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.
In light of our increased allocation of Pfizer, the Merimbula RSL has graciously allowed the use of their space to run our vaccination clinics on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with occasional Friday and Saturday sessions. Entrance via Alice Street (look out for our vaccination clinic flag).
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.
Who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination?
Head to the Department of Health’s Eligibility Checker to find out which COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for you. You are also welcome to book in to discuss this with your doctor. For a list of groups currently eligible for Pfizer and AstraZeneca, see here.
How to book
If you are over 60, you can book online or call us on (02) 6495 2555. If you are under 60, we are only accepting bookings online via HotDoc. Please book online via the link below.
Please be patient while waiting for an appointment, as we receive limited supplies of the vaccine each delivery. Please note: Any delays in vaccine deliveries may result in having to reschedule your appointment.
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.
If you have had another vaccine 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
I’m booked in for my COVID-19 Vaccination. Where do I go?
Thanks to the team at Merimbula RSL, we will be holding our vaccinations clinics in their space from now on. Please head to their Alice Street entrance (marked by our flag) – our friendly staff will guide you from there!
Is Main Street Medical Centre providing the Pfizer vaccine?
Yes, Main Street Medical Centre is an eligible provider of the Pfizer vaccine.
How can I book for the Pfizer vaccination?
You can book for the Pfizer vaccination online via HotDoc. If you have difficulty with the online booking system, please contact our staff on 02 6495 2555.
What are the ATAGI recommendations on which vaccine to get?
ATAGI recommends Pfizer as 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. As such, Main Street Medical Centre will not be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to under 60’s. ATAGI maintains that AstraZeneca is safe for patients over 60 years old.
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 a very rare blood clotting syndrome (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia) increasing age. ATAGI has recommended that 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. 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/Pfizer, 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 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.