You can check your eligibility and if eligible for the current stage of the rollout you can then book an appointment via https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility.
The service finder in the link above will show you your nearest Clinic and the details to book.
If you are unable to book online but have checked your eligibility you can phone the clinic on 5033 9968 (during business hours Monday-Friday).
There are things you can do ahead of your COVID-19 vaccination to get ready and stay safe.
*If you are not eligible under Medicare, you are still able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for free at our Clinic.
You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health.
For more information, visit: 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
Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:
If you have had another vaccine, for example the influenza vaccination, in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.
You’ll be required to remain at the Clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccination. After receiving any vaccine, you may experience minor side effects. Most side effects are mild and last no more than a few days.
Common reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations include:
You can 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.
Who to contact
You can ask your doctor for specific advice about side effects.
If you think a COVID-19 vaccine has caused a side effect, you can report it. Reports of suspected side effects help the TGA monitor COVID-19 vaccine safety. Visit the TGA website to find out how.
After your COVID-19 vaccination, it is important that you continue to protect those around you by:
• washing your hands regularly with soap and water
• keeping 1.5m from those you don’t live with
• making sure the COVIDSafe app is active on your phone
• staying informed about local restrictions.
Important information relating to the SHDH Respiratory Clinic Vaccination program
Swan Hill District Health (SHD) has acted swiftly in line with the advice provided by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) in light of the evolving evidence of a rare but serious side effect involving thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following receipt of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The ATAGI has recommended new changes to the Australian COVID-19 Vaccine Program including a preference for the use of the Pfizer vaccine in adults aged under 50 years.
The ATAGI has recommended that:
In line with ATAGI’s recommendations, SHDH is currently contacting any patients under 50 who are currently booked to receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Swan Hill Respiratory Clinic to cancel bookings where the benefit clearly does not outweigh the risk.
If you have received your first dose of Astrazeneca, please remain alert for signs and symptoms of Thrombosis. Signs and symptoms have occurred between 4 and 20 days following receipt of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. If you are concerned, please see your Doctor.
It is important to note the following statements from the Commonwealth Government:
It is important to assure the community that the SHDH Vaccination program will continue using the Astrazeneca vaccine, where it is indicated as safe to do so and that SHDH will continue to work with both the State and the Commonwealth Government to progress out Vaccine rollout in a safe and effective manner.
COVID-19 vaccination – Eligibility declaration form www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-eligibility-declaration-form
For more COVID-19 vaccine related resources, visit the Department of Health website.