While we wait for more information about the vaccine rollout, there are things you can do now to get ready for your appointment.
First, make sure your details are up to date with Medicare. You can do this using either:
- Medicare online account through myGov
- The Express Plus Medicare app
- Calling the Medicare program
If you don’t have your account set up, you can:
- Enrol in Medicare, if 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, if not eligible for Medicare.
Can your doctor contact you to let you know the vaccines are available ?
When we receive vaccines we will need to be able to inform patients quickly and efficiently. Having up to date SMS and email addresses will mean you don’t miss out. Check now that your doctor has up to date SMS and email details for each member of your family.
On-line appointment booking will make it possible to schedule large numbers of patients efficiently. It will also allow us to book the second dose appointment at the same time. Why not familiarise yourself with the Reydon Street Medical Centre online appointment system now www.reydonstreet.com.au/billing-arrangements/bookings/.
What record will I have of having my COVID-19 vaccine?
Once you have had your vaccine, you’ll be able to get an immunisation history statement to prove your vaccination status. You can find out how to get your immunisation history statement on the Services Australia website.
There is a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines in Australia and globally. This means people who have the highest risk of severe COVID-19 and/or exposure to the virus will receive the vaccine first. Other people will receive the vaccine over time.
Find out who will be prioritised for vaccination and other useful information by visiting https://www.reydonstreet.com.au/coronavirus-covid-vaccination-mt-gravatt/
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 well need to reschedule your appointment for vaccination to reduce the risk of spreading infections to others. COVID-19 vaccines are not effective at treating COVID-19.
If you have had another vaccine in the 14 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.
Current advice is that the Annual Influenza vaccine should not be given at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccination, and will require a separate visit to your doctor.
As you will be receiving two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, it is important to plan for this and be available to receive the second dose when required. Effective protection against COVID-19 will not occur until about a week after your second dose.
To find out about what to bring to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment and what to expect visit www.reydonstreet.com.au/coronavirus-covid-vaccination-mt-gravatt/ or www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination.