along with many state based clinics All CVCs and many General Practices will have the Pfizer vaccines during June and July. 

To book an appointment, you can use the vaccine eligibility checker. You can find the checker on health.gov.au  

If an appointment is not available right away, new clinics and appointments are being added regularly, so you can wait a few days and check again.  

 

I am under 60, and I am fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca, do I have to get Pfizer now? 

If you have received both doses of the vaccine you do not need to get vaccinated with any other COVID-19 vaccine.