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COVID-19 Vaccination

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*** UPDATE 05/05/2021: We have received confirmation from the Dept of Health for our clinic to begin administering COVID vaccines to Phase 2a (as well as those previously eligible in Phase 1b) effective immediately. Phase 2a now includes all people 50 years age and over, and ATSI people 18 years age and over.

 

*** Due to recent ATAGI advice regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine, people under 50 years age should NOT book a COVID-19 vaccination directly with our COVID Vaccine Clinic. Please go to a Respiratory Clinic, or speak with your usual GP first – Click here for link to recent ATAGI statement –

 

North Ryde Medical Centre is currently administering COVID-19 vaccinations.

If you are eligible for Phase 1b or 2a of the National vaccine roll-out (see criteria below), you can make an appointment for your vaccination via our website’s online booking system.

Please book an appointment for BOTH doses now to ensure your second dose (12 weeks after your first dose) is not unnecessarily delayed due to lack of stock/appointments.

You must complete the vaccine consent form electronically while booking online.

(Paper copies of the Consent Form are available at the practice or by clicking here if you booked over the phone)

Please note, we are only able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for patients with a valid Medicare card. If you do not have a valid Medicare card, please see your local Respiratory Clinic who will provide a vaccination for you.

COVID-19 vaccinations should be separated from Flu vaccinations by at least 14 days.

Click here to access the Government’s Eligibility Checker (or see summary below).

Phase 1b and 2a Eligibility:

  1. People aged 50 years or older (ID required if not a regular patient of the practice)
  2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 years and older
  3. Healthcare workers (proof of occupation required)
    • Individuals employed in the medical profession, including allied health professionals, aged care and disability workers
    • All public and private hospital staff
    • Healthcare workers in private practice
    • Community pharmacy staff
    • Healthcare workers providing in-home and community care, including centre-based care
    • Workforce supporting medical practitioners in a clinical setting, including students on placement
    • Onsite administrative staff in healthcare settings
    • Cleaners, kitchen staff and other ancillary staff in healthcare settings
  4. Adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability (Evidence such as a Health Summary letter from your doctor is required if not a regular patient of the practice)
    • Immunocompromising conditions:
      • Solid organ transplant recipients who are on immune suppressive therapy
      • Adult survivors of childhood cancers
      • Bone marrow transplant recipients or those on chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy or those on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease
      • Haematological diseases or cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma
      • Non-haematological cancer
      • Chronic inflammatory conditions on medical treatments (incl. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and similar who are being treated with Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or immune-suppressive or immunomodulatory therapies)
      • Primary or acquired immunodeficiency
      • Severe mental health conditions, incl. schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
    • Other underlying conditions:
      • Chronic renal (kidney) failure with a eGFR of <44mL/min
      • Heart disease (incl. ischaemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies and pulmonary hypertension)
      • Chronic lung disease (incl. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease. Does NOT include mild or moderate asthma)
      • Diabetes
      • Severe obesity with a BMI ≥ 40kg/m2
      • Chronic liver disease
      • Some neurological conditions (incl. Stroke, dementia, Multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy. Generally NOT inclusive of migraine or cluster headaches)
      • Poorly controlled blood pressure (defined as two or more pharmacologic agents for blood pressure control, regardless of recent readings)
      • Those with Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury
  5. Critical and High-risk workers, including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing (proof of occupation required)
  6. Household contacts of Quarantine or Border workers

Please see the following Government resources for more information about the vaccine:

If you still have further questions about the vaccine, please talk to your usual doctor prior to booking in for the vaccination clinic. Once you are ready to proceed, you are welcome to make an appointment.

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