COVID-19 Vaccination information
Main Street Medical Centre is pleased to announce that we are an approved provider for COVID-19 vaccines. As with our flu vaccinations last year, Suite 3 (formerly Audiology) has been converted to a COVID-19/Flu vaccination clinic.
We will be opening online bookings for our COVID-19 vaccines appointments as we receive each delivery of stock. We’re doing this because we have no guarantee we will receive our delivery on the date indicated by the government, and we want to avoid patients presenting for their appointment when we have no vaccines.
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.
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.
During the first phase, we will be prioritising those with complex medical conditions and immunocompromised patients. You will be notified and booked in for a vaccination if this applies to you.
How to book
Bookings for COVID-19 vaccinations are available to patients eligible under Phase 1b of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. If you are eligible, please book via HotDoc below. If you prefer, you can also book your appointment by calling us on (02) 6495 2555.
Please be patient while waiting for an appointment, as we will be opening our online bookings when we receive our vaccine deliveries. Our first available bookings will be given to our high priority patients and people eligible for Phase 1B.
For more information on Phase 1b, head to the Department of Health website.
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, 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 COVID-19 vaccines is given in two doses with 12 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.
Government update r.e. AstraZeneca Side Effects
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 andan 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 50 years old who have not already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?
Yes. The individual benefit-to-risk balance of vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine varies with age. 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 50 years and over.
I have had my first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, what do I do now?
If you have had your first vaccine dose without this side effect or other serious adverse effects, you should receive your second dose as planned.
What if I am worried about side effects?
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’m booked in for my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, what do I do?
If you are an adult aged under 50 years, you should only receive a first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine where the benefit of receiving the vaccine clearly outweighs the risk in your individual circumstance. You may wish to discuss your individual benefit-to-risk balance with your doctor.
Generally, if you have not already received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, then the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is preferred in adults aged under 50 years.
Information about how to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available on the Department of Health website shortly.
If you would like to talk about this with your doctor, please talk to our receptionists to book a time. If you are 50 years of age or older, you can still receive your AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.