COVID-19 Vaccines @ GSHealth
Updated 1st September 2021 by Dr Daniel Chanisheff
- All bookings are to be made online via HotDoc – either using the app or the book online button at the top of this page
- We do not make bookings over the phone and cannot help you this way, so to save yourself some time, don’t call and please book online.
- If you have received an email that you made a booking – it is confirmed – no need to call.
- If you have stated you are an existing patient when booking in, or have booked in for a second dose, but haven’t received a first dose – we will cancel your appointment without notice
- Please read on for more detailed information
To receive a vaccine at Green Square Health;
You must have an active Medicare Card
This means you have a card under your name and is in date. Reciprocal medicare cards are ok, but you must have an active, eligible number. If you are waiting for a medicare card, we can not provide the vaccine until it has been approved.
If you do not have a medicare card please attend a NSW Health Vaccination hub by going through the eligibility checker and saying NO when they ask about Medicare. It will show you the list of sites you can obtain a vaccine.
You must be currently eligible for the vaccine you have booked in for
The best way to know this is follow the vaccine eligibility checker before you make your booking. Our staff can not answer this for you, and as much as we’d like to help, we would end up referring you back to the elgibility checker.
You must book online
The only way to book a vaccine at Green Square Health is to book online through HotDoc. You can click the book online at the top of our website, or you can download the HotDoc app. If it says there are availabilities but it prevents you from booking, this unfortuately means there are no bookings available. There is a small error that displays this even though we have no vaccines to give.
If you have managed to book a vaccination appointment, you will receive a confirmation through your email, and instructions to complete your consent form, and new patient form. If you have received this email, you have a booking and will receive a reminder 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. Please ensure you have this email to show on the day if there are any issues. If you have this email – please do not call to double check. Our answer will be, if you have the email – you have a booking.
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) vaccine
- We offer AstraZeneca to all patients with a medicare card aged 18 and over
- Due to high call volumes, we are unable to offer bookings over the phone.
- We administer Astrazeneca on Monday, Thursday and Friday
- Book your appointment by clicking on Book Appointment on gshealth.com.au, the green Book Appointment button on the HotDoc popup, then after a few prompts, select AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Dose 1 or Dose 2
- If you have booked your first, it will prompt you to book your second – please book it between 4-6 weeks after your first
Pfizer (Cominarty) vaccine
- We offer Pfizer to all patients with a medicare card aged 16-59, and eligible 12-15 year olds – please bring evidence of eligibilty or a signed and completed page 1 of the eligibility declaration form
- If you are 60 and over, and have certification that you are eligible for Pfizer listed below, you must bring this evidence with you in person or you will be turned away on the day – the usual eligibility declaration form does not apply – please bring with you this signed form from your doctor.
- Due to high call volumes, we are unable to offer bookings over the phone.
- We administer Pfizer on Saturday afternoon only
- Book your appointment by clicking on Book Appointment on gshealth.com.au, the green Book Appointment button on the HotDoc popup, then after a few prompts, select Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Dose 1 – Under 60 years
- We do not offer bookings for second doses who have not had their first dose with us – this is to ensure we can fully immunise anyone we give a first dose to
- If you have booked your first, it will prompt you to book your second – please book it between 3-6 weeks after your first dose
AstraZeneca and TTS (Thrombosis with Thrombocytopaenia Syndrome)
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.
ALL BOOKINGS TO BE MADE ONLINE – DO NOT CALLBook Appointment
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:
- Spring St General Practice/Bondi Junction Respiratory Clinic
- Inner West GP Respiratory Clinic
- Via a NSW COVID-19 immunisation centre
Pfizer eligibility for people aged 60 and over, or who have had a first dose of AstraZeneca
- If you are over 60 – you are only eligible for Pfizer if the following applies and you have a letter from your treating specialist or GP attesting to the below
- A past history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST)
- A past history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)
- A past history of idiopathic splanchnic (mesenteric, portal and splenic) venous thrombosis
- Anti-phospholipid syndrome with thrombosis
- You have had anaphylaxis to a previous dose of Astrazeneca or an ingredient of the vaccine
- You suffered thrombosis with thrombocytopenia (TTS) after your first dose
- Other serious adverse events following your first dose of AstraZeneca (not including fever, soreness, headaches that are expected effects of the vaccination)
- You must bring this form – signed by your doctor – for us to be able to provide the vaccine to you
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 reiterate 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.Book Appointment
You’ll be able to book in for a slot, and we ask that you arrive at 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?
For the AstraZeneca vaccine – clinics will run on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and the entrance is at the back.
Once booked, please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled 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.
For the Pfizer vaccine – clinics will run on Saturday afternoon from 1:30pm, and the entrance will be at the FRONT.
Same as above please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled time and bring your face mask, and line up at the FRONT door, to the right of the door (where the TV is).
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.
Please check this website to learn more.