COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine now available for over-50s at Lane Cove GP clinics

From today (17 May 2021), people aged 50 years and over can receive the AstraZeneca  COVID19 vaccine at participating Lane Cove general practices.  Previously AstraZeneca was only permitted to be administered by GP’s to residents who fell within the Phase 1a and 1b eligibility criteria (see below).

This means if you are aged 50 years and over you now have three options as to where to get vaccinated: your own GP (if taking part in the vaccination rollout), another GP practice (if your own GP is not), or respiratory clinics (details below).

To find out where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine and book an appointment, the best resource is the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker.

National Cabinet agreed that in line with the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), the Pfizer vaccine will be prioritised for people under 50 years of age across all phases. The AstraZeneca vaccine will be prioritised for people aged 50 years and over.

If you are aged between 40 and 49, you can register your interest to receive the Pfizer vaccine here.

Today (17 May 2021) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said almost 110,000 people aged between 40 and 49 had registered to get the Pfizer COVID-19.  NSW Health is now inviting people in that age group, who have registered, to get the vaccine at the Homebush Vaccination Centre.   The Premier said around 16,000 were invited to get their vaccine last Thursday and 9000 have booked in.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions we have seen on Lane Cove Chat by ITC.

Which Lane Cove General Practices are Participating GPs in the Lane Cove Council Area?
(as of 17th May 2021)

Lane Cove Family Medical Practice
Lane Cove Doctors Surgery
Emerald Medical Centre Lane Cove
Burns Bay Medical Centre
Mowbray Family Practice
Greenwich Village Medical Practice
Synergy Medical Practice

 Click here to discover participating GPs located outside the Lane Cove Council Area,

Previously GPs were allocated 50 doses per week.  This allocation has been increased, and GPs will now be allocated either 150 or 200 doses depending on their practice size.  Note they are only administering the AstraZeneca vaccine.

I Don’t have a local GP, or my GP is booked out?

Commonwealth Respiratory clinics are administering the vaccine to everyone over 50.

Clinics are located at:

Ryde Respitaroy and Vaccine Clinic
North Shore Roseville Vaccine Clinic
Royal North Shore Hospital Vaccine Clinic

NSW Health Vaccination Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is now open for bookings. Those currently eligible include anyone in Phase 1a, regardless of age, and those in Phase 1b aged under 50.  From 24 May 2021, the centre will be available for the general public over 50 who don’t fall within those categories.

Are Local Pharmacies Administering the Vaccine?

Not yet.  We will let you know when they start administering the vaccine.

I am Under 50 – Does this mean I can’t get the Vaccine?

People aged under 50 are eligible for the vaccine if they fall within Phase 1(a) (b) or 2 (a) categories.  If you are between 40 and 49 you may be invited to have the Pfizer vaccination by NSW Health but you must be on the registration list.  You can register here.

Phase 1a 

 

Quarantine and border workers, including:

  • staff at entry points to the country (such as sea ports and land borders)
  • staff working in quarantine facilities, including those employed
    under Commonwealth, state or private agreements, and
  • Commonwealth employees (including Defence personnel) who
    are identified as having the potential to encounter returning travellers
    as part of their work.
Frontline health care worker sub-groups for prioritisation

  • frontline staff in facilities or services such
    as hospital emergency departments,COVID-19
    and respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and High-dependency Units
  • laboratory staff handling potentially infectious material
  • ambulance and paramedics service
  • GP respiratory clinics
  • COVID-19 testing facilities
Aged care and disability care staff, including:

  • nursing and personal care staff
  • allied health professionals who routinely provide care
  • kitchen, cleaning, laundry, garden and office staff
Aged care and disability care residents
Phase 1b
Healthcare workers currently employed and not included in Phase 1a
Household contacts of quarantine and border workers
Critical and high risk workers who are currently
employed including defence, police, fire,
emergency services and meat processing
Elderly people aged 80 years and over
Elderly people aged 70 years and over
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over
Adults with an underlying medical condition or significant disability

 

Phase 2a 
People aged 50 years and over
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-49 years
Other critical and high risk workers

 

The information in this article is up to date as of 17th May 2021.  To check you are eligible the best resource is the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker.

Where Can I get Tested Locally for COVID19?

We have put together a list of local testing facilities and feedback from lane cove residents on turnaround time here.

National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline

If you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call 1800 020 080. If you need assistance with booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please note the call centre cannot book appointments on your behalf.

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