Balwyn Health Care is pleased to advise that we are an approved provider of Covid-19 vaccinations to our existing patients. Appointments can now be made online through this website or through Healthengine.

This page contains information relating to 1) Information and consent forms  2) Our policy for the provision of vaccines 3) Patient eligibility  4) Patient suitability and 5)Adverse reactions and side effects.

  • Why have the vaccination? Reduced chance of Covid 19 illness. It is free.
  • It is your choice whether you have it or not. You will need two doses 12 weeks or more apart.
  • Most side effects are mild. Medical experts advise that it is safe. There may be rare or unknown side effects.
  • Some people may still get Covid 19 after vaccination. You must still follow precautions afterwards including masks, safe distancing, hand washing etc.
  • Vaccination providers record all vaccinations. You can view your vaccination record online through your Medicare, MyGov or   MyHealthRecord  accounts.

 

FORMS   

COVID Patient Information

COVID Consent form

 

POLICY –  Bookings available now ONLINE or by RINGING RECEPTION for an AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccination in a dedicated vaccinating clinic.

 

ELIGIBILITY – Please use this link to determine your current eligibility to have a vaccine or calculate when you will become eligible.

https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

Alternatively, the eligibility chart below may be used.

Phase 1a 
  • Quarantine and border staff
  • Frontline health care worker sub-groups for prioritisation
  • frontline hospital staff i.e. hospital emergency departments,COVID-19 and respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and High-dependency Units
  • laboratory staff
  • ambulance and paramedics service
  • GP respiratory clinics
  • COVID-19 testing facilities
  • All other healthcare workers are included in Phase 1b, including medical and tertiary students with placements in these healthcare settings.
  • Aged care residents and disability care staff
  • nursing + care staff, kitchen, cleaning, laundry, garden and office staff
Phase 1b 
  • Elderly adults aged over 70 years
  • Other health care workers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55
  • Adults with a disability, Disability carers
  • Defence, Police, Fire, Emergency services and meat processing
  • Adults with the following specified medical condition

  • ORGAN TRANSPLANTS (On immune suppressive therapy)
  • BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTS
  • BLOOD DISEASES AND CANCERS ( Leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma)
  • NON BLOOD CANCERS (Diagnosed in last 12 months & receiving therapy)
  • OTHER IMMUNE SUPPRESSIVE THERAPY ( Grafts)
  • ON CHEMOTHERAPTY OR RADIOTHERAPY
  • CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY CONDITIONS (SLE (Lupus), Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s Ulcerative colitis    NOT Osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue)     
  • HIV / AIDS
  • CHRONIC SEVERE KIDNEY FAILURE (NOT mild, moderate kidney failure)
  • HEART DISEASE (Ischaemic heart disease, Valve disease, Cardiomyopathies,  Pulmonary Hypertension)                                                                              
  • CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE (COPD, Cystic fibrosis, Interstitial Lung Disease)
  • DIABETES
  • SEVERE OBESITY (BMI >40)
  • CHRONIC LIVER DISEASE
  • SOME NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (Stroke, Dementia, MND, MS,  Parkinsons    NOT  Migraine, Cluster headache)
  • POORLY CONTROLLED BLOOD PRESSURE (On two or more medications)     
Phase 2a 
Adults aged 50-69 years
Phase 2b 
Balance of adult population
Phase 3
< 16 if recommended

 

PATIENT SUITABILITY

Please discuss with your doctor or immunization nurse if any of the following apply to you.

  • Have any allergies, particularly anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or to other vaccines or medications. Symptoms may include things like an itchy rash, your tongue getting bigger, your breathing getting faster, you wheeze or your heart beating
  • Have had a previous allergic reaction after any other
  • A known allergy to the following components of the vaccine. 1) Histidine 2) Magnesium Chloride hexahydrate 3) Disodium Edetate 4)  Polysorbate 80.         
  • Have a mast cell disorder.
  • If you are This means that you have a weakened immune system that may make it harder for you to fight infections and other diseases.
  • Have been COVID-19 positive before.
  • Have a bleeding disorder.
  • Take any medicine to thin your blood (an anticoagulant therapy)
  • Have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised)
  • Are pregnant or you think you might be pregnant .
  • Are breast feeding
  • Have been sick with a cough, sore throat, fever or are feeling sick in another way.
  • Have had a previous COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Have received any other vaccination in the last 14 days.

 

ADVERSE REACTIONS

Most side effects occur in the first week post injection. The most common side effects are as follows.

  • Pain at the site of the injection (84.1%) – treat with Paracetamol (Panadol)
  • Fatigue (62.9%) – treatment is rest
  • Headache (55.1%) – treat with Paracetamol (Panadol)
  • Generalised muscle pain (38.3%) – treat with Paracetamol (Panadol)
  • Chills (31.9%) –  treat with Paracetamol (Panadol), Rest and Fluids
  • Joint pain (23.6) – treat with Paracetamol (Panadol)
  • Fever (14.2%) – treat with Paracetamol (Panadol)
  • Injection site swelling (10.5%) – treat with cold packs

 

There is currently considerable discussion regarding the safety of the Astra Zenica Covid 19 vaccination, especially for patients under 60. We enclose the following information for your consideration. It is important to retain perspective as every medication has a potential for side effects. The incidence of significant side effects from common aspirin, non steroidal anti-inflammatories or the oral contraceptive pill remain many times higher than the Astra Zenica vaccine.

 

1. If you have already had your first dose of AZ, you should proceed to have your second dose as AZ. The current advice is you can not mix vaccines. The risk of clotting is much lower for people over 50 having their second dose (currently suggested to be 1.5 per 1,000,000 doses)

 

Age Estimated risk of TTS (clotting disorder) per 100,000
AstraZeneca vaccine doses (first dose)
<50 years          3.1
50-59 years          2.7
60-69 years          1.4
70-79 years          1.8
80+ years          1.9

 

2. From early April to 16 June 2021, 60 cases of confirmed TTS (clotting disorder) have been reported in Australia. Two of these patients (3%) have died. 

3. Given due regard to the low incidence of serious side effect as outlined above, patients under the age of 60 may still elect to have the AZ vaccine. However, ATAGI advise that it is preferable to have the Pfizer vaccine where possible. 

4. ATAGI still recommend the AZ vaccine to be safe for recipients aged 60 and over

 

 

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