Pfizer Comirnaty COVID19 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.

Current guidance includes:

Page under development Come back tomorrow (Sunday 15 August 2021) to read more

In the meantime access the Government info on Pfizer Comirnaty here:

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/learn-about-covid-19-vaccines/about-the-pfizerbiontech-covid-19-vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination – Information on COVID-19 Pfizer (COMIRNATY) vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination – After your Pfizer (COMIRNATY) vaccine

Booking appointments  for Pfizer Comirnarty COVID19 vaccination at Reydon Street.

When Booking an appointment at Reydon Street, you will need:

  • A current Medicare Care Card (check expiry date)
  • Photo ID
  • Proof of eligibility forCOVID19 vaccination (check below)

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.

If  you are 13  years and under, or 75 years and over we do not have capacity to offer a vaccination appointment unless you have received a COVID19 Vaccination at Reydon Street already.

We recommend  you use the Eligibility Checker to find a suitable location https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility-checker or book through Queensland Health https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccine/book

Dosing schedule

The standard interval between first and second dose is 21 days. At present you will have  to book a 2nd dose appointment 21 days later.

The interval may change in light of supply and demand for COVID19 vaccination as the rate of infection in the community changes.

Patients aged 60 years and over wanting access to Moderna SPIKEVAX or  Pfizer Comirnaty instead of AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine:

A group of patients should avoid AstraZeneca a precautionary measure, and are recommended to receive Pfizer Comirnaty or Moderna SPIKEVAX instead:

These are 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.
  • patients  with an allergic reaction to components of the AstraZeneca Vaccination or significant reaction to a first dose AstraZeneca vaccination.

Pfizer Comirnaty is recommended for the second dose for people in these groups who have received a first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.

 

Side effects of Pfizer Comirnaty COVID19 vaccination

You can view the full advice on  what to expect after you vaccination at

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19/what-happens-after-i-am-vaccinated-for-covid-19

Side effects are usually mild after the first dose of Pfizer , and usually go away within one or two days.  You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you need to after your vaccinations. If there is swelling at the injection site, you can use a cold compress /ice pack.

Some recipients will experience more significant flu-like symptoms from this vaccination compared to other common vaccinations and may require time away from normal activities. This is more common after the second dose

Common side effects after Comirnaty include:

 

  • pain or swelling at the injection site
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • fever and chills
  • joint pain.

Less common side effects after Comirnaty include

 

  • redness at the injection site
  • nausea
  • enlarged lymph nodes
  • feeling unwell
  • pain in limb insomnia
  • itching at the injection site.

 

Rare side effects that have been reported after Comirnaty are

 

  • severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
  • myocarditis and pericarditis

Most reported cases have been mild, self-limiting and recovered quickly, although longer-term follow-up of these cases is ongoing. Cases have been reported predominantly after the second dose and predominantly in younger males (aged < 30 years)

As this is evolving please read the link for the latest information:

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-guidance-on-myocarditis-and-pericarditis-after-mrna-covid-19-vaccines

Who shouldn’t have Pfizer Comirnaty COVID19 vaccination?

The following groups should book a discussion appointment to seek additional advice  from a Reydon Street Medical Centre GP before booking a vaccination appointment here.

Cardiac Conditions

  • Myocarditis and pericarditis have been rarely reported after Comirnaty.
  • People who develop myocarditis or pericarditis after having Comirnaty should defer further doses of Comirnaty and discuss this with their treating doctor.
  • People with a past history of inflammatory heart condition illness e.g.:
      • myocarditis, pericarditis,endocarditis within the last 3 months
      • current acute rheumatic fever
  • complex or severe congenital heart disease;
  • acute decompensated heart failure (worsening of symptoms) or
  • a history of cardiac transplant

These groups may still be able  to receive Comirnaty or SPIKEVAX, however consultation with a your GP or cardiologist is recommended as a precaution prior to booking a vaccination appointment.

 

Past History of mastocytosis, allergy and anaphylaxis

Precautions to the use of COVID-19 Vaccines include a history of generalised (non-anaphylactic) reaction to a prior dose or an ingredient, past anaphylaxis to medications/vaccines which may contain polyethylene glycol or polysorbate 80, and a history of confirmed mastocytosis with recurrent anaphylaxis which requires treatment.

Precautions are required for people with a history of confirmed mastocytosis with recurrent anaphylaxis. Patients with other mast cell disorders can be vaccinated without special precautions.

This may affect choice of vaccine, location of delivery and requires a review appointment with your GP / specialist before booking a vaccination appointment

 

I have heard about possible allergies. What non-active ingredients are included in the Pfizer vaccine ?

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).

Patients with allergies to the ingredients  in the vaccination will need to discuss  COVID19 vaccination with their doctor.

The TGA list the following ingredients :

  • ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate) (ALC0315)
  • 2-[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,Nditetradecylacetamide (ALC-0159)
  • Distearoylphosphatidylcholine (DSPC)
  • Cholesterol
  • Potassium chloride
  • Monobasic potassium phosphate
  • Sodium chloride
  • Dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate
  • Sucrose
  • Water for injections

Booking appointments  for Moderna and Pfizer COVID19 vaccination at Reydon Street. We are currently providing vaccinations for 14 – 75 yrs olds.

When Booking an appointment at Reydon Street, you will need:

A current Medicare Care Card (check expiry date)
Photo ID
Proof of eligibility for COVID19 vaccination (check below)

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.

If  you are 13  years and under, or 75 years and over we do not have capacity to offer a vaccination appointment.

We recommend  you use the Eligibility Checker to find a suitable location https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility-checker or book through Queensland Health https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccine/book

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Reydon Street Medical Centre is moving on 14 February 2022

Reydon Street Medical Centre has a long history of providing high quality health care from trusted doctors from 2 Reydon Street on the corner of Newnham Road and Reydon Street in Upper Mt Gravatt.

The current health crisis means that it is no longer sustainable to continue this tradition from its original premises. To ensure we are more resilient and remain able to provide continuity of care to our patients in the face of sickness or furlough leave we need to be part of a larger organisation.

The great news is the legacy will continue and on 14 February 2022 Reydon Street Medical Centre will join the existing Holland Park General Practice at 1173 Logan Rd, Holland Park. This is part of the IPN Medical Centres network and is located just five minutes from our building.

We intend to provide the same high quality care from doctors you know and trust from more appropriate premises. You should also see the same friendly staff to look after you at the front desk.

Continuity of care and the security of our patient records is our priority. Patients records will be transferred automatically, so your doctor can continue to access them. Given the Holland Park General Practice is part of the IPN Medical Centres network, you can be assured that your health records and personal information will remain safe and secure.

We will continue to book appointments with your chosen doctor, but from Monday 14 February 2022 onwards, all existing and future appointments will take place at Holland Park General Practice.

We look forward to continuing to serve our patients from our new home.