The Australian government has made some changes to the way the COVID-19 vaccine will be rolled out.
Here’s what we understand so far.
What are the changes?
1️⃣ If you’re under 50 years of age and have not yet received the Astra Zeneca vaccine, you will most likely receive the Pfizer vaccine instead.
2️⃣ If you’re under 50 years of age and have received the first dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine already, you can still receive your second dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine
3️⃣ If you’re over 50 years of age, the Astra Zeneca vaccine remains the recommended option
There have been a small number of cases of blood clots around the world. They are rare but serious. They seem to be more common in younger people. They could possibly be linked to the Astra Zeneca vaccine, but we’re not yet sure. The Australian government is taking the above actions to be safe.
What do I need to do?
At this stage, if you are under 50 years of age we suggest you discuss your risks with your GP before you consider having your COVID-19 vaccine.
This is early advice and we will keep you informed once we know more.
If you have received an SMS from SmartVax, this is our vaccine surveillance tool (funded by the Australian government).
You will be asked a series of questions about whether you have had a side effect from the COVID-19 vaccination.
Participation is voluntary and will help us to understand if any of our patients have reacted to the vaccine.
Deidentified data will also be collected by AusVaxSafety to help understand the side effects experienced by a larger group of people across the country.
More information is available here:
We’d like to keep you informed of the latest news and updates about the COVID Vaccination.
Rosedale Medical Practice is currently providing the Astra Zeneca vaccine to eligible patients under phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out.
A few key points:
✅ The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out began on the 22nd of March 2021
✅ You will need to meet strict eligibility criteria to receive the vaccine in phase 1B. Please visit https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au to check when you will be eligible
✅ You will need 2 doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine, 12 weeks apart
✅ We will be providing the vaccine to our existing patients as well as the wider community
✅ Bookings must be made online via the HotDoc online booking tool, https://www.hotdoc.com.au/medical-centres/west-pennant-hills-NSW-2125/rosedale-medical-practice/doctors
✅ We suggest you download and read the following fact sheets to ensure you are best prepared for the COVID-19 vaccine:
1. About the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine – click here for PDF
1. Preparing for the COVID-19 Vaccine – click here for PDF
2. What to do after your COVID-19 Vaccine – click here for PDF
✅ You can also read more about the vaccination by visiting the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccines Website by clicking here.
✅ We will share further updates via Facebook, Instagram and the practice website
Our medical student from Macquarie University has just completed her placement with us, and had this lovely message to share.
It is a privilege for us as a practice to contribute to the development of the next generation of doctors.
We would like to thank our patients for being so welcoming and encouraging.
It takes a village to raise a doctor, and being able to learn from you and participate in your care provides our students with an extraordinary opportunity to grow into the type of doctors that will go on to make a genuine difference in the lives of others, as well as find meaning and joy in their own careers.
Whilst it has been a rather odd time in our history, our student learnt that care never stops, team work makes the dream work and that there are many ways to practice medicine!