COVID-19 Vaccines @ GSHealth

- 9 March 2021

I’ll keep this short, sharp and factual.

Update – info about the COVID-19 vaccine and blood clots

Please read THIS BLOG POST by Dr Daniel Chanisheff, and watch the video for information about blood clots and the risk benefit analysis you might consider before deciding if you’re ready.

UPDATE – VACCINES HAVE ARRIVED – BOOKINGS AVAILABLE ONLINE – DO NOT CALL

We are delighted to inform that the vaccine has arrived, and we will be taking bookings for vaccinations for people in phase 1b for Thursday the 25th of March.

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GSHealth will be delivering the Astra-Zeneca vaccine from late March 2021

This is part of phase 1b of the National Vaccine Rollout Strategy. We will be supplied with 100 vaccines a week (80 in the first week), and will run a vaccine clinic that is outside of our normal clinic schedule so it can be done properly, without interfering with regular day to day delivery of healthcare.

General eligibility

As the aim is to immunise as many people as possible, there will be no cost for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. This means no cost for the vaccination itself, and no cost fo the service of attending a clinic. However due to regulations that are beyond me, at Green Square Health we can only immunise people who have a Medicare Card.

If you are one of our many patients who do not have a Medicare Card, we sincerely apologise we’re not able to provide the vaccine to you. However you can still get your vaccine free of charge via a GP Respiratory Clinic. The closest to us are listed below:

  1. Spring St General Practice/Bondi Junction Respiratory Clinic
    https://www.springstreetgp.com.au/contact/
  2. Inner West GP Respiratory Clinic
    https://www.iwrespclinic.com.au/

Who is eligible for phase 1b?

Check online via the Vaccines Eligibility Checker to see what category you fall under. But as at the 7th of March.

Click to see what phase you are eligible for

These include:

  • Adults aged 70 years and older
  • Healthcare workers not included under phase 1a
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients aged 55 years and older
  • Adults with a specified medical condition, including:
    • organ transplant recipients who are on immune suppressive therapy
    • people who have had a bone marrow transplant in the last 24 months
    • people on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease
    • people who have haematological cancers, for example, leukaemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome, diagnosed within the last 5 years
    • people having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
    • people with chronic renal (kidney) failure
    • people with heart disease such as coronary heart disease or failure
    • people with chronic lung disease, excluding mild or moderate asthma
    • people who have a non-haematological cancer, diagnosed in the last 12 months
    • people who have diabetes
    • people with severe obesity, with a Body Mass Index of 40 or over
    • people with chronic liver disease
    • people with some neurological conditions including stroke and dementia
    • people with some chronic inflammatory conditions and treatments
    • people with other primary or acquired immunodeficiency, including HIV
    • people with poorly controlled blood pressure
  • Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing

How do I prove I’m eligible?

If you are a regular patient of ours, and we know about your medical condition – you don’t need to do anything.

However if you are coming to us for the first time – ask your regular clinic to either upload your history to the myhealth record, or to print you a health summary with your condition listed. Without this we won’t be able to provide the vaccination.

If you are a critical and high risk worker, please bring your work ID.

I’m not in 1b, what phases are next?

Next will be 2a. Again the eligibility tracker will clarify what phase you are in, so please check this.

However 2a includes:

  • Adults aged 50-69
  • Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander patients aged 18-54
  • Other critical and high risk workers (this doesn’t seem to be clarified yet – please stay tuned)

Stage 2b is essentially all other adults who didn’t qualify for the groups above.

The timing of the phases will depend on how soon we can vaccinate the phase before. The Health Department will announce when each phase will begin, and as soon as we know we’ll shout it from the rooftops.

I have questions about the vaccine, who do I talk to?

In order to deliver vaccines in a planned and appropriate fashion, we ask that you do not book for a vaccine unless you are committed to receiving the vaccine that day. As the clinic is geared to vaccinate safely and efficiently, during the online booking process we will ask questions to ensure you are eligible. We ask only those who want to go ahead on the day book.

If you want to know more, we suggest making an appointment with your regular GP to discuss at a time that suits you. This might be while you are attending for something else, but there won’t be the time available on the day of vaccination to go through any further detailed history or answer detailed questions. But over the coming days and weeks I hope to answer all of these via this blog, our youtube page and on social media.

I have questions regarding the vaccine, is there a phone number I can call?

The COVID-19 National helpline is available to answer any questions 1800 020 080 (but remember, it’s a government service, so expect to be on hold).

We strongly ask that you don’t call the clinic to ask questions about the vaccine or to book an appointment. If you wan’t to book, please book via our website or the hotdoc app.

Our admin are superstars in their own right, but they aren’t clinical staff, and with everyone working together to acheive 10 million vaccinations by October, we won’t be able to return individual calls.

We know that there are unique situations that might apply to every person, and the person that understands you best is your regular GP. So please book in to see them however you usually would.

Ok I’m in. How do I book my vaccine?

We’ll be using our online booking provider HotDoc to take all vaccine appointments.

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You’ll be able to book in for a slot, and we ask that you arrive to the front of the clinic just before your allocated time.

As we’ll be preparing the vaccine stock according to the number of bookings, please ensure you cancel your appointment if there is a chance you can’t attend.

What will the process be?

Once booked, please arrive 5 minutes before your schedule time and bring your face mask, and line up at our BACK DOOR just off Powell Street. A reception staff will be there to check you in, ensure you have understood the process and check your identity.

We ask that unless there is a medical reason (lymph node clearance, AV fistula, amputation) that you have the immunisation in your left arm.

Please wear a t-shirt or singlet that can easily be pulled up.

Our reception will guide you down the hall to the immunisation room, where one of our doctors or nurses will check your name, deliver vaccine, put a bandaid on your arm, and ask you to continue down the hall to the back of the clinic where another reception staff awaits.

Here you’ll be offered a seat and asked to wait for 15 minutes to monitor for any rare but acute reactions. After 15 minutes if you feel well, you can continue on, and we’ll rebook you in 3 months for your booster vaccine.

Where can I find proof of immunisation?

If you have a Medicare card, you’ll need to create a MyGov account and link the two services.

Ensure all your contact details and information is up to date, then when you receive your vaccine, the clinic will update the batch number and name of vaccination to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). the clinic will upload the data at the end of each day, but it can take a few days to appear on your immunisation history statement.

If you DO NOT have a Medicare card, you’ll need to request for an Individual Health Identifier from Services Australia. Then you can check your immunisation history through the MyHealth record.

Please check this website to learn more.

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