Covid-19 Vaccinations

When will the vaccines be available?

Now. As an approved vaccination provider for the Covid-19 vaccines, we have been helping to provide Covid-19 immunisations for our local area and wider community since March 22.

If you are an adult aged 50 years and older, please book an appointment (preferably online using HotDoc). Our supplies have been limited to 100/week but will be increasing to 200/week shortly. Please understand that even with this increase in supply, there are not many appointments available.

Morningside General Practice Clinic is going to trial a Covid-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday afternoon, May 15, as we work on the most efficient way of providing vaccinations to as many people as possible as soon as possible.  Please call 3399 4685 to book for the Saturday Covid-19 clinic.

Please keep checking this page for regular updates as we will let you know what we know when we know it!

Who

All adults who are aged 50 years and older are now eligible for vaccination.

While everyone who is living in Australia is funded to receive a vaccine, funding for vaccinations in general practice is limited to those who have a Medicare Card.  If you are ineligible for Medicare, you can receive a vaccine at no cost at Commonwealth funded GP Respiratory Clinics (the list is here) or at (yet to be established) State funded vaccine clinics.

If you are under the age of 50

As of April 8, the official Australian advice is that the Pfizer vaccine is preferred over the AstraZeneca vaccine to those under the age of 50 who have not already had their first dose.

The only vaccine we currently can access in general practice is the AstraZeneca vaccine.

If you have already had your first dose of the vaccine without any serious adverse effects, it is safe to have the second dose regardless of your age.

If you are in a situation where the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks, you can still have the vaccine, so long as you are able to make an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits.

You should discuss with your GP the risks vs benefits of having the AstraZeneca vaccine in your particular situation.  You could ask your GP at your next appointment (make sure that you book enough time to discuss all your issues).

If you will not be having the AstraZeneca vaccine, and you are eligible as category 1a or 1b, you will be able to book at a QHealth site using a link provided by your workplace.  The QLD health website will provide more details soon on how those who are eligible but who have not been given a link can access vaccination clinics with Pfizer.  

What if I am 50 years of age or older?

It continues to be safe for you to have the AstraZeneca vaccine.  We do not expect to have sufficient Pfizer vaccines in Australia to be able to give you the choice of Pfizer until late 2021, perhaps 2022, even then, perhaps this won’t be an option offered. 

How do I book? 

You may book by phone, in person or online.  However, to reduce pressure on our reception staff, if possible, we prefer that you book online through HotDoc.

What should I do?

Before your vaccination appointment, you should make sure that your contact and Medicare details are up to date. 

You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health for preparing for Covid-19 vaccination, and some tips for being ready for your vaccine here

Take a look over the vaccination consent form, which is provided for your information.  

You should receive an electronic consent form to complete when you book through HotDoc, which is our preferred method.

However, if you are unable to book online, please ask reception for a printed version of the consent form when you arrive for your vaccination appointment.  

If you have allergies/a history of anaphylaxis, are immunocompromised, pregnant, or have various medical conditions such as cancer or bleeding disorders, please read and complete these forms and bring them with you to your vaccination appointment.

Allergy information

Immunocompromised

Advice for various medical conditions

Blood clotting conditions

Here is a checklist to assist you to get ready for your appointment.

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:

  • if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from Covid-19
  • if you are waiting for Covid-19 test results, or have tested positive for Covid-19
  • if you are a close contact of someone with Covid-19, or
  • if you are in quarantine.

If you have had another vaccine in the 14 days before your Covid-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.

Continue to practice Covid-safe behaviours: cover your mouth when you cough, keep your distance, wash your hands, get tested and then stay home if you're sick.

Regularly check this page for further instructions.

Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?

Yes.

What about blood clots?

There is evidence of a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia). This is more common in younger people.

For information about blood clots as a possible side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, click through and scroll towards the bottom of this page.

This diagram shows the potential benefits against risk of harm from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Do I have to have it?

No.  It is voluntary to have the Covid-19 vaccine.

Cost

The AstraZeneca vaccine is paid for by the Federal government. There are no out of pocket fees.

After your vaccination

The conditions of approval for this vaccine include close monitoring of your side effects.  Please see here for some information about vaccine side effects and instructions for what to do after your vaccination. 

If you have recently had your first dose of the vaccine and are having side effects that you are worried about, please use the vaccine side effect checker, ask your GP, or call 13HEALTH and follow the advice.

Further information

Further information about vaccination for Covid-19 is available on these sites:

Patient information sheet from the QLD government

Covid-19 information from the Australian government

QLD vaccine rollout

Advice for people with allergies and immunodeficiency 

Guide for pregnant and breastfeeding women

Vaccine ingredients

Covid-19 symptom checker and vaccine side effect checker

Australian vaccine rollout information

Resources in multiple languages

Opening Hours

Monday 7.30am - 5.00pm
Tuesday 7.30am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 7.30am - 5.00pm
Thursday 7.30am - 5.00pm
Friday 7.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday 8.00am - 11.30am
Sunday 9.00am - 1.00pm (Morningside Clinic)

Phones open 7.00am Weekdays, 7.30am Saturdays, and 8.30am on Sundays - IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19, PLEASE PHONE US DIRECTLY. DO NOT PRESENT IN PERSON TO RECEPTION.

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