COVID-19 Information – Vaccine Rollout

 

Please refrain from calling the clinic about Covid-19 vaccines news.

All clinic news, eligibility and availability updates will appear below.

COVID-19 Information

VACCINE UPDATE:  The Australian Federal Government has again updated its advice about the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Australia. See ATAGI for details. For now, patients under 50 should defer their initial vaccine appointment as per Victorian Government guidelines.

If you did not experience any serious adverse effects after receiving your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, it is recommended that you receive your second dose of the vaccine as planned. This applies to people of all ages, including those aged under 50 years. The overall risk of serious consequences from the AstraZeneca vaccine remains quite rare, at around one in every few hundred thousand doses. The Federal Government will advise when alternative vaccines options may become available. We will further update our patients and Bayside residents when we are notified.

We are happy to inform you that our practice will be involved in the rollout of the Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Due to very limited government vaccine supplies, we will start with our higher risk patients over April and hope to expand our service in May. Please visit our sister clinic at Bluff Road Medical for more vaccine availability. Limited vaccination times will be available by Hotdoc online appointments only, so please download their app. For other sites that are offering COVID-19 vaccines, please check locally or by postcode at Healthdirect.

While awaiting the vaccine, please make sure your details are up to date with Medicare. You can do this using either your: Medicare online account through myGov, the Express Plus Medicare app or call 132011. Only those with Medicare cards are eligible for vaccination at GP clinics. Vaccine records will then be uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Registry. We thank you for your patience as we await government delivery. We appreciate your patience and ask that you refrain from phoning the clinic regarding additional COVID-19 vaccine information. Our reception team will not have alternative information than what is provided on this COVID-19 page.

The TGA approved, government supplied 2-dose vaccine supply is confirmed will be based on the government priority groups and we anticipate a booster dose at 12 weeks after the initial vaccination. Preparation for Vaccination.

Bookings for COVID-19 vaccine will only occur via online our Hotdoc. Mandatory government eligibility confirmation and consent information. There maybe additional processes for new patients attending for a Covid vaccine.

Flu Vaccine clinics will start soon when government supply arrives. Please note that a 2-week separation is required between any Flu or COVID-19 vaccine appointments. These vaccines can be received in any order, just not given together.

Please note you will need to prove that your underlying health condition is included in the Phase 1b rollout. If you have any queries about this or the consent process, please book with your usual GP prior to a vaccine appointment (especially for New and non-regular patients). GPs can advise you and provide you with proof of your condition. This information is required to book your appointment maybe asked to be shown onsite prior to receiving your vaccine. For Further information please contact [email protected] or the National Coronavirus Hotline 1800 020 080.

VACCINE ELIGIBILITY: Please see the online calculator to help review when you are eligible for a vaccine.

Phase 1b of the current vaccine rollout will also occur in General Practice for:   

      • All patients over 70 years old
      • Health care workers not immunised in phase 1a
      • Adults under 70 years with an underlying medical condition, including disability
      • Critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing workers.
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 55 years old

Phase 2a is scheduled by government to follow in the weeks after to include:

      •  all adults over 50 years of age
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54 years old

 

Then Phase 2b to cover the remaining adult population aged over 18 years.

 

During the rollout as vaccine supplies and appointment dates are confirmed, we will update our clinic COVID-19 webpage and Facebook page. We encourage you to be prepared by downloading the HotDoc booking app so you are ready to book as soon as you receive information.  We will continue to keep you informed as we await further instruction from the Government.

To learn about COVID Vaccines, see the most UpToDate information please visit here.

 

SMARTVAX

We recently installed and activated SmartVax, a patient safety program developed by a GP in Perth. Patients with any vaccinations at our clinic will receive an SMS three days after their injection to check their progress and well-being. If there are any significant issues, their GP will be notified. For more information please visit smartvax.com.au.

Regular Care:

 

We are a private billing practice for all types of consultations, including telehealth. Please book a face-face appointment if you have not been seen onsite at our practice within the last 12 months. Medicare changes require an in-person appointment at the practice, which then allows you access to telehealth services for the coming 12 months. 

 

Please do not defer regular healthcare or cancer screening.

We remain open during COVID-19, offering patients Remote Health Consults by phone, video AND where necessary, private face to face services. These include:

  • Skin checks
  • Cancer screening
  • Preventative checks
  • All vaccinations 
  • Routine procedures

Book an appointment via our HotDoc Online booking system.

 

Patient Procedures for face to face appointment

 

Entry into the clinic is by appointment only.

1. Please wait in your parked car until you are called up asking to enter the clinic (during lockdowns, temporary signage will advise you about clinic entry).

2. If you have been advised by your doctor to quickly pick up any pre-arranged documentation, please use the front main entrance (ramp access) or check with a staff member.

3. Please call us for any concerns or queries about entering the clinic and stay safe.

We kindly ask all patients attending our practice for in-person appointments to please wear a mask prior to arrival, preferably your own reusable one. This follows Victorian government advice to help keep patients and staff as safe as possible. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, please get in touch with us for further advice regarding your care.

Our COVID-19 response will greatly help reduce the risk of exposure for our staff and to patients. Flu vaccine sessions are available with safe, dedicated in-clinic vaccine administration. Please call to check vaccine availability or wait list. If you have any health concerns please book appointments online or on 9583 1630.

For further information about COVID-19 please see clinic news, and for information about self-swabbing here. If at risk, please review self isolation guidelines at the useful symptom checker site.

Please practice good personal hygiene and social distancing by avoiding mass gatherings, visiting the elderly or those at risk, or by wearing masks. Dedicated COVID-19 testing clinics exist near major hospitals including Monash Health Clayton and Alfred Health.

Alternatively we recommend you follow current status updates, download the Coronavirus Australia app or ring the national hotline on 1800 020 080. For the Victorian Health Department please call 1800 675 398 or visit the Victorian COVID-19 website. Lastly to reduce COVID-19 spread, please download the COVIDSafe contact tracing app.

Our Psychology  team are available and continue to offer mental health consultations remotely, via telephone and video conferencing options. Currently 30 or 50 minute appointments are available, so please call to seek help.