Covid-19 Vaccinations

We are a COVID-19 vaccination clinic 

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

Page updated September 21, 2021. Please check this page regularly so we can let you know what we know when we know it! 

People aged 12 years and over are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine
Bookings for Pfizer (Comirnaty) and AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) are now open, booking links below

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.

You can also register your interest in having a Pfizer vaccination at a QHealth site here.

Due for your second AstraZeneca vaccine?

We will be giving the AstraZeneca vaccine during the week.

If you have had a first dose, unless you are pregnant or had a severe reaction, a second dose is appropriate 

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
Short video on preparing for your first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Short video on preparing for your second dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

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.

Are you aged 12 years and over and wanting to book for a Pfizer vaccine?

We have dedicated Pfizer vaccination clinics on weekends  – dose 1 will be given on a Saturday afternoon.  We will book your second dose, which will be given at least 3 weeks after the first vaccine.   

The Pfizer vaccine is recommended for all Australians aged 12 years and over 

Please book an 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
You can also book a weekday appointment for a Pfizer vaccination online at Belmont General Practice Clinic here.

 

Bookings for AstraZeneca or Pfizer can also be made at Respiratory and Vaccination Clinics (click here for the HotDoc booking page to check locations and appointment times) or QHealth clinics using the eligibility checker or for AstraZeneca at an increasing number of pharmacies.   Moderna vaccine (similar to Pfizer) will be available in pharmacies later in September. 

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 and the logistics of organising bookings, we have very limited capacity to book for second doses where we did not give the first dose

Queensland Health have advised that they will prioritise second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and that people should persist in trying to book online or 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 limited, hence so are our appointments. 

We will release appointments for Pfizer progressively.

This allows us to stay flexible as supplies change.

If you book an appointment, please be available for the second shot in 3 weeks' time.  We have a little flexibility due to the numbers of vaccine we are receiving, but not much.

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
  • Unless you are pregnant, we are not able, at this time, to give you a Pfizer vaccine if you have already had an AstraZeneca vaccine

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 people who are aged 12 years and over are now eligible for a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination.  

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 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.  

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

Click through for further information on immunising children or during pregnancy.

Click here for an Australian Government information sheet for teens and parents/guardians.

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?

A warning has been added to the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) about myocarditis and pericarditis, which is more common after the second dose. The onset of symptoms is 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 varies depending upon gender and age
The symptoms are usually mild - chest pain, shortness of breath and heart palpitations - and short lived, but hospitalisation may be required for treatment with anti-inflammatories 

A deep dive into the statistics (published September 6, 2021) for myocarditis/pericarditis is available on Science-Based Medicine

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 and Vaccination 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 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.

Vaccine certificate

If you need a copy of your Covid-19 vaccination certificate, you will find instructions 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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