Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccination

The COVID-19 Vaccination Mt Gravatt program roll-out is being planned, and patients will want to have information in order to make informed decisions about why they should ask to be vaccinated.

This page is to help provide information for our patients in Mt Gravatt and others in the local community. However,as  is a rapidly changing area most of the available information is from  overseas sources at the current time

The Australian Government

COVID-19 vaccines – News and information for Australians about the development, approval process and plans for COVID-19 vaccines. (This website includes the Government information videos).

People in Mt Gravatt are asking our doctors these questions:

When will I receive the vaccine?

Factors such as your age, occupation, and risk level determine when you will receive the vaccine. Watch the video on the left to learn more about the priority groups for the vaccine.

Use  Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out which phase  of the rollout you are in and when you will receive your vaccination.

To find out if you are at high risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19 visit here: www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/advice-for-people-at-risk-of-coronavirus-covid-19.

Once the vaccine is rolled out to priority groups, all other adults will be given the vaccine.

Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine approved   – 16 February 2020

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australians 18 years and older.  This is the vaccine that will be used (at least initially) to immunise the majority of our patients staring in March 2021. Scroll down to read the Consumer Medicine Information (product leaflet).

Further details of the timing of the roll out are still to be provided by the Government.

Want to learn more about vaccine  before attending for your Coronavirus vaccination appointment in Mt Gravatt?

It’s easy to be confused by the vast amount of information available. Australia has the  great  good fortune to have avoided the devastating effects of COVID-19 seen in most other parts of the world. It is  easy not to appreciate the suffering other people have gone through – either themselves or watching their loved ones fall ill.

As Australians, we have to trust the TGA to do its job in applying its high safety standards before approving vaccines (and other medicines) as safe. Whatever the  side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines it is important to balance these properly against the risks of the disease.

There are common  themes across all the vaccines which are similar to  those we see with vaccination frequently used already, such as the Annual Seasonal Influenza Immunization.

Local reactions –  swelling , redness, pain, bruising

Systemic  reactions including “flu-like symptoms” including fever, headaches, general aches and pains and lymph gland swelling

Rarely, some people may have significant allergic reactions to any vaccination or its components and require adrenaline. These may be unpredictable. People known to be allergic to vaccination components should discuss this with their GP regarding the best vaccine for them and approach.

Too much information? I just want  the real basics.

Why not review the Dynamed Decision Support tool – is the COVID-19 Vaccine the Right Choice for Me?
“The COVID-19 vaccines are new and understandably patients are going to have questions. The team at DynaMed Shared Decisions has created an evidence-based decision aid to help you and your patients weigh the risk and benefits of the vaccine and make the best decision for their unique situation.” Click this link to download .

Remember this is website is to provide general information only, and may not contain all relevant information, and you will need to discuss any concerns or obtain specific advice from your doctor.

More questions? For those of us who like the detail, please scroll down and read  the more expansive information below .

This includes some of the NHS UK information including their patient information leaflets in  languages other than English.

At the time of writing the full details of the who, when, what vaccine and process will be used in Queensland are still evolving, so we may not have all the answers . However, your GP is standing by to talk to you about your personal  health, so why not book an appointment to discuss your concerns?

Background information.

Access Australian Government COVID-19 vaccine information in your language

The Department of Health Coronavirus COVID-19 website can be translated in 63 languages by clicking the button. See our picture to the right.

Leaflets in your languages can be read and printed to share at:

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccine-information-in-your-language

Product specific information

The vaccine approved for use in general practice in Australia is the The AstraZeneca Vaccine.

Read the  Australian Package leaflet  – Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) “COVID-19 vaccine: AstraZeneca ChAdOx1-S”

What non-active ingredients are included n the Astra Zeneca vaccine ?

  • L-Histidine (an amino acid).
  • L-Histidine hydrochloride monohydrate (an amino acid).
  • Magnesium chloride hexahydrate (supports many activities inside cells).
  • Polysorbate 80 (a stabiliser).
  • Ethanol.
  • Sucrose.
  • Sodium chloride.
  • Disodium edetate dihydrate (EDTA, a binding agent)
  • Water for injection.
  • No preservatives are used:
 

(AstraZeneca, 2021)

 

None of the vaccine ingredients are of human or animal origin and there are no food, latex or gelatin in the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available. If individuals have had an allergic reaction to other vaccines in the past, it does not mean that they will also be allergic to the COVID-19 vaccines (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy [ASCIA], 2021).

Other COVID -19 Vaccines

The vaccine approved in Australia, given to phase 1a patients (mainly health and aged care workers and aged care residents) is   the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine. As this is managed thorugh the Queensland Health Vaccine Hubs, for more information please see https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/guidelines-procedures/novel-coronavirus-qld-clinicians/covid-19-vaccination-information-for-healthcare-workers

The Australian Package leaflet – Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) “COVID-19 vaccine: Pfizer Australia – COMIRNATY BNT162b2 (mRNA)”

 

The Moderna Vaccine

The UK Package leaflet – Information for UK recipients on COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna

UK  Government Guidance on COVID Vaccination  -Included because they are available in multiple languages translations

Information for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding on coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination (Language translations Include : Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi,  Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish)

COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults – Information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination. (Language translations Include : Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi,  Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish)

Where do I access Australian Government COVID-19 vaccine information in my language?

The Department of Health Coronavirus COVID-19 website can be translated in 63 languages by clicking the button. See the picture below:

Leaflets in your languages can be read and printed to share at:

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccine-information-in-your-language

 

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