Coronavirus (COVID -19)

COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE

Belair Family Health Centre is not yet involved in the covid-19 vaccine roll out, once Australian production of the vaccine increases we are hoping to be involved at a later date.  Please continue to check our website for updates.  In the meantime you can see if you are eligible for Phase 1B of the roll out via the eligibility checker https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility 

8th April Update

What is this side effect that everyone is talking about associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine?

There is evidence of a likely link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia).

The recommendation from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is that use of Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) is preferred over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in adults under 50 years old who have not already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?

Yes. The individual benefit-to-risk balance of vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine varies with age. This balance is based on factors including the increased risk of complications from COVID-19 with increasing age and the potential lower risk of this very rare, but serious, adverse event with increasing age. ATAGI has recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine remains safe to be given to people aged 50 years and over.

I have had my first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, what do I do now?

If you have had your first vaccine dose without this side effect or other serious adverse effects, you should receive your second dose as planned.

What if I am worried about side effects?

If you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about, I can book an appointment for you to see your doctor.

I’m booked in for my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, what do I do?

If you are an adult aged under 50 years, you should only receive a first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine where the benefit of receiving the vaccine clearly outweighs the risk in your individual circumstance. You may wish to discuss your individual benefit-to-risk balance with your doctor.

Generally, if you have not already received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, then the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is preferred in adults aged under 50 years.

Information about how to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available on the Department of Health website shortly.

If you would like to talk about this with your doctor, I can make an appointment for you now.

If you are 50 years of age or older, you can still receive your AstraZeneca 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.