When will I receive the vaccine?
We vaccinate patients (both existing and new) following Government eligibility criteria
Factors such as your age, occupation, and risk level determine which vaccine you may receive and when you will receive it. Watch the video on the right to learn more about the priority groups for the vaccine.
You can check where you fit using the Government’s Eligibility checker here Vaccines Eligibility Checker (healthdirect.gov.au).
You can see more detailed lists at https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19/when-will-i-get-a-covid-19-vaccine
To find out more about eligible medical conditions or whether 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.
What Should I do while I am waiting?
- Read and access the information about the COVID-19 vaccination through this page.
- Make sure that your details with Medicare are up to date, qnd you have Card that has NOT expired
- Link your Medicare online account through MyGov account
- Collect your Photo ID
- Complete your Eligibility Declaration form (see Below)
- Obtain any other proof of Eligibility
What proof do I need that I am eligible?
We will be checking photo ID and Medicare cards when people arrive at their appointment, and you will need to use your details to book these appointments.
Especially for Pfizer Comirnaty, some patients will need to provide proof they are in a priority group to receive the first vaccination.
When we know patients well, we may have the relevant medical history, but otherwise patients may need to bring:
- a Health Summary from another other GP or specialist.
- a letter from your employer,
- proof of being a carer or
- an Eligibility Declaration.
Please download and bring a completed Eligibility Declaration form with you as we will not have these on the day:
How do I get proof of my immunisation history after receiving my vaccination?
Which vaccine should I access?
Pfizer Comirnaty is the preferred brand over AstraZeneca VAXZEVRIA (COVID19) Vaccination in people aged <60 years, and in pregnant people.
AstraZeneca VAXZEVRIA (COVID19) Vaccination continues to be recommended in people aged 18 to <60 years when the benefits outweigh risks, including in outbreak settings – especially where patients are unable to access Pfizer Comirnaty in a timely manner.
Government COVID-19 vaccination information
You are able to access the latest Australian Government information on COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccine roll-out via the Department of Health (DoH) COVID-19 vaccine website. The are frequent updates to this is website as the situation evolves.
People who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy
The advice is that pregnant people should be routinely offered Comirnaty at any stage of pregnancy. Pregnant women with COVID-19 have an increased risk of severe illness and adverse pregnancy outcomes to mother and baby.
Women who are breastfeeding or who are planning pregnancy are also recommended to receive Comirnaty. Comirnaty is the preferred COVID-19 vaccine for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy, and should ne offered to these people routinely. https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-shared-decision-making-guide-for-women-who-are-pregnant-breastfeeding-or-planning-pregnancy
Past history of certain precautionary conditions for AstraZeneca VAXZEVRIA (COVID19) Vaccination
A group of patients should avoid AstraZeneca a precautionary measure, and are recommended to receive Pfizer Comirnaty instead:
Patients with a past history of:
- cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST)
- heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)
- idiopathic splanchnic (mesenteric, portal, splenic) vein thrombosis, and
- antiphospholipid syndrome with thrombosis.
Comirnaty is recommended for the second dose for people in these groups who have received a first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.
- COVID-19 vaccination decision guide for frail older people, including those in residential aged care facilities
People with Disability
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
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.
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: