COVID 19 Vaccination Clinic
Fiveways Surgery is proud to deliver COVID 19 vaccination to our patients and other community members.
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PLEASE NOTE – We are no longer able to offer COVID-19 Vaccination appointments to patients < 50 years of age. We recommend patients 50-69 years of age make an appointment to discuss the relative risks versus benefits of having the vaccination.
Just announced, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine will be available to patients 50-70 yrs from 17th May. We will open up online booking for these appointments shortly.
Due to limited availability, we can only offer vaccines to existing eligible patients of the practice. If you are not a current Fiveways patient, you can click here to search for other locations to receive your COVID-19 vaccination.
For current patients, please check the Govt Vaccine Eligibility Checker at https://covid-vaccine.
Rare cases of thrombosis associated with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) have been reported following administration of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine globally including one case in Australia as of 8 April 2021. TTS can be used interchangeably with the term Vaccine Induced Prothrombotic Immune Thrombocytopenia (VIPIT). These cases can present as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), splanchnic vein thrombosis (SVT) and/or arterial thrombosis, all associated with thrombocytopenia.
As of 4 April 2021, 169 cases of CVST and 53 cases of SVT were reported to the European Medicines Agency out of 34 million vaccinations, with an incidence rate of about 4-6 per million vaccinated population being reported elsewhere. Of the European reported cases 18 were fatal (0.5 per million vaccinated population). There have been reports of 10-25 percent case fatality from TTS. The onset of reported cases was between 4 to 20 days after vaccination.
The causal relationship and exact mechanism leading to this condition is not yet understood and is being investigated. A number of measures have been announced by ATAGI in relation to Vaccine use effective 8 April 2021. Importantly, so far, no specific biological risk factors or pre-existing medical conditions have been found to modify that is, increase or decrease the risk of TTS occurring after the AstraZeneca vaccine. The below advice is developed as a precaution and for an abundance of caution.
The analysis of UK data suggests that the risk of serious harm to those vaccinated by AstraZeneca vaccines is relatively low and distributed by age groups as per the below table (Based on March 2021 UK data)
|Age (yrs)||Potential serious harm per 100,000
The risk of ongoing health issues and death from COVID19 is highest in older age groups, particularly rising from 50 years of age. In the context of the ongoing risk of COVID-19 in Australia, ATAGI considers that the benefit-to-risk balance is favourable for use of AstraZeneca vaccine in all older adult age groups.The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends that vaccination with any COVID-19 vaccine should be deferred for people who have a history of the below rare conditions:
- A confirmed medical history of heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)
- A confirmed history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) or splanchnic vein thrombosis (SVT)
- For people under 50 years of age
More information about the vaccine can be found using the links below:
AstraZeneca vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccination program – Patient information – here
Weighing up the potential benefits against risk of harm from COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca – here
COVID-19 vaccination – Preparing for COVID-19 vaccination – here
COVID-19 vaccination – After your AstraZeneca vaccine – here
You can report side effects to the TGA by using their online form.
In order to safely vaccinate as many patients as possible in a short period of time we need you to follow the process outlined on this webpage.
All patients will be required to complete a questionnaire and consent form before attending for their vaccination. If you do not complete your form or arrive late for your vaccination you will be asked to reschedule.
In order to avoid disruptions to the usual care of our existing patients we strongly encourage you to use our online booking system and complete the electronic consent form. We ask family members to help the elderly to do this.
If you wish to discuss the merits of the vaccination and/or your concerns about risks/benefits please book a telehealth appointment.
There are no fees for the COVID 19 vaccination or discussions solely about the COVID 19 vaccination – these consultations will be bulk billed.
You may experience minor side effects following vaccination. Most side effects last no more than a couple of days and you will recover without any problems.
Common reactions to vaccination include:
- pain, redness and/or swelling where you received the needle
- mild fever
Serious reactions such as allergic reactions are extremely rare. They usually occur within 15 minutes of receiving a vaccine. After you receive your vaccine, you should wait this amount of time before you leave to ensure your safety in case a reaction occurs.
As with any vaccine or medicine, there may be rare and/or unknown side effects. A possible rare side effect of blood clots in the brain or other body sites is currently being investigated. It is not known if this condition is caused by the vaccine – this is currently being investigated. This condition has been reported in the 4-20 days after vaccination with COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine at a rate of about 1 to 8 people for every one million people vaccinated.
Patients will be required to book using the link here
Patients will be required to complete the consent form via the link above. If you cannot use online booking or you book by phone you can complete your consent form here.
Patients will need to attend the clinic at the time of their appointment – late arrivals will be required to re-book.
If you wish to ask questions about the vaccine – arrange an appointment prior to the vaccination date.
Please wear a short sleeved shirt with easy access to your upper arm. If you are unwell do not attend the clinic. If you wish you may wear a mask.
When you arrive at the clinic, turn right at reception and let our receptionist know your name. Take a seat in the marked waiting area.
Patients will be asked to sit in turn and move up one seat as patients move through the vaccination clinic. When it is your turn please follow the floor signs when the bell rings. The bell indicates the nurse is ready for the next patient.
When it is your turn, the nurse will ask you to state your name and date of birth and confirm your consent to receive the vaccination. Once you have been vaccinated you will receive a card with the date and batch number of the vaccine.
Please follow the signs to the receptionist to book your 2nd dose in 12 weeks time.
Please wait in the clinic for 15 minutes. If you feel unwell let our receptionist know. If you feel well and your time has elapsed you may leave the clinic.
Patient Information COVID19 Vaccination
The Federal Government has produced a number of educational materials available here
Watch our Covax video run through
Thank you for helping us to deliver a safe and effective vaccination drive for COVID 19. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.