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.

Dose 3 / booster covid vaccinations – Likely to be available from 8 November for those 18+ and given 6 months after dose 2.

 

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 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.

 

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. We do NOT currently have the Moderna vaccine.

 

ELIGIBILITY – Please use this link to determine your current eligibility.

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

From the 1st October 2021, people aged 60 and over will be able to access any covid vaccine including the Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine and Spikevax (Moderna) vaccine.

This means people age 18+ can access any Covid-19 vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or Astra Zeneca)

People age 12+ can access the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine.

Individuals who have had one dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine without any serious adverse effects should have a second dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine to obtain maximum immunity. Currently it is not recommended they have an mRNA vaccine as their second dose.

 

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. ASTRA ZENECA. 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. PFIZER.  The incidence of myocarditis (heart inflammation) and pericarditis is most common in males in the 12-29 age range. This incidence is approximately 41 cases per million vaccinations. The incidence in females females aged 12-29 years was 4.2 cases per million. The rate in males aged 30 years or older was 2.4 cases per million second doses, and in females of the same age was 1.0 case per million second doses. Further analysis of rates and risks after vaccination is ongoing.

 

 

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