Coronavirus (COVID -19)

CURRENT COVID INFORMATION 21st July 2021

During the current Covid-19 outbreak in South Australia and for the safety of our patients and staff, we encourage telehealth appointments (where safe and possible).

All patients are required to wear a Face Mask in the clinic

COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE

Belair Family Health Centre is now involved in the covid-19 vaccine roll out commencing 22nd June 2021.  Astra Zeneca vaccine will be available to those 60 years and over.  If you are under 60 years,  you can check if you are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine via the eligibility checker https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility 

UPDATE 21st JUNE

 What is the new ATAGI advice?
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have reviewed their advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine. They have recommended that Pfizer is the preferred vaccine for people aged under 60 years. This doesn’t change who is currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, but it means if you are under 60 it is preferred you get the Pfizer vaccine.

Why has the advice changed?
ATAGI have made this recommendation because of new evidence that shows the risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome) in the 50 – 59 age group is higher than initially thought.

I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca, should I get Pfizer for my second dose?
No, this isn’t necessary. If you have had your first AstraZeneca vaccine dose without any serious side effects, you can receive your second dose as planned.  To ensure maximum long term immunity, it is important you receive two doses of the same COVID-19 vaccine.

I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca, and have side effects that I am worried about. What should I do?
If you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about, book an appointment for you to see your doctor.

I am 60 years or over, is the AstraZeneca vaccine still safe for me?                                  Yes the AstraZeneca vaccine is still safe for you. The risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome), is much lower in people aged 60 years and over. Additionally, if you are aged 60 and over you are much more likely to become seriously unwell if you catch COVID-19.

I’m booked in for my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and I am under 60, what do I do?
If you are aged under 60 years, and you have an appointment to receive your first dose of AstraZeneca, it is recommended you cancel this booking.  You can schedule an appointment at a Pfizer vaccination site. If you need to find the site closest to you, you can use the vaccine eligibility check on health.gov.au

Where can I get a Pfizer vaccine?
Some Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics are currently providing the Pfizer vaccine, along with many state based clinics All CVCs and many General Practices will have the Pfizer vaccines during June and July.  To book an appointment, you can use the vaccine eligibility checker. You can find the checker on health.gov.au. If an appointment is not available right away, new clinics and appointments are being added regularly, so you can wait a few days and check again.

I am under 60, and I am fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca, do I have to get Pfizer now?
If you have received both doses of the vaccine you do not need to get vaccinated with any other COVID-19 vaccine.

FLU VACCINES

Our Flu vaccines are now available.  Please phone for an Appointment, consent forms are available to download from the homepage.  Do not attend for your Flu vaccine if you have any respiratory symptoms or fever.  Please note you MUST wait 14 days between Covid-19 vaccination and any other vaccinations.  You will need to wear clothing giving easy access to your upper arm and remain in the surgery for 15 minutes after the vaccine.

 

COVID-19 CLINIC INFORMATION

You are required to sign into the Surgery before entering either use our QR code or paper version.

Medicare rebates for telehealth appointments are only available to patients who have been seen in person at the clinic in the last 12 months.  If you do not meet this requirement and you would like a telehealth appointment, we can offer a privately billed consultation at our standard rates.  There are exceptions to the 12 month rule (eg children under 1 year of age).  Our regular billing policy will apply to all appointments including Telehealth.

ALL patients with respiratory symptoms (such as sore throat, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell) or fever, will require a telehealth appointment.    This includes symptoms that are very mild to protect doctors, staff and patients.   It is recommended that anyone with respiratory symptoms arrange to have a swab for Covid-19.  Click on the link below for information on testing  centres.

https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sahealth+internet/conditions/infectious+diseases/covid+2019/covid-19+response/covid-19+clinics+and+testing+centres

On arrival at the clinic we ask that you REMAIN IN YOUR CAR and phone reception to let them know you are here.  They will advise you when the doctor is ready for you to come directly in to the consulting room.  When in the surgery please practise social distancing, use the hand sanitiser and avoid unnecessary touching of surfaces and equipment etc.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and we have multiple measures in place to ensure your safety when attending appointments.

Belair Family Health Centre would like to thank our patients for their understanding as we all adapt to the changes and restrictions at this time.  The clinic team regularly review our procedures and current covid-19 status of South Australia and changes can occur at short notice.

SA COVID-19 Information line 8am – 8pm 7 days 1800 253 787

National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline: If you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call the telephone number 1800 020 080. If you need assistance with booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please note the call centre is unable to book appointments on your behalf.