COVID Vaccine Updates

COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Our team is pleased to advise that bookings for COVID-19 Vaccines are available on line. A booking link on the home page of our website is available to book into a COVID Vaccine clinic if you are eligible or on the link below. You are also able to download the Hotdocs App onto your phone and look up our clinic to check available sessions.

Click here for a Covid Vaccination Booking

COVID Vaccine session times will be constantly updated. Our booking system will request that you complete an online COVID vaccine consent form when booking your appointment. This will automatically upload to your patient file for when you arrive for your appointment. You will also be provided with links to government resources and information about the COVID vaccine. If you have any concerns please speak to your doctor.

We currently have stock of the COVID vaccine for eligible patients (people aged 60 years and over). If you are under 60 years of age and have already received your first dose of a COVID vaccine and have concerns regarding your second dose of the COVID vaccine we recommend you speak to your doctor and / or review current government medical advice.
Local respiratory clinics or the large government vaccine hubs are administering COVID vaccines and appointments are available to the public.

COVID Vaccination Centres- Book an appointment by calling 1800 675 398 (Nearest centre is Cranbourne Turf Club)

  • Carrum Downs Respiratory Clinic – online or 9782 6088
  • Rosebud Respiratory Clinic – online or 0436 033 507

General Practices will be getting the COVID vaccine (which is recommended for people under 60 years) from sometime in October 2021. We will notify patients when these become available. We currently do NOT have any COVID vaccines recommended for people under the age of 60 years in stock.

Our team is working hard to provide these vaccines to our community. We have put on extra staff to manage the significant increase in phone calls that we are receiving. We realise that many people are anxious to get this vaccine however we ask that our staff be treated with respect and dignity when you call. If a patient does not arrive for their vaccine we will contact you possibly at short notice to fill that slot.

Bookings will be available in COVID vaccine clinics only and not via standard appointments due to the vaccine coming in multi dose vials.

Please do not make an on line booking in a standard appointment as we will be unable to provide you with the vaccine which comes in multi does vials and once opened, all doses need to be given in a short period of time.

Residents will be required to provide proof of eligibility at the time of their appointment.

Eligibility for the COVID vaccines has recently changed. Please check government advice.

We recommend you check your eligibility via the government’s eligibility checker.

If you are booking for a COVID Vaccine appointment in our COVID Vaccine clinics the following information is attached for your review:

COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary and to start your decision-making process please research information from reliable sources such as government websites. Attached is the governments Department of Health COVID Vaccine fact sheet for your review.

Click here to view

If you have any questions or specific circumstances that may impact on you having the COVID 19 vaccines please discuss this with your doctor.

 

COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccination Advice

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have provided updated advice on the relative timing of administering influenza and COVID-19 vaccines in 2021. Please refer to your doctor for more information.

Routine scheduling and giving of an influenza vaccine with a COVID-19 vaccine on the same day is not recommended.

The preferred minimum interval between a dose of seasonal influenza vaccine and a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech or AstraZeneca/University of Oxford is 14 days.

There may be circumstances where co-administration or near administration (within days) of an influenza vaccine with a COVID-19 vaccine may be considered.

There is no particular requirement regarding the order of receiving a dose of influenza vaccine and either the first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

If an influenza vaccine has been inadvertently co-administered or given within a shorter interval than 14 days with a COVID-19 vaccine, revaccination with either vaccine is not considered necessary.

COVID-19 Vaccination Phase 1b Roll Out

Mornington Medical Group is able to supply our local community with COVID-19 vaccines for the Phase 1b roll out.

Initially we are receiving limited vaccine doses of 100 COVID-19 vaccines per week. Patients aged over 80 years of age and people on our substantial waitlist are currently being contacted. We will contact you when an appointment is available. Our COVID vaccine clinics are booked out for next few weeks and we have a substantial waiting list. As we get confirmation of the delivery of further deliveries of vaccines we will open up more clinics and contact the people on our waiting lists. The government will cover the cost of the COVID vaccination.

Our COVID vaccine clinic on line appointment booking system is not yet available due to the minimal stock we are receiving. As we receive more vaccines we will open up bookings for this specific COVID Immunisation Clinic.

Other locations that may have earlier available appointments are Carrum Downs Respiratory Clinic – online or 9782 6088 or Rosebud Respiratory Clinic – online or 0436 033 507.

To find out if you are eligible for the 1b COVID vaccine roll out please check the Eligibility Checker

Residents will be required to provide proof of eligibility at the time of their appointment. Workers will need to provide proof of occupation to demonstrate their eligibility. Phase 1b priority population groups include: 

People 70 years of age or older;

Health care workers (not vaccinated in 1a roll out);

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55 years;

Younger people with an underlying medical condition, including people with a disability; (please use the eligibility checker for clarification on medical conditions within this category, note new patients will require evidence of your condition via My Health Record, GP/Specialist Referral, or Declaration);

Critical and high-risk workers, including Australian Government officials about to be deployed overseas, defence, police, emergency services and meat processing

Like many general practices participating in the roll out, we will be receiving limited weekly quantities of the vaccine over the initial first few weeks, so we ask for your patience as we attempt to book all eligible patients in a reasonable way.

Bookings

Bookings will be available in COVID vaccine clinics only and not via standard appointments due to the vaccine coming in multi dose vials.

Please do not make an on line booking in a standard appointment as we will be unable to provide you with the vaccine which comes in multi does vials and once opened, all doses need to be given in a short period of time.

A specific booking link will be available on the website when the COVID vaccination clinics are available.

Please download the COVID Vaccination Consent Form, complete this and bring this with you on the day of your appointment. This form is unable to be signed until your appointment. Click on here for the consent form.

If you are booking for a COVID Vaccine appointment in our COVID Vaccine clinics the following information is attached for your review:

COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary and to start your decision-making process please research information from reliable sources such as government websites. Attached is the government’s Department of Health COVID Vaccine fact sheet for your review.

If you have any questions or specific circumstances that may impact on you having the COVID 19 vaccines please discuss this with your doctor. 

      

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has recommended that:

The COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine be preferred over AstraZeneca for adults aged under 50 years. This is because there is a potentially higher risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia in people aged under 50, who receive the AstraZeneca vaccine

The AstraZeneca vaccine be used in adults aged under 50, if the benefits outweigh the risks for that person – and they have made an informed decision based on the risks and benefits

People who have had the first dose of AstraZeneca without any serious adverse effects, can be given the second dose. This includes people aged under 50.

The Australian Government has accepted ATAGI’s recommendations.

COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccination Advice

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have provided advice on the relative timing of administering influenza and COVID-19 vaccines in 2021.

Key messages: 

Routine scheduling and giving of an influenza vaccine with a COVID-19 vaccine on the same day is not recommended.

The preferred minimum interval between a dose of seasonal influenza vaccine and a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech or AstraZeneca/University of Oxford is 14 days.

There may be circumstances where co-administration or near administration (within days) of an influenza vaccine with a COVID-19 vaccine may be considered.

There is no particular requirement regarding the order of receiving a dose of influenza vaccine and either the first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

If an influenza vaccine has been inadvertently co-administered or given within a shorter interval than 14 days with a COVID-19 vaccine, revaccination with either vaccine is not considered necessary.

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