ATAGI has extended the recommendation for a winter booster (or 4th dose) of a COVID-19 vaccine to adults aged over 50 years, from July 11. This booster is also available for adults aged 30 - 49 years old.
Page updated July 7, 2022. Please check this page regularly so we can let you know what we know when we know it!
*QHealth mask mandates are still in place for healthcare facilities (including general practices) so please continue to bring and wear your facial mask while waiting and during your appointments*
IMPORTANT: If you have respiratory symptoms, please call reception to reschedule your appointment
NOTE: ATAGI recommends an 8 week dose interval between the primary doses for Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax. This can be reduced to a minimum of 3 weeks for Pfizer or 4 weeks for Moderna for people at high risk of severe COVID-19, in an outbreak or prior to international travel. Boosters can be given from 3 months or longer after the previous Covid-19 vaccines, or from 3 months after a confirmed covid infection.
ATAGI strongly recommends the additional boosters for the following groups as they are at greatest risk
The 4th booster dose can be given from 3 months or longer after the first booster dose, or from 3 months after a confirmed Covid-19 infection if the infection happened after the first booster dose.
The flu vaccine can be given at the same time as COVID-19 vaccines, but if you are not yet eligible for the Covid vaccine, you can have your flu vaccine first.
The mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) are the preferred booster vaccines and these are the ones that we are offering. Where possible, we will accommodate your preference, however we don’t always have both brands available. AstraZeneca can be used if an mRNA is contraindicated, or AstraZeneca is preferred and the Novavax can be used if no other COVID-19 vaccine is considered suitable, however you would need to go to another vaccine provider for these. A list of vaccine providers is available online through the vaccine clinic finder.
As of the 8th of April, 2022, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) provisionally approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, for use as a booster in individuals aged 12 to 15 years old.
On June 9th, 2022, ATAGI recommended booster doses for people who are aged 12-15 years AND who:
Boosters can be given from 3 months or longer after the primary course of the Covid-19 vaccine, or from 3 months after a confirmed covid infection if the infection happened after the primary course.
The TGA has granted approval for the Pfizer vaccine to be administered to children from age 5 and up. ATAGI have authorised a lower dose of the vaccine (1/3 of the adult dose) to be given 8 weeks apart, from January 10, 2022. Appointments for the 100 doses a week we have been allocated are now available via HotDoc
Weekday appointments are available. Please book your second appointment when you book your first.
Appointments at Belmont General Practice Clinic are also now open, and can be booked via HotDoc
Note: Anyone aged 5 years and over who is severely immunocompromised can receive three primary doses of vaccine. This third dose can be provided 2 to 6 months after the second dose.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE! Your child’s consent form must be completed online to secure their first appointment. If your child has special needs such as sensory processing issues, ASD or needle phobia, please book an appointment but email the clinic on firstname.lastname@example.org attention Vaccine Co-ordinator with the appropriate details so we can make this as seamless as possible.
Weekday appointments are available and can be booked online via the link below:
We are vaccinating with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
We will not be offering the Novavax vaccine.
Bookings at other sites can be made online through the vaccine clinic finder, or on your phone through the Qld check-in app (you will need to download the latest version).
Booster doses are recommended for everyone over the age of 16.
We are boosting with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Where possible, we will accommodate your preference, however we don’t always have both brands available.
We will NOT be offering Novavax.
Bookings at other sites (including those offering Novavax) can be made online through the vaccine clinic finder, or on your phone through the Qld check-in app (you will need to download the latest version).
Boosters are now recommended after completion of primary course from: 3 months as of 24 Jan 2022
Those who are severely immunocompromised can have their 3rd dose of vaccine from 2 months after their second dose (see the eligibility list)
All those who were eligible for 3rd dose primary course due to severe immunocompromise can now have a 4th booster dose at 3 months and a winter booster (5th dose) at 4 months after the 3rd dose
Winter boosters are now available for those who meet the above eligibility criteria
If you have had a bad reaction to Moderna or Pfizer, AstraZeneca can be used instead and the Novavax can be used if no other COVID-19 vaccine is considered suitable, however you would need to go to another vaccine provider for these. A list of vaccine providers is available online through the vaccine clinic finder.
Please note: If you have had your Covid vaccines elsewhere, we will need to view your certificate to confirm when you had your previous doses
Before your vaccination appointment, you should make sure that your contact and Medicare details are up to date.
You can also read this factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health for preparing for Covid-19 vaccination
You should receive an electronic consent form to complete when you book through HotDoc, which is our preferred method. However, if you are unable to book online, please ask reception for a printed version of the consent form when you arrive for your vaccination appointment.
Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:
If you are a new patient to the clinic, it would be helpful if you could bring a Health Summary from your current G.P. with you to your vaccination appointment.
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. *ATAGI no longer recommends against coadministration of a Covid-19 vaccine with other vaccines, however we recommend you discuss it further with your GP.
An uncommon side effect of the vaccines is swelling of the lymph nodes. Screening mammograms should be done prior to vaccination or 4-6 weeks after your covid vaccine.
Continue to practice Covid-safe behaviours: cover your mouth when you cough, wash your hands, keep your distance, avoid contact with sick people and large crowds, wear a mask, get tested and then stay home if you're sick.
Regularly check this page for further instructions.
While everyone who is living in Australia is funded to receive a vaccine, funding for vaccinations in general practice is limited to those who have a Medicare Card. If you are ineligible for Medicare, you can receive a vaccine at no cost at other sites.
HealthDirect has more information about how to get vaccinated if you are not eligible for Medicare.
The conditions of approval for these vaccines include close monitoring of your side effects. Please see here for some information about vaccine side effects and instructions for what to do after your vaccination.
If you have recently had your first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and are having side effects that you are worried about, please use the vaccine side effect checker, ask your GP, or call 13HEALTH and follow the advice.
QLD Health also has a COVID-19 adverse event following immunisation reporting form which you may access here.
If you need a copy of your Covid-19 vaccination certificate, you can access it:
through the Medicare app, your MyGov account, or My Health Record (instructions here)
by calling the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 and asking them to post your immunisation history statement
Your digital vaccination certificate can be linked to your Check In Qld app (ensure you upgrade to the latest version). Detailed instructions here.
Printed copies of your COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or international COVID-19 vaccination certificate, can also be used as proof of Covid-19 vaccination
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