READ BEFORE BOOKING
WE DO NOT HAVE ONLINE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE FOR COVID VACCINES. PLEASE CALL 3254 1400 OR COME IN TO MAKE A BOOKING.
To book a COVID 19 Vaccination you need to fall within the Phase 1B eligibility criteria as outlined on our website.
If you are not a current patient of the practice we ask you confirm with your GP they are not administering Phase 1B vaccine and you will need to provide evidence of eligibility. This evidence may include a Drivers License to prove your age, a pay slip to prove your profession or documentation of your medical history.
COVID VACCINE PHASES
There is an Eligibility Checker on the Department of Health website that you can check to see if you are eligible for Phase 1b. Vaccination is voluntary but strongly encouraged.
Includes front line health care workers, Nursing Home residents and Nursing Home staff and they are currently being given the Pfizer Vaccine. This is being centrally coordinated by the government.
The AstraZenica vaccine is being given to the following eligible groups:
* Adults over 70,+ All other health care workers (including other Merthyr Medical staff)
* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55
* Critical and high-risk workers (defence, fire, emergency services etc)*
* People between 18 and 69 with disability or underlying condition (see table below. click to enlarge table.)
Adults over 50 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 18-54.
The remaining adult population (over 18).
Those under 18’s if it is recommended they be vaccinated.
COVID VACCINE CLINIC
ABOUT THE CLINIC
We will start giving the AstraZenica COVID 19 vaccinations for Phase 1b eligible people on March 22, 2021.
Covid vaccines will be available during a special out-of-hours clinic that will run from 5pm to 7pm Monday to Thursday nights. Due to vaccine scarcity during this phase, you will not be able to receive a COVID vaccine during a consultation and you will need to attend the after-hours clinic.
HOW CAN I BOOK?
*You can book by visiting the practice or calling the practice on 33555211.
* To minimise wastage SMS appointment reminders will be sent out and we will phone you on the day of your vaccination to confirm your appointment for that evening.
ON THE NIGHT
* You will need to provide evidence of your eligibility for the vaccine when you arrive.
* If you are a current patient of the practice, we will have this information on file
* All new patients will need to provide a driver’s license, letter from doctor regarding medical conditions (or similar) to prove eligibility.
* Verbal or written consent is required before you can have the vaccination. If you are unable to verbally consent a paper form needs to be completed prior to going in to see the GP. Consent forms will be available on our website, and in print form at reception.
*Once vaccinated, will need to wait in the clinic until 15 minutes has elapsed.
* Our receptionist will book you in for your second dose before you leave
* The vaccine needs 2 doses ideally 12 weeks apart, but they can be given as close as 4 weeks apart. Current advice is you should have a minimum of 14 days between the COVID vaccination and a flu vaccination.
* The receptionist can also print out a report to prove you have had the vaccination if you need it for work purposes etc.
* PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DISCUSS ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE VACCINE. IF YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR FOR ANY REASON, YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT IN CLINIC HOURS.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
* The vaccine is government funded for all citizens, permanent residents and most visa holders.
* The vaccine is also provided free for residents who are not Medicare eligible – ask our receptionist for more information , and they can get their vaccination at a Respiratory Clinic for no cost
* Covid vaccination clinic appointments are bulk billed so there is no charge to patients.