Covid-19 Vaccinations

We are a Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination clinic 

All COVID-19 Vaccinations need to be booked online via HotDoc 

Page updated July 31, 2021. Please check this page regularly so we can let you know what we know when we know it! 

Please note: THE ONLY APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE FOR COVID-19 VACCINATIONS ARE THE ONES WHICH ARE VISIBLE ONLINE.  PLEASE DO NOT CALL RECEPTION AS THEY ARE UNABLE TO BOOK YOU AN APPOINTMENT IF THERE ARE NONE.  WE ALSO CANNOT TAKE DOWN YOUR DETAILS AND NOTIFY YOU WHEN AN APPOINTMENT BECOMES AVAILABLE. 

ABUSE OF OUR RECEPTIONISTS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. THEY ARE HERE TO ASSIST YOU AND ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ROLLOUT.

 More Pfizer appointments soon, please check back regularly.  AstraZeneca available. 

PLEASE BOOK ONLINE VIA THE BELOW LINKS 

Are you aged 60 or over?

We will be giving the AstraZeneca* vaccine during the week, with the exception of the second doses for those who had their first dose on a Saturday – these will be moved to Saturday mornings

*AstraZeneca continues to be the only Covid-19 vaccine we are able to administer to those 60 years and older unless you work or volunteer in a residential aged care facility, in which case you have the choice of Astrazeneca or Pfizer 

We do not expect to have sufficient Pfizer vaccines in Australia to be able to give everyone the choice of Pfizer or Moderna until late 2021. 

Please book a weekday appointment online for your ASTRAZENECA vaccine* 

Book for an ASTRAZENECA vaccine (existing patient)
Book for an ASTRAZENECA vaccine (new patient)

CONSENT FORM (AstraZeneca and Pfizer)
Resources for Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine
*In response to the Delta cases in Brisbane (July 31), we are making more appointments available for the AstraZeneca vaccine.  Please monitor this site as we will put direct links for booking by HotDoc here as soon as they are available. 
You can also book an appointment for an AstraZeneca vaccination at Belmont General Practice Clinic here if you are an existing patient or here if you are a new patient.

If you are aged 18-40 years and interested in having an AstraZeneca vaccine, please review this resource and, if you wish to proceed, book a regular appointment to discuss this option.

Are you under 60 and eligible for a Pfizer vaccine?

We will roll out the Pfizer vaccines through weekend clinics starting July 10 – dose 1 will be given on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and dose 2 will be given 3 weeks (21 days) after the first vaccine

Pfizer vaccine is now recommended for all Australians between the ages of 40 and 60 and to those over the age of 16 who fall into the eligibility criteria (see below)

Please book a weekend appointment online for your PFIZER vaccine 

Book for a PFIZER vaccine (existing patient)
Book for a PFIZER vaccine (new patient)
CONSENT FORM (Pfizer and Astrazeneca)

Resources for COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine
3 minute video on preparing for your first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
Short video on preparing for your second dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine

If you are between 40 and 60 years old or under 40 and eligible, OR if you have had your first Pfizer dose elsewhere, you are also able to book at a Respiratory and vaccination clinic (click here for the HotDoc booking page to check locations and appointment times) ​or QHealth site using the eligibility checker to find a list of vaccination clinics with Pfizer.

Bookings can be made online through the “make a booking” link provided in the eligibility checker, or by going directly to the Queensland Health vaccine booking registration page.  If patients have difficulties registering online, they can call 134 COVID (13 42 68).

If you have had your first Pfizer dose elsewhere

We are sorry, but due to the small numbers of vaccine we are receiving each week (150 doses/week from July 19) and the logistics of organising bookings, we are only able to book for second doses where we gave the first dose

Current advice from Queensland Health is that they will prioritise second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and that people should persist in calling to book an appointment at a QHealth clinic.  

You are also able to book for a Pfizer vaccine at a Respiratory and Vaccination Clinic (click here for the HotDoc booking page to check locations and appointment times)

Please note the following:

Our Pfizer supply is very limited, so appointments will be limited to start with and if you have had your first dose somewhere else, we are not able to give your second dose, at this time

We will release more appointments for Pfizer once we have more vaccines, so do keep checking

If you book an appointment, you must be available for the second shot in 3 weeks’ time – we have very little flexibility due to the small numbers of vaccine and the nature of the vaccine itself (once diluted, it must be used within 6 hours)

If you have had your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, it is recommended that you have AstraZeneca as the second dose regardless of your age

  • The very low risk of blood clotting after the first vaccine is very, very, very low after the second dose
  • We are not able, at this time, to give you a Pfizer vaccine if you have already had an AstraZeneca vaccine

So, who can get which Covid-19 vaccine?

AstraZeneca eligibility criteria

Regardless of age, everyone can have their second dose of AstraZeneca, unless there were significant side effects such as anaphylaxis or clotting associated with the first dose

All Australians aged 60 and over

All Australians aged over 18 and under 60 years, if Pfizer is not available, the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks for that individual and the person has made an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits (a decision support aid is available here)

Pfizer eligibility criteria

All Australians 40 to 59 years of age

All Australians who work or volunteer in a residential aged care facility, aged 16 and over (including over the age of 60)

All Australians who are pregnant, aged 16 and over

All Australians aged 16 to 39 years of age AND who are

  • Quarantine and border workers
  • Health care workers
  • Aged care and disability care residents and staff
  • People with an underlying medical condition or significant disability
  • Critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
  • Individuals with an Australian Border Force outwards travel exemption in an eligible category
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander 
  • A NDIS participant
  • A carer for an NDIS participant
  • Temporary visa holders aged under 50 years who are currently in Australia and have been approved for return travel to Australia through the travel exemption process

The following people are also eligible for a Pfizer vaccine at a QHealth site:

Any worker in the following industries, aged 16 and over (including over the age of 60):

  • Aged care and disability care workers
  • Healthcare workers
  • Quarantine and border workers
  • Critical and high risk workers (e.g., defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing)
  • Household contacts of quarantine workers, border workers and healthcare workers who are at a higher risk of having contact with COVID-positive patients

Request for Pfizer vaccine in over 60s

In line with the Australian government policy, the only vaccines that are available for over 60s in General Practice Clinics are AstraZeneca, with the exception of people who work or volunteer in a residential aged care facility, who can choose to have the Pfizer vaccine

If you are over 60 and not working or volunteering in a residential aged care facility, despite what you might have heard, you are only able to receive a Pfizer vaccine if you are actually allergic to the AstraZeneca vaccine, having had your first dose, or you have one of four extremely rare blood clotting disorders - cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia/thrombosis, idiopathic splanchnic (mesenteric, portal, splenic) vein thrombosis or antiphospholipid syndrome with thrombosis. If you have advice from a specialist that you should have a Pfizer vaccine, please ask them to write a letter stating that and why, and book with QHealth for this (our criteria are set by the Commonwealth Government)

Who

All adults who are aged 18 years and older are now eligible for an AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination, Pfizer is preferred for those under 60 years of age, see above.  All adults who are aged 40 to 59 years are now eligible for a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination, see above for additional eligibility for those over the age of 16 who fall into higher risk groups.

What should I do now? 

Before your vaccination appointment, you should make sure that your contact and Medicare details are up to date.  

You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health for preparing for Covid-19 vaccination, and some tips for being ready for your vaccine here

Take a look over the vaccination consent form, which is provided for your information.  

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.  

If you have allergies/a history of anaphylaxis, are immunocompromised, pregnant, or have various medical conditions such as cancer or bleeding disorders, please read and complete these forms and bring them with you to your vaccination appointment:

Allergy information

Immunocompromised

Advice for various medical conditions

Blood clotting conditions

Here is a checklist to assist you to get ready for your 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.

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 7 days* before your Covid-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.

*There should be a gap of 14 days between live vaccines and a Covid vaccine.

An uncommon side effect of the Pfizer vaccine is swelling of the lymph nodes.  Screening mammograms should be done prior to vaccination or 4-6 weeks after your second Pfizer vaccine dose.

Continue to practice Covid-safe behaviours:  cover your mouth when you cough, keep your distance, wash your hands, get tested and then stay home if you're sick.

Regularly check this page for further instructions.

Is the Pfizer vaccine safe? 

Yes.

What about the heart thing?

We are monitoring an emerging issue - the U.S. Food and Drug Administration added a warning on June 25, 2021 to the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) about myocarditis and pericarditis after the second dose, with the onset of symptoms typically within a few days after receiving the shot. 

This is mostly in those aged under 30, men more than women, and, with ~ 300 million shots having been given, the incidence is 12.6 cases per million doses.

The symptoms are usually mild - chest pain, shortness of breath and heart palpitations - and short lived.

Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?

Yes, for those over the age of 60.  

What about blood clots?

There is evidence of a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia). This is more common and more aggressive in younger people.

For information about blood clots as a side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, click here. 

Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe in people who have had blood clots in the past?

Pfizer vaccine is recommended in people who have had one of the following rare causes of blood clots:  cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, idiopathic splanchnic thrombosis or antiphospholipid syndrome with thrombosis.

If you have had other types of blood clots in the past, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE), or if you have risk factors for blood clots, you can still have the AstraZeneca vaccine.  There is no evidence that people who have had a past history of other types of blood clots have an increased risk of developing TTS or becoming more ill from it if it occurs.

People with the following conditions can receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine:

  • History of blood clots in typical sites
  • Increased clotting tendency that is not immune-mediated
  • Family history of blood clots
  • History of ischaemic heart disease or stroke
  • Current or past thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)
  • Those receiving anticoagulation therapy

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Cost

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 Commonwealth funded GP Respiratory Clinics (the list is here) or at State funded vaccine clinics.  Bookings can be made through the eligibility checker.

HealthDirect has more information about how to get vaccinated if you are not eligible for Medicare.

After your vaccination

The conditions of approval for the 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.

Opening Hours

Monday 7.00am - 9.00pm
Tuesday 7.00am - 9.00pm
Wednesday 7.00am - 9.00pm
Thursday 7.00am - 9.00pm
Friday 7.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 8.00am - 11.30am
Sunday 9.00am - 1.00pm

Phones open ***Our phones are continuing to have extended waiting times. Please book your Covid-19 vaccines online where possible*** 7.15am Weekdays, 7.30am Saturdays, and 8.30am on Sundays - IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19, PLEASE PHONE US DIRECTLY. DO NOT PRE

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