Brunswick Heads Medical Centre is an approved COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Brunswick Heads Medical Centre is one of the practices that will be involved in administering the COVID-19 vaccines. In the vaccine rollout, COVID-19 vaccines will be available in phases. Groups of people get the vaccination at different times. The groups are Phase 1a, Phase 1b, Phase 2a, and Phase 2b and Phase 3.
|Phase 1b: Includes|
|Elderly adults aged 70 years and over|
|Other health care workers|
|Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55yo|
|Adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability|
*People will need to provide proof of these conditions to demonstrate their eligibility for vaccination via My health record, a health professional referral if required or a declaration form.
|Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing: * Workers will need to provide proof of occupation to demonstrate their eligibility.|
|Adults aged 50-69 years|
|Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54|
|Other critical and high risk workers|
|Balance of adult population|
|Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases|
|< 16 if recommended*|
When can I come in to receive the vaccine?
We appreciate that you may be very eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, however the initial roll-out will only be available to eligible patients who meet the eligibility criteria. As determined by the National Roll-Out Strategy Phase 1b will include the following groups:
- Elderly adults aged 70 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 years and over
- Healthcare workers (those not covered already covered in Phase 1a)
- Critical and high risk workers (defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing)
- Adults with an underlying medical condition (further information regarding eligible conditions will be available soon)
Please use the online eligibility checker to find out in which phase you will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You may be asked to provide evidence of eligibility before you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine during Phase 1b.
This short video describes how vaccines will be rolled out, and who it will go to first.
The AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in Australia and will be made available to General Practice clinics participating in the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. Please note that we will only be able to offer vaccines that are made available to us from the Australian Government. For further information on the AstraZeneca vaccine is available on the Department of Health website.
How can I book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine?
We appreciate your patience during the early stages of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. We kindly ask that you do not call reception to enquire if the vaccine has arrived during the next few weeks.
We will continue to communicate all updates through our Facebook Page, Web Page and in the clinic once the COVID-19 vaccine has arrived at the clinic. We have been informed April, 2021 ( non specific yet) , but we will announce via SMS/letter when the bookings for COVID-19 designated vaccine clinics are open asking you to book into designated COVID Vaccination days and times. Please know, you cannot “jump the queue” as we will be meticulously proceeding through the requested priorities as designated by the Australian Government.
Please note that you will require two doses of the vaccine, given at two separate appointments (12 weeks apart). You will need to book both appointments when you make your first COVID-19 Vaccine clinic appointment at our clinic.
Do I have to have it?
No, the vaccine is not mandatory. It is totally your choice to decide Yes or No.
How much will the vaccine cost?
The COVID-19 vaccine will be fully funded by the Australian Government at no cost to you (free). There will be no out-of-pocket expense for either the vaccine or attending the vaccine clinic.
Please note that we will only be able to provide the vaccine at Brunswick Heads Medical Centre to patients who are eligible for Medicare and hold a valid Medicare card. Non-Medicare card holders are encouraged to attend the NSW Health Department of Health funded clinics. More details on these locations will be available soon.
Where can I go for further information?
Australian Government, Department of Health – https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines
COVID-19 vaccines | Australian Government Department of Health
COVID-19 vaccination: information for the NSW community – Vaccination
What you should do before getting vaccinated for COVID-19 – https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/learn-about-covid-19-vaccines/what-should-i-do-before-i-get-vaccinated-for-covid-19