Balwyn Health Care is pleased to advise that we are an approved provider of Covid-19 vaccinations. Appointments can now be made online through this website or through Healthengine.
All of our team are fully covid vaccinated.
Masks must continue to be worn into the clinic please.
This page contains information relating to 1) Information and consent forms 2) Our policy for the provision of vaccines 3) Patient suitability and 4) 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 3-6 weeks 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.
POLICY – Bookings available now ONLINE or by RINGING RECEPTION for adult and age 5-11 Pfizer vaccination in a dedicated vaccinating clinic. We do NOT currently have the Moderna or Novavax vaccine.
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.
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