COVID Vaccine Update

by | Jun 17, 2021 | News | 0 comments

As we’re not offering COVID vaccines at the clinic, we’d like to point you in the right direction to help you get protected.

Who’s Eligible for a COVID Vaccine?

The current rules on vaccine eligibility vary among age groups. Since the Department of Health is constantly updating their rules, we suggest you keep an eye on their website.

Below, we outline the latest situation for under 40 year olds, 40-59s, and those aged 60+ (as of Thursday 17 June).

Please note: There’s currently a Pfizer vaccine supply shortage in Victoria. As a result, vaccination hubs aren’t taking bookings or accepting walk-ins for first dose Pfizer vaccines until further notice. Exceptions apply – visit Western Health’s website for more information. All exisiting bookings will be honoured.

UNDER 40 YEAR OLDS

If you’re under 40 and want a COVID vaccination, you’ll have to prove your eligibility for Phase 1A or 1B.

Most GP clinics are happy to provide you with proof of eligibility. If you’re a patient of ours, just call a day ahead, and we’ll prepare your health summary. You can either come to the clinic to pick it up, or we can email it to you.

It’s important to know that our receptionists aren’t qualified to comment on your eligibility for Phase 1B. If you have any questions, please speak with your GP.

40-59 YEAR OLDS

Anyone aged 40 to 59 years old can now get vaccinated against COVID in Victoria. There are many vaccination centres in Melbourne and throughout the state.

Please bring some form of identification as proof of age. You’ll also need your Medicare card.

60+ YEAR OLDS

If you’re 60 years of age or older, you can only receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. This is regardless of the phase under which you’re eligible or the current Pfizer supply issues. Most vaccination centres are offering this service. Don’t forget your ID.

What About Exemptions Allowing Over 60 years Olds to Receive the Pfizer Vaccine?

A doctor can only provide exemption notices for rare health conditions that increase the risks associated with the rare AstraZeneca blood clotting side effects. You can only apply for an exemption if you have a history of:

  • central venous thrombosis;
  • heparin induced thrombocytopenia;
  • thrombosis with thrombocytopaenia syndrome, or
  • idiopathic splanchnic vein thrombosis.

People who’ve had a past anaphylaxis reaction to an AstraZeneca COVID vaccine will also be exempt. However, if you or anyone in your family have a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or other common blood clotting conditions, you will not be exempt.

Where to Get Your COVID Shot

Visit the Victorian Government website for a complete list of vaccine centres in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

You can book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the vaccination centres by calling the Department of Health Victorian Vaccine Coordination Centre on 1800 675 398. Please be patient trying to connect through to this number as it will likely be VERY busy.

Walk-in appointments are available at some centres – please check the Victorian Government website for up-to-date info, including anticipated wait times.

The closest vaccine centre offering COVID vaccines are:

  • Port Melbourne Vaccination Clinic
    Port Melbourne Football Club (enter via Ingles St)
    541 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne
    Appointment bookings
    03 7033 1888

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