Below is the latest information we have on how to get a booster shot in Lane Cove or at the Hubs.
Booster Vaccination Gap – Reduced to 3 Months (But only for NSW State Operated Hubs)
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced at today’s media conference (19 January 2022) that from 21 January 2022 NSW residents will be able to have their booster shot three months after their second dose. However, the shortened time period is only available at NSW State-run hubs. For booster doses administered by pharmacists and GP’s the gap remains at four months until 31 January 2022.
The Premier said the reason for reducing the gap was due to the impacts of Omicron:
Mr Perrottet said “Vaccination is key in reducing symptoms and keeping people safe”
NSW Health Deputy Secretary Patient Experience and System Performance Susan Pearce, who leads the NSW Health vaccination rollout, said the change to the vaccine schedule in NSW will help people maintain a high level of protection against the COVID-19 virus.
“As we face into the challenges brought of the Omicron variant, a booster dose will ensure people have increased immunity, and a lower risk of requiring hospital treatment,” Ms Pearce said.
NSW Health is contacting people who are registered in the NSW Health vaccination booking system with a reminder text message.
It does not matter where you received your first two vaccinations – you can make an appointment with another provider to receive your booster.
Which NSW State-Operated Hub Should You Attend?
From the feedback received from ITC readers, the three State-run hubs below are the ones being used by Lane Cove locals.
- Royal North Shore Hospital
- Hornsby Hospital
- Sydney Olympic Park (Homebush)
Royal North Shore
Royal North Shore Hospital continues to have vaccination appointment spots open up on a daily basis due to cancellations. If you are keen to book an appointment at Royal North Shore Hospital keeps checking the Vaccine availability website link here.
ITC checked today and the earliest appointment was 22 January 2022 (but this can change during the day).
Locals who have visited RNSH vaccination centre have told us it is very efficient and they re usually in and out within 20 – 30 minutes. One local had an appointment on Sunday booked for 6.15 pm and was called and offered an earlier spot on the day as they had numerous cancellations.
Note the vaccinations are in the Douglas Building and this is a different building to where they have been conducting COVID19 PCR tests.
They are open Monday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Sydney Olympic Park (Homebush)
There are plenty of appointments at Sydney Olympic Park and parking is free. The feedback we have had is the lines move quickly BUT don’t arrive early as you will not be permitted to join the lines as the lines are organised by appointment time (see our photo below).
Appointments are available at Hornsby Hospital next week. However, like all hubs, if you check the eligibility site regularly you will find cancellations.
Palmerston Building (Building 17), DERBY ROAD, HORNSBY, NSW 2077
Monday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Booster Vaccination Gap – 4 Months Remain for Pharmacists and GP’s
The following information is sourced from the Commonwealth Health website.
“You are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose if you:
- are 18 years and older, and
- had the second dose of your primary dose course of COVID-19 vaccination at least 4 months ago.
Booster doses are not mandatory, however, they are recommended to maintain immunity against COVID-19.
Two doses of COVID-19 vaccine provide very good protection, especially against severe disease.
A booster dose will make sure the protection from the first two doses is even stronger and longer lasting, and should help prevent the spread of the virus.
A booster dose increases your protection against:
- infection with the virus that causes COVID-19
- severe disease
- dying from COVID-19.
A booster dose will continue to protect you, your loved ones and your community against COVID-19.
Booster doses will be free for everyone.”
The eligibility gap will change to three months from January 31.
It does not matter which type of vaccine you received for your first two jabs, the booster shot can be either Pfizer or Moderna. The Commonwealth Department of Health has allocated Moderna and Pfizer to pharmacies and mass vaccination hubs. GP’s have only been allocated Pfizer.
How Do I Book?
The official vaccine booking link is here.
You can also do a search for the appointments using the following sites:
Lane Cove Chemists
Use this link to find out which chemists in Lane Cove have availability – click here.
Health Authorities believe a booster shot is the best form of defence against Omicron.
Dr Mikael Dolsten, Pfizer’s Chief Scientific Officer, has stated that their studies showed that a third shot of their Covid-19 vaccine increased antibodies by 25-fold, neutralizing the Omicron variant.
What Booster can I get?
Both Moderna and Pfizer have been approved for use as a booster shot by The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).
Astrazeneca is not on the list of approved booster shots.
Which Lane Cove General Practices are Participating GPs in the Lane Cove Council Area?
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,