NSW Releases New Guidelines on Vaccination – Lane Cove GP’s Have Appointments

NSW Health has released new guidelines on vaccinations.

Aged 60 years and Over

If you are 60 years and over and have not yet been vaccinated, please book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment with your doctor (GP) immediately. You can now receive your second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine dose 6-8 weeks after your first dose.

If you have had your first dose of AstraZeneca but your second dose appointment is not within the next four weeks, ask your GP to bring your appointment forward. This will give you better protection sooner. You can now receive your second AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine dose 6-8 weeks after your first dose.

Aged 40 – 59 years

If you are aged 40-59 years, have not yet been vaccinated and are unable to obtain an appointment for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, please discuss your circumstances with your GP. You may be able to get the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination based on your risk and the likely benefits for you. NSW Health vaccination clinics are also able to provide the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to people aged over 40.

Aged 18 – 39 Years

Anyone aged 18-39 wishing to get the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, is encouraged to talk to their GP about their risk profile

Please be aware your GP is working hard to support you to receive your COVID-19 vaccination. Please be respectful, your GP will make every effort to help you.

Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)

ATAGI released the following statement:

“ATAGI reinforces that the benefits of vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca strongly outweigh the risks of adverse effects in those ≥60 years, and that vaccination is essential for this group in the context of an outbreak.

Every effort should be made to support vaccination of people in priority groups (e.g., older people, healthcare workers, disability and aged care workers, and those with listed medical comorbidities).

In the context of a COVID-19 outbreak where the supply of Comirnaty (Pfizer) is constrained, adults younger than 60 years old who do not have immediate access to Comirnaty (Pfizer) should re-assess the benefits to them and their contacts from being vaccinated with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, versus the rare risk of a serious side effect.

While the recommended interval between the first and second doses of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is between 4 and 12 weeks, in outbreak situations an interval of between 4 and 8 weeks is preferred. Therefore, people in an outbreak situation who received their first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca more than 4 weeks ago should contact their vaccine provider to arrange their second dose as soon as possible.  In non-outbreak settings, the preferred interval between doses of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca remains at 12 weeks.

All people who receive COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca should be provided with information about common and rare but serious side effects, including the symptoms and signs of the thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). They should be advised that if they experience any signs or symptoms consistent with TTS, they should seek immediate medical attention.

Any additional unallocated supplies of both Comirnaty (Pfizer) and COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca should be prioritised to populations and areas of greatest risk of COVID-19.

Recommendations around the use of Comirnaty (Pfizer) remain unchanged in outbreak settings. ”

How to Book an Appointment for the Vaccination

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.

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,

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.

People who want to find out whether a pharmacy near them is offering the jab can search the Find a Pharmacy website which will be updated each week when new chemists come on board.

Aged and Disability Care Workers

Sonic Healthcare Vaccinations (Sonic Vaccinations) is currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations for Aged and Disability Care workers eligible under Phases 1a and 1b of the Australian Government’s vaccination roll-out program and residents of NSW aged 40 to 60.  f

Not sure if you are eligible for a booking? Use the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker to find out.

The information in this article is up to date as of 13 July 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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