What does the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout mean for you?
You may receive a notification from Deepdene Surgery advising you of the time and day an immunisation clinic appointment is available for you. If you are unavailable to attend that day then an alternative time may be arranged at a later date. We anticipate these clinics will commence mid-late April.
We will endeavour to ensure all eligible patients will have the opportunity to receive the vaccine over time, but it may take some weeks, maybe longer, until this is possible. This will depend on how many vaccines we are supplied. We hope that the supply will increase over the coming weeks/months to enable more people to be immunised quicker. Please keep checking our website for updates.
The vaccine will be given at Deepdene Surgery – COVID-19 vaccine injections will not be offered at home visits.
The COVID-19 vaccine programme you receive will involve 2 injections 12 weeks apart. The flu vaccine (and any other vaccine) needs to be given 2 weeks either side of the COVID-19 vaccine.
What do you need to do for now?
Continue to check our website for further updates.
If you are under 50, please read this information sheet about the AstraZeneca vaccine.
For more info on the AstraZeneca vaccine, click here. For more info on preparing for your vaccine, click here.
We recommend you speak with your GP if you are planning to have the vaccine and you:
- have any questions or concerns about the vaccine
- have a history of anaphylaxis to any component of the vaccine, including to Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) for Comirnaty, or to Polysorbate 80
- have a history of anaphylaxis to multiple drugs or injections
- are acutely unwell (e.g. febrile ≥38.5℃)
- have a bleeding disorder or are receiving anticoagulant therapy
- are immunocompromised (e.g. as a result of a congenital or acquired immunodeficiency, or you are taking immunosuppressive medication)
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- have a past history of COVID-19 or ongoing illness from COVID-19
If you have cancer and have questions about the vaccine, please see this page for further information.
Please make sure your details are up-to-date with Medicare. You can do this through your MyGov Medicare Online account, the Express Plus Medicare app, or by calling 13 20 11. Only those with Medicare cards are eligible for the vaccination at GP clinics.
Click here to download the COVID-19 vaccine consent form. You will need to complete this prior to your injection.
Flu vaccines are available at Deepdene Surgery, and flu clinics will run during normal GP hours. There needs to be a two-week separation between receiving any vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine.
How to get an appointment
Deepdene Surgery has been advised that we will receive the vaccines from 5 April and we will receive 50 vaccines per week initially. We hope this supply of vaccines will increase as more vaccines become available in Australia.
Due to the low number of available vaccines, in the early stages of our vaccine clinic, we will only be inviting our most vulnerable patients to receive the vaccine in the first few clinics. Invitations will be sent to these patients via email, text or phone once we have received the vaccines and the clinic times are confirmed.
This means we will NOT be opening up online appointments for people to receive the vaccine until we are able to receive more vaccines.
We expect that this vaccine rollout will take many months and may take some time for you to receive your vaccine, so we ask you for your patience. We can only give as many vaccines as we are supplied and this is dependent on the vaccine access and distribution to us by the Federal Department of Health. Hopefully if and when we receive a larger number of vaccines then we will open up online appointments.
Importantly, please continue to check our website as the situation changes regularly.
On the day of your vaccine
Please attend at the allocated time, not earlier or late.
We will be providing the vaccine to those who are informed and consenting and ready to be vaccinated.
There will not be the opportunity to have discussions about your individual health matters relating to the vaccine at the clinic. Please have these discussions with your GP BEFORE you attend the vaccine clinic.
Please ensure you bring:
- proof of your eligibility depending on your eligibility group:
- proof of age
- proof of medical condition (e.g. health summary, prescription, care plan or referral)
- proof of eligible employment
- your signed consent form
- Medicare card
After your vaccine
For information about what happens after you get your COVID-19 vaccine, we recommend you visit the Health Direct website.
COVID-19 vaccine eligibility
Only certain groups of people are eligible to receive the vaccine at the moment. People who are in Phase 1a and Phase 1b of the Government’s COVID Vaccine Rollout are eligible. There are millions of Australians eligible under Phase 1a and 1b.
If you are unsure of when you should get your vaccine, click here to check your eligibility for each phase.
You may need to provide proof of your eligibility at the time of your vaccine. Here’s how to do it: