Balwyn Health Care is pleased to advise that we are an approved provider of Covid-19 vaccinations to our existing patients.
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.
POLICY – Please ring the clinic for an appointment to receive an Astra Zenica covid 19 vaccination. Given the extremely low numbers of vaccines being supplied to general practice, we are unable to offer online vaccination appointments that guarantee a vaccination will be available when you attend. You will be added to a priority waitlist and rung / invited the day prior to attend one of our dedicated covid vaccinating clinics.
ELIGIBILITY – Please use this link to determine your current eligibility to have a vaccine or calculate when you will become eligible.
Alternatively, the eligibility chart below may be used.
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
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
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)
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)
Adults aged 50-69 years
Balance of adult population
< 16 if recommended
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