2021 is shaping up to be a big year in the world of vaccination. Here is some information about vaccinations for influenza and COVID-19.
Influenza Vaccination for Individuals
Influenza Vaccination for Businesses
COVID-19 vaccinations are now available for many people. Vaccines are available at a range of General Practices, 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
Is it your turn to get a COVID Vaccine?
You can check out the government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker here:
Different practices are receiving very different numbers of vaccines. Some practices in town will receive 400 vaccines per week, while we are only receiving 50 per week.
While we like to be able to provide all your care at Barton Lane Practice, it is possible to get your vaccines done at other practices or the Tamworth Respiratory Clinic. The COVID eligibility checker will show you where you can get your vaccine.
Wherever you choose to get your vaccine, we recommend that you get both doses at the same place.
Influenza Vaccination for Individuals
Influenza is highly infectious and affects the entire body. It can cause fever, malaise, headaches, sore muscles and throat, and a cough. The virus is spread via respiratory droplets through coughing or sneezing, or by touching contaminated surfaces. Vaccination is a way you can reduce the risk of contracting influenza, and is also helpful to reduce the risk of transmission to friends and family.
Each year the government funds influenza vaccinations for people at high risk. People who are not in these high risk groups can privately purchase a vaccine.
In 2020 the government funded vaccinations were available to people aged 65 years and older, children aged between 6 months and 5 years old, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people with a chronic disease that is associated with a high risk from influenza. The 2021 criteria have not been communicated at the time of writing this page, but the 2020 groups are likely a useful guide on what we may anticipate this year.
Please note that the Influenza Vaccine does not provide protection from COVID-19.
How to organise your vaccination if you are in a High Risk Group – Government Funded Vaccines
If you are in a high risk group and therefore eligible for the government funded influenza vaccination, please check this page again in early April 2020, or call the practice in early to mid April to get updates on when this vaccination will be available. Please be aware that with the anticipated COVID-19 vaccinations, the timing and roll out of influenza vaccinations may be different this year.
How to organise your vaccination if you not in a High Risk Group – Privately Funded Vaccines
To help us with ordering enough stock of influenza vaccines, we are inviting you to prebook your vaccine by ordering it online. To secure your vaccine, please click the link below. Once stock arrives at the practice, we will contact you to organise your influenza vaccination.
Influenza Vaccination for Businesses – Workplace Vaccination Program
The Workplace Vaccination Program enables employers to make the influenza vaccination available to their employees. It is a simple and effective way of avoiding sickness and reducing absenteeism. It also helps prevent your workplace spreading influenza to people who come into contact with your business. Influenza is highly infectious and affects the entire body. It can cause fever, malaise, headaches, sore muscles and throat and a cough. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets via coughing or sneezing, or by touching contaminated surfaces. Each year influenza poses a significant public health issue with 5-10% of all Australians contracting the flu each year. Each case requires several days off work and productivity continues to be reduced for a further 2-4 weeks as residual symptoms remain. A comprehensive Workplace Vaccination Program is an investment not just in your employees but in your business.
Your business can choose between a Workplace Visit or Vouchers (or a combination).
For larger businesses and minimal disruption to the workplace, one of our specialist vaccination nurses are able to come directly to your workplace.
For smaller businesses, or any staff absent on the day, you can purchase individual vouchers for vaccines to be administered at Barton Lane Practice
To enquire about vaccines for your workplace, contact us at Barton Lane Practice on (02) 6766 6166 and ask our team about our Workplace Vaccination Program.