COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Lindfield Medical Practice is planning to run COVID-19 vaccination clinics as soon as vaccines are released to Australian general practices. Continue to check our website for updates on dates for clinics and eligibility criteria.
Our goal is to hold daily clinics and vaccinate those eligible as soon as possible. High risk persons will take priority.
Draft plans for the national roll-out strategy have been released. These plans are likely to change and adapt over the next weeks to months as the situation evolves.
Draft plans project the following stages:
1. Phase 1 - First Priority Populations
The Pfizer vaccine will be given to a small number of people at high risk, which may include disability and aged care residents and workers, frontline healthcare, quarantine and border workers. Pregnant women or people with severe allergies should not receive this vaccine. A protective effect begins after 12 days but full protection requires a second dose 21-28 days later. This vaccine will only be given at designated hospital Hub sites plus in disability and aged care facilities. The North Shore hub will be based at Hornsby Hospital. We will not be giving this vaccine.
2. Phase 1b
In this phase persons are more likely to receive the Astra Zeneca vaccine, which will be given in nominated general practices. The eligible people will include: adults aged 70 years and over (ATSI over 55 yrs), other health care workers, younger adults with an underlying medical condition (eligible conditions still to be defined), critical and high risk workers (eg police, fire, defence workers).
The recent decision by Germany to only give the Oxford - AstraZeneca vaccine in 18-64 year olds was made due to a lack of data about it's effectiveness in over 65 year olds, not due to concerns about it's safety. Preliminary data shows that it appears to produce a good immune response in the elderly and UK regulators have approved its use in all adults. Australian regulators will review all the trials and data available prior to approving the vaccine use.
The Astra Zeneca vaccine will be given as two injections into the arm, the second between 4 to 12 weeks after the first. The most common side effects with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca were usually mild or moderate and got better within a few days after vaccination. The most common side effects are pain and tenderness at the injection site, headache, tiredness, muscle pain, general feeling of being unwell, chills, fever, joint pain and nausea. The influenza vaccination should not be given within 14 days of the vaccine so there is no confusion between side effects, and no potential reduction in effectiveness of either vaccine. Influenza vaccination remains highly recommended in 2021 for at risk populations.
3. Phase 2a
Adults aged over 50 years, other critical and high risk workers.
4. Phase 2b
Any other adults.
5. Phase 3
Children only if recommended,