COVID-19

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect against infectious diseases. Vaccines strengthen your immune system by training it to recognise and fight against specific viruses. When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and helping to protect the whole community.

GPC is participating in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. We will only be offering the Astra Zeneca Vaccine to eligible people.

The vaccination will only be available through our COVID vaccine clinics, not during a routine appointment. If you are eligible, you can book a vaccine appointment here.

If you are not able to find an appointment at GPC at a time that suits you, eligible people (including those who do not hold a current Medicare Card) may be able to access the Covid-19 Vaccine at a Respiratory Clinic (GPRC). Currently these venues include:

 

Sydney Olympic Park

Northshore Roseville COVID-19 Vaccine Centre 

Ryde Respiratory Clinic and COVID Vaccination Centre

Royal North Shore Hospital

 

Updates will be also posted in the NEWS section of this website.

What happens when I get the vaccine?

  1. Determine your eligibility – to do this you can use the Vaccine Eligibility Checker.
  2. Book your appointment in our Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics.
  3. Come in for your appointment. Vaccination involves a needle in your arm. You need to be vaccinated twice, with the two needles at least 12 weeks apart. General Practices are vaccinating using the Astra Zeneca (AZ) Vaccine. You need to have the same brand of vaccine both times.  Following your vaccination, you will be required to wait at the clinic for 15-30 minutes so that you can be monitored for any reactions.
  4. As with any vaccine, some people may experience side effects such as a sore arm, headache or fever. These side effects are usually mild and don’t last for long, but please tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that worry you.
  5. If you have not already made an appointment for your second vaccination, our receptionist can make the appointment for you
  6. Come in for your second injection at the appointment that has been made for you.

Vaccine eligibility

This information is current at 17/6/2021 and is subject to change

  • Everyone in Australia will be offered a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.In line with the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) the Pfizer vaccine will be prioritised for people under 60 years of age. The AstraZeneca vaccine will be prioritised for people aged 60 years and over.If you are aged between 50 to 59 years and have already had your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and did not experience abnormal side effects, ATAGI recommends you still receive your second AstraZeneca dose. This will provide you with greater coverage against severe illness from COVID-19

Potential side effects

You may experience some 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
  • headache.

Some people will experience more significant flu-like symptoms from the vaccine compared to other common vaccinations and may need time away from normal activities. For the AstraZeneca vaccine, these symptoms are more common after the first dose.

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.

Use the COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccine. The checker is also available through the National Coronavirus Helpline, 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.

The COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult a medical professional for serious symptoms or emergencies.

How do I get proof of my COVID-19 Vaccination?

You can get an immunisation history statement to show proof of your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations.

The easiest way to get your statement is online using either:

  • your Medicare online account through myGov
  • the Express Plus Medicare Mobile App

For help with this process visit Services Australia for more information

You can also ring the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809