COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Vacine Information

COVID 19 vaccines are available from Tuesday 6th April. Please call the surgery to organise your appointment, if you are eligible to be vaccinated in the phase 1B vaccine rollout.

Having a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is one way we can protect our community against coronavirus. COVID-19 vaccines help to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19, and they are free for everyone in Australia.

Bay Centre Medical is pleased to advise that we are an approved vaccination provider for COVID-19 vaccines. We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local area and wider community.

COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out to people in phases, with those most at risk receiving their vaccinations first. Bay Centre Medical will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine early to mid-April 2021.

Bay Centre Medical will contact you to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to our patients most at risk.

Once Bay Centre Medical has vaccinated our most at risk patients, we will offer bookings by phoning the practice, online via our website or book through the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility.

You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines

Vaccine Information FAQ’s

Click on the Question below to view some more information.

How is it safe?
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved the use + administration of the AstraZeneca COVID 19 vaccine in Australia. There have been clinical trials deeming the vaccine to be effective in preventing transmission of COVID 19 + proved successful in safety, quality + effectiveness in humans. AstraZeneca vaccine contains no preservatives, latex, human or animal product.
How was it created so quickly?
By streamlining the clinical phases to be conducted simultaneously (instead of waiting for one phase to pass before moving onto the next phase), the regular procedure for creating a vaccine was condensed.
Is it recommended or necessary?
Australian Government has made it free for all Australians to have AstraZeneca COVID 19 vaccine. They hope to reduce transmission of COVID 19 through achieving herd immunity (large number of population resistant to developing COVID 19). Thus preventing deaths, elderly and immunocompromised people becoming unwell/hospitalized + ultimately opening up our borders for recreational travel.
What are the side effects?
As with all vaccines, allergic reactions are possible. However, these are rare and the Government has deemed the benefits of receiving the vaccine to outweigh the risks. Most commonly, redness, swelling and pain at the injection site are the most frequently observed side effects of the vaccine. Also, headaches, fever, body aches + joint pain may occur. Malaise (general feeling unwell) + lethargy or fatigue may occur. Clinical studies on side effects are still ongoing.
Can it give me COVID?
COVID 19 AstraZeneca vaccine cannot cause COVID 19 or colds. The COVID 19 vaccine contains no live particles, only a modified adenovirus component which jump starts the immune system’s response if ever in contact with the virus again. The genetic code for replication has been removed, hence cannot reproduce, and hence is modified.
How does it work?
By introducing a small part of the virus to your immune system, the immune response is initiated and antibodies are created. If your body ever encounters the virus again, the immune system is prepared to attack the virus more effectively with those antibodies, than if it never had been in contact with the virus before.
Does it contain DNA?
The genetic code for replication has been removed, hence cannot reproduce, and hence is modified. This is recognized only by the immune system, therefore zero changes to human DNA. Also, the vaccine contains no human or animal origin ingredients, no food, latex, gelatin or preservatives.
What if I had a previous reaction to another vaccine or medicine?
Previous allergic reactions to other vaccines does not mean a COVID 19 vaccine allergy. If there are any concerns, please consult your immune specialist and ask their advice for your particular case.
I’m pregnant or breastfeeding, can I have the vaccine?
Current recommendations aren’t clear for pregnant or lactating women as clinical trials are ongoing. Authorities advise to discuss with your GP and family to decide what is best for you.
I have an underlying condition, will the vaccine affect this?
Any concerns or clinical conditions must be discussed with your regular GP prior to booking an appointment for vaccination.
Why can’t I get the Pfizer vaccine?
Different countries and their governing bodies purchased different vaccines from different companies. Australia purchased enough doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for our population; hence this is the vaccine that is being administered to the population.
Will I have to wait to have the Flu shot?
All vaccines must be either 2 weeks before or after a COVID 19 vaccine. This is a safety measure to ensure your body has the optimal response to all vaccines and minimizing potential side effects.