LATEST UPDATE on CoVid VACCINATION - 30th August 2021 Authorised workers priority appointments VACCINES REMAIN THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND OUR COMMUNITY NOW AND GOING FORWARD
The current recommendations for vaccinations are
- ATAGI advises that while Comirnaty (the PFIZER VACCINE) is preferred over COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca from the age of 16 to under 60 years based ONLY on data regarding TTS cases in Australia and a assessment of current age-specific risks and benefits of vaccination
- In reality both Astra Zeneca and Pfizer vaccines are equally effective at preventing death and hospitalisation and have very similar levels of adverse reactions
- Astra Zeneca should be considered for all over 18 in the Sydney region as the risks of Covid infection far out weigh any risk from vaccination
- COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca can be used in adults aged under 60 years for whom Comirnaty 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.
- People of any age without contraindications who have had their first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca without any serious adverse events should receive the second dose.
- ATAGI reinforces the importance of providing clear communications to people who have received or are considering COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, and notes guidance documents for consumers, for primary care and for hospitals are being continually revised to accommodate this new recommendation.
Link to the ATAGI Recommendations 23 July 2021
Link to ATAGI Advice on weighing up risks and benefits
Link to Practice advice on TTS
Link to ATAGI Advise on vaccines in teenagers
ATAGI supports completion of a two-dose schedule with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, based on current evidence. The risk of TTS following a second dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is much lower than the risk following a first dose. The UK has reported 23 TTS cases in 15.7 million people after receiving a second dose, an estimated rate of 1.5 per million second doses (compared to a reported risk of 14.2 per million first doses in the UK).
The Mt Druitt Medical Centre will be providing Covid-19 Vaccinations clinic for all adults.
Please call 02 9625 8888 to book your appointment. We are now providing vaccinations to everyone 18 years and older. We are currently only able to offer the Astra Zeneca and Pfizer Vaccines. 2 doses , 12 weeks apart is the ideal schedule for the Astra Zeneca vaccine to be administered - however due to this current outbreak with high levels of circulating Coronavirus, we recommend a booster dose be given at 4-6 weeks. Pfizer vaccines are now recommended to be given 6 weeks apart. Currently - anyone at high contact risk (such as living in hot spot regions) - should consider bringing their 2nd dose forward if they have not had it.
We have LIMITED SUPPLY
of Pfizer vaccines and all adults should consider the AstraZeneca Vaccine as an alternative. We have allocated our current Pfizer vaccines. We will be receiving our next delivery on the 3rd September 2021, please call for an appointment after this date. The delivery will only be 150 doses and for our regular patients only
so please be patient with availability. We are not accepting any new patients at the time.
The Covid -19 vaccine program will be ongoing for many months.Vaccines give very strong, and sustained, protection against the severe forms of COVID-19. Every person who is vaccinated will be helping to protect the health of their family, friends and community.
From 30 August 2021, everyone 16 and over will be eligible for a vaccination : - Currently register through here : Health Direct Eligibility Checker
Everyone 18 and over in Australia is eligible to receive the Astra Zeneca Vaccine.
Pfizer vaccines are available for anyone between 16 and 59
You can use this link to check your eligibility Health Direct Eligibility Checker
PLEASE NOTE THAT VACCINES CAN ALSO BE OBTAINED THROUGH THE NSW HEALTH HUBS, OUTSIDE OF THE ABOVE CRITERIA
Vaccinations are currently available through the NSW Health Vaccine hubs. You can register for these here : https://apply.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-vac-register
Access to COVID-19 vaccines will increase in 2021 as greater supply becomes available. More than 4600 primary care vaccination sites are part of the rollout – including approximately 4400 general practices.
It will take us some time to get all eligible patients vaccinated.Consent form
, please print and complete ready for your appointment. thank you
We will update this information on a regular basis. Thank you.