COVID-19 Vaccination information

As an approved COVID-19 vaccination provider, Main Street Medical Centre is glad to be supporting the immunisation of our community.

Suite 3 (formerly Audiology) has been converted to a COVID-19/Flu vaccination clinic which is currently running on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Appointments are available for eligible patients to book by calling 6495 2555 or booking online via HotDoc. Please see below for eligibility information.

Please note: any interruptions or delays in our vaccine deliveries may result in future appointments being rescheduled.

We thank you for your patience. Please keep checking this page or our Facebook for up-to-date information about our COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

For information r.e. rare AstraZeneca side effects and FAQ’s, please click here.

When can I get my COVID vaccination?

COVID-19 vaccinations will become available at different stages for different groups of the community. Head to the Department of Health’s Eligibility Checker to find out which phase you will be included in. For a list of groups now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, see here.

Please note: The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the Pfizer vaccine for people aged under 50. To protect the wellbeing of our patients, we will only be offering the Pfizer vaccine to under 50’s. See here for more information.

How to book

If you are over 60 and are booking for the AstraZeneca vaccine, you can book online or call us on (02) 6495 2555. If you are under 60 and eligible for Pfizer, we are only accepting bookings online via HotDoc. Please book online via the link below.

If you are under 60 years old and need to book in for the Pfizer vaccine, bookings are available from the 27th of July onwards. The Department of Health has advised that the Pfizer rollout will commence on the 5th of July and we anticipate receiving our first delivery mid-end July. Please check our website, Facebook page or bookings via HotDoc for updated information.

Please be patient while waiting for an appointment, as we receive limited supplies of the vaccine each delivery.

Preparing for your vaccination

Before your appointment, please print out and complete COVID-19 Vaccination Consent form. You will need to bring this to your appointment.

You can also download a patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health which includes more details about what to expect, what to bring and more.

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:
  • if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
  • if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
  • if you are in quarantine.
IMPORTANT

If you have had another vaccine, for example the influenza vaccination, in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.

What to expect after your vaccination

The AstraZeneca vaccine is given in two doses 12 weeks apart, and the Pfizer vaccine is given in two doses 3 weeks apart. The nurse will advise when you are due for the second instalment of the COVID-19 vaccination and you can schedule your appointment after your first dose.

You may experience some side effects such as tenderness, headaches, feeling tired, muscle and join pain, etc. Most side effects are not serious, but some require medical attention. Please read the list of side effects included in the Consent form and monitor any symptoms you may have post vaccination.

In light of the government’s suggestions for people to bring forward their second dose of AstraZeneca, we wanted to ensure that our patients understand the effects. According to recent studies, shortening the interval between the two doses drastically reduces the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine. It is recommended that you comply with the TGA recommendations of 12 weeks. Please see below for a table showing the efficacy of different intervals of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ’s

What is this side effect that everyone is talking about associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine?

There is evidence of a likely link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia).

The recommendation from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is that use of Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) is preferred over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in adults under 60 years old who have not already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

What is the new ATAGI advice?

ATAGI have reviewed their advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine. They have recommended that Pfizer is the preferred vaccine for people aged under 60 years. The Pfizer vaccine is also recommended for patients in any age group who have a history of idiopathic splanchnic (mesenteric, portal, splenic) vein thrombosis and antiphospholipid syndrome with thrombosis.

This doesn’t change who is currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, but it means if you are under 60 it is recommended you get the Pfizer vaccine. As such, Main Street Medical Centre will not be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to under 50’s.

Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?

Yes. The individual benefit-to-risk balance of vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine varies with age and previous history. This balance is based on factors including the increased risk of complications from COVID-19 with increasing age and the potential lower risk of this very rare, but serious, adverse event with increasing age. ATAGI has recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine remains safe to be given to people aged 60 years and over.

I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca, should I get Pfizer for my second dose?

No, this isn’t necessary. If you have had your first AstraZeneca vaccine dose without any serious side effects, you can receive your second dose as planned.

To ensure maximum long-term immunity, it is important you receive two doses of the same COVID-19 vaccine.

I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca, and have side effects that I am worried about. What should I do?

If you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about, please book an appointment to see your doctor. If it is an emergency, please call 000.

I am 60 years or over, is the AstraZeneca vaccine still safe for me?

Yes, the AstraZeneca vaccine is still safe for you.

The risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome), is much lower in people aged 60 years and over.

Additionally, if you are aged 60 and over you are much more likely to become seriously unwell if you catch COVID-19.

I’m booked in for my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and I am under 60, what do I do?

If you are aged under 60 years, and you have an appointment to receive your first dose of AstraZeneca, please cancel this booking.

Can I receive the Pfizer vaccination at Main Street Medical Centre?

Yes, Main Street Medical Centre is an eligible provider of the Pfizer vaccine. The Department of Health has advised that the Pfizer rollout to eligible practices will commence from the 5th of July. We anticipate receiving our first Pfizer delivery between mid and end July, however this is dependent on national supply.

How can I book for the Pfizer vaccination?

You can book for the Pfizer vaccination online via HotDoc. Appointments are open from the 27th of July onwards, but future appointments are dependent on stock delivery and appointments may need to be rescheduled.

I am under 60, and I am fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca, do I have to get Pfizer now?

If you have received both doses of the vaccine you do not need to get vaccinated with any other COVID-19 vaccine.

Other information

General Information about the Astra Zeneca vaccine

General information about the Pfizer vaccine

Information about the national vaccination rollout

ATAGI statement recommendations concerning the AstraZeneca vaccine