COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
UPDATE – Booster vaccines for ALL patients over 18
- Once booster doses are recommended by ATAGI these can be booked via hotdoc.
- Booster doses must be a MINIMUM of 6 months after your last dose of COVID 19 vaccine.
- PFIZER COVID 19 vaccine is currently the only TGA approved booster vaccine. It does not matter which vaccine you had at first.
- Consent forms must be completed for each vaccine appointment, even if you have completed one for COVID 19 vaccine previously. These are sent electronically from hotdoc after your booking.
UPDATE – Third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for severely immunosupressed
- ATAGI now recommend a third dose of COVID-19 vaccination for certain specific groups of patients.
- This is a third dose as part of a primary course, not a booster.
- Who? – Currently only the following patients are eligible for a third dose of vaccine
- Active haematological malignancy (blood or bone marrow cancer eg. leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
- Other cancers with current active treatment (including chemo/radiotherapy, hormone therapy)
- Organ transplant with immunosuppressive therapy
- Stem cell transplant
- Immunosuppressive therapies including:
- High dose steroids (>20mg prednisone for 14 days per month)
- Multiple immunosuppressants where the cumulative effect is considered to be severely immunosuppresive
- DMARDs including mycophenolate, methotrexate high dose, leflunomide, azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine, alkylating agents, cyclosporin/tacrolimus
- Biologic agents that reduce the immune response to COVID-19 vaccine such as Ocrevus.
- Primary immunodeficiency
- Advanced HIV with CD4 count <250
- Long term haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis
- When? – 2-6 months after your second dose.
- Which vaccine? – Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is preferred for a third primary dose.
- Third doses must be booked by phone 4981 2555. You will require a letter from your GP recommending a third primary dose.
COVID-19 vaccination – First and second doses
- Please book your dose 1 and dose 2 vaccine online via HOTDOC to prevent our phone lines becoming congested
- New patients please note: We will only be accepting new patients for COVID-19 vaccination by booking online at HOTDOC
- Stay up to date on the government website here
- Check for updates on our website here or on our facebook page
- Ensure your details are up to date – name, DOB, medicare card, contact details
- If you do not have a valid Medicare card, please contact a vaccination hub
- Please be respectful of our staff when calling for information or bookings
- Do not book a COVID-19 vaccination within 7 days of any other vaccination (eg. flu vaccine)
Types of Vaccines
- Nelson Plaza currently provides vaccination with AstraZeneca and Pfizer brand vaccines for COVID-19
- Pfizer brand vaccine is available for patients aged 12 years and older
- AstraZeneca vaccine is available for patients aged 60+ years
Forms required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination
- Patient Registration Form – CLICK HERE to download a copy (if not a regular patient of our clinic – this is supplied to you when making your appointment online via HOTDOC)
- COVID-19 Vaccination Consent Form – CLICK HERE to download a copy (Supplied when booking on HOTDOC)
On the day of vaccination
- Do not attend the clinic if you are unwell.
- Where possible, only those receiving the vaccine should attend
- Check in with QR code on arrival
- Wear clothing with easy access to your upper arm
- Make sure your paperwork has been completed online
- Bring photo ID
- Do not arrive early
- Expect to wait 15-30 minutes after the vaccine
Where is the vaccination clinic?
- In the arcade leading to Nelson Plaza Clinic on the left-hand side before the lift (29 Stockton Street, Nelson Bay)
- We recommend street parking if possible
After the vaccine
- Side effects are common but mild and short lived.
- See here for more information after Astrazeneca brand vaccine.
- See here for more information after Pfizer brand vaccine.
Who should not have a vaccine at this time?
- Patients under 12 years of age
- Patients who are unwell with a fever >38.5 degrees
- Patients with a history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, heparin induced thrombocytopenia, idiopathic splanchnic vein thrombosis or antiphospholipid syndrome with thrombosis should not have AstraZeneca brand vaccine.
- Patients with a recent history of pericarditis, myocarditis, endocarditis, acute rheumatic fever, dilated cardiomyopathy if under 30 years old, complex congenital heart disease, acute heart failure, cardiac transplant need further assessment before Pfizer brand vaccine. These patients must consult their cardiologist about timing of Pfizer vaccination
Who can have the vaccine?
- All patients who meet the government eligibility
- Patients with a history of anaphylaxis – but you will have to wait 30 minutes post vaccination
- Patients who are immunocompromised
- Patients with complex medical issues including cancer
- Patients with a history of deep venous thrombosis, stroke, pulmonary embolus and most common “clots”.
COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ
Am I Eligible?
I need more specific information about COVID-19 vaccination and my personal health
Please book an appointment to speak to your regular GP to get the best advice for your situation