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COVID-19 Vaccine information and updates

IMPORTANT PATIENT NOTICE

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COVID-19 VACCINE ROLL OUT information and links

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Red Hill Doctors Surgery is currently part of Astra Zeneca (AZ) and Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine rollout

Pfizer vaccines are available through our COVID-19 vaccination CLINICS for existing Red Hill Practice patients.

Pfizer vaccine clinic eligibility is for:

  • All patients 12 years and over

 

Eligibility Checker for RHDS: Commonwealth Eligibility Checker

Consent form: COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form

Pfizer vaccination appointments are available through Clinics.

We now have Pfizer Vaccination Clinics on the following days: 

 Thursday only  7.30am-8.30am 

Our preference is for all appointments can be made online through Appointuit with an option to select the specific COIVD-19 Vaccination Clinic appointment type so we can keep our phone lines open for general practice appointments.  If you have any trouble booking online ring 33692444 and one of our our friendly Receptionists will arrange a time in one of our Clinics.  

When making your appointment for your:

  • 1st Pfizer Vaccine dose – you MUST be available for your 2nd dose on the same day in 3 weeks time
  • 2nd Pfizer Vaccine dose (1st dose not given at RHDS) – you MUST provide proof of your 1st dose
  • 3rd Pfizer Vaccine dose:-
    • 18 years and over for those who had their 2nd COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months prior, OR,
    •   from 2 -6 months from their 2nd COVID-19 vaccine for those who fit the medically at risk criteria. See ATAGI link: ATAGI 3rd dose for the severely immunocompromised  – These patients require a general  practice appointment with their regular GP to confirm eligibility or provide a letter from your Specialist before booking into a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.

Astra Zeneca (Vaxzevria) vaccine appointments can be made with your regular RHDS GP.

Patients can ring 33692444 book or go online to have either 1st or 2nd dose.

PATIENT INFORMATION FORMS

Pfizer vaccine:

Patient information: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-information-on-covid-19-pfizer-comirnaty-vaccine

Information for Parents of Teens: https: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccine-information-for-teens-and-parentsguardians

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccine-information-for-teens-and-parentsguardiansGet Outlook for iOS

After Pfizer vaccine:  https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-after-your-pfizer-comirnaty-vaccine

If you have any questions relating to COVID-19 Vaccine, Clinic appointment availability etc, please send an email to reception@redhilldoctors.com.au and we will provide a response or contact you directly within 1-2 working days.  If this is not possible, you’re welcome to ring 33692444 and we will endeavor to make an appointment with your GP.

Government supply levels have now increased for Astra Zeneca and delivery times are more consistent to allow us open up set days in advance for Clinics as well as offering vaccinations through standard general practice appointments.

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine patient information sheet link:  Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine Patient information sheet

 

Pfizer COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC APPOINTMENT INFORMATION  

Pfizer vaccine eligibility is strictly for:

  • all patients 12 years and over

NO other medical service can be done during any vaccination CLINIC appointments.  If you have any concerns or questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, DO NOT book a clinic appointment. Please make a general practice appointment with your GP to discuss.

We will NOT give the vaccine if:

  • the patient has had any Anaphylaxis or severe Allergic reaction in the past

  • the patient has a needle phobia and/or faints after having needles

  • the patient has had a different COVID-19 vaccine in the past

  • the patient has had another vaccine within 7 days

  • the patient is unwell including cold and flu, temperature etc

  • not registered with Medicare

If we cannot accommodate you with an appointment, you can book into one of the Government GP Lead local Respiratory Clinics.  They have large quantities of COVID-19 Vaccine stock available.  These clinics are offering same day appointments to anyone in the community.  Click the link below if this would be better suited:

Link for General Practitioner lead RESPIRATORY CLINIC locations:   GP lead Respiratory Clinics

Please note:  People who are not registered for Medicare can still receive a free COVID-19 vaccination at one of the above Respiratory Clinics

REQUIRED FOR ALL COVID-19 APPOINTMENTS:

Astra Zeneca vaccine 1st dose:

Print and complete the consent form:  https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-consent-form to bring with you on the day of your appointment

Pfizer vaccine 12 years and over:

Print and complete the consent form:  https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-consent-form to bring with you on the day of your appointment

Pfizer and Astra Zeneca 2nd dose NOT given at RHDS:

You MUST bring proof of your previous dose of Pfizer or Astra Zeneca ie: MyGov Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Statement Link: https://my.gov.au/LoginServices/main/login?execution=e2s1 or vaccination card/form from your previous vaccination provider.

Astra Zeneca 2nd dose WAS given at RHDS:

No proof required as 1st dose added to your clinical file

Pfizer vaccine 2nd dose:

Your 2nd dose appointment will be made 3 weeks, to the day, of your 1st dose given at Red Hill Doctors Surgery.  A reminder will be added for your 3rd dose due 6 months later or earlier based on the Doctor’s clinical advice.

Follow the link below for more information and what you need to prepare for the COVID-19
Vaccine: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination

Patients will be seen in order of appointment time only.

It is very important you DO NOT present to our front entrance late, nor more than 5 minutes early as we have structured the COVID-19 Vaccination clinic to adhere to current social distancing requirements.

Allow time to find a park as there will be higher number of vehicles in our carpark on the day.

Wait in your car until 3-4 minutes prior to your appointment then enter via the disabled ramp off the practice car park.

Our COVID-19 clinic Co-ordinator will meet you the Main Entrance, check you in, review your consent form, triage, take your temperature and sanitise your hands before directing you through to the next point where you will remain until one of the Doctors on duty is ready to see you.

ON THE DAY OF VACCINATION 

  • Wear a mask
  • Arrive on time for your appointment
  • Wear a short sleeve loose top that allows us to vaccinate you in the upper arm. 
  • Be prepared to wait at least 15 minutes after the vaccination. 
  • If you are unwell in any way do not attend your appointment.  Either call us before the appointment or reply to the SMS so we can cancel
  • If you require proof of vaccination, you can access this through your MyGov account within 48 hours. 

All vaccinated patients will be required to remain inside the Practice for 15 minutes in order to be able to notify the Doctor in the unlikely event of an allergic reaction following vaccination.

Please follow directions from our staff for the safety of yourself and others around you.

If you have any questions relating to the above prior to your Clinic appointment, you could send an email to reception@redhilldoctors.com.au and we will respond within 48 hours.

Please note:  People who are NOT registered for Medicare can still receive a free COVID-19 vaccination service at one of the General Practitioner lead Respiratory Clinics

Which COVID vaccine am I eligible for?

If you’re unsure, click the eligibility checker link below:

COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILITY CHECKER:  COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker

Patient consent form must be completed and supplied on the day of vaccination. See link below:

COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form

 Other Patient information below:

Preparing for your AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination: Preparing for your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

After your AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination: After your Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccination

 

Other Covid-19 information

Due to COVID-19 it is IMPORTANT to book a Phone (Telehealth) appointment if you fit any of the criteria listed below:

Respiratory symptoms such as: loss of smell and/or taste, cough, sore throat, runny nose, temperature (fever), shortness of breath, vomiting or nausea, diarrhoea, fatigue, joint or muscle aches and pains, loss of appetite , and/or
Recently travelled from a declared COVID-19 Hot Spot, (Qld Hotspot and Border restrictions)and/or
Been a close contact with a person who has tested positive to COVID-19?

Effective 1st of October 2020, the Government made changes to Telehealth.  Fees apply for all Face to Face and Telehealth consultations

To receive a Medicare rebate for a Telehealth appointment, the patient must have had a face to face consultation at the Practice in the last 12 months. If not, the out of pocket cost will be the whole consultation fee.

For all Urgent medical attention ring triple zero (000).

New Patients cannot book an appointment online. Please ring 33692444 to be triaged prior to making an appointment.

All other Face to Face appointments can be made either online through Appointuit or ring 33692444 and our Reception staff will endeavor to arrange an appointment time with your Doctor that suits you.

Fever Assessment Clinics

Metro North HHS have established Fever Assessment Clinics at four hospitals. Click on the link for the most up to date locations in Metro North area: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Fever Clinics and Community Assessment Clinics

Respiratory Clinics are also available where patients see a GP and have a COVID test done during the appointment. You must make an online appointment to attend these clinics. Click the link to check appointment availability: https://www.hotdoc.com.au/search?in=brisbane-QLD-4000&purpose=respiratory&where=service:respiratory

People requiring COVID-19 assessment with severe symptoms including shortness of breath and temperature >37.5 degrees should present to their nearest hospital ED fever assessment clinic.

 

What is COVID-19

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus affecting humans.

Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

This novel coronavirus is still new and as such we are still learning more about it.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading the global response to the novel coronavirus outbreak and is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus including how it affects people, how it is transmitted and what countries can do to respond.

What are the Symptoms?

The virus can cause a range of symptoms, ranging from mild illness to pneumonia. People may experience:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat or headaches
  • difficulty breathing
  • loss of smell and/or taste,
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • temperature (fever)
  • shortness of breath
  • vomiting or nausea
  • diarrhoea
  • fatigue
  • joint or muscle aches and pains
  • loss of appetite

People with suspected novel coronavirus will be tested and may also need to have a chest x-ray.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 infection. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections. However, most of the symptoms can be treated with supportive medical care.

See link below for information relating to the COVID-19 Australian vaccine progress and plan.

Protecting yourself and others from the novel coronavirus

Novel coronavirus is transmitted from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Transmission may occur from contaminated surfaces, so it is important to maintain Social Distancing, frequently wash your hands and wear a mask.

To protect yourself and others from infection practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:

cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
staying home if you are unwell.

Links for information relating to COVID-19:

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/about-covid-19-vaccines

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-the-use-of-surgical-masks

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-isolation-guidance

IMPORTANT PATIENT NOTICE

Due to COVID-19 it is IMPORTANT to book a Phone (Telehealth) appointment if you fit any of the criteria listed below:

Respiratory symptoms such as: loss of smell and/or taste, cough, sore throat, runny nose, temperature (fever), shortness of breath, vomiting or nausea, diarrhoea, fatigue, joint or muscle aches and pains, loss of appetite , and/or recently travelled from a declared COVID-19 Hot Spot, (Qld Hotspot and Border restrictions) and/or been a close contact with a person who has tested positive to COVID-19?

Effective 1st of October 2020, the Government made changes to Telehealth. Fees apply for all Face to Face and Telehealth consultations

To receive a Medicare rebate for a Telehealth appointment, the patient must have had a face to face consultation at the Practice in the last 12 months. If not, the out of pocket cost will be the whole consultation fee.

For all Urgent medical attention ring triple zero (000).

New Patients cannot book an appointment online. Please download new patient forms under the Booking tab, complete and email to reception@redhilldoctors.com.au then ring 33692444 to make an appt. All other Face to Face appointments can be made either online through Appointuit or ring 33692444 and our Reception staff will endeavor to arrange an appointment time with your Doctor that suits you.