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COVID-19 Vaccination

 

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Saratoga Medical is a proud critical partner in Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccine National Roll-out Strategy. Our team will provide comprehensive COVID-19 immunisation coverage for our local populations.

Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 vaccine

There is a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines in Australia and globally. This means, people who have the highest risk of severe COVID-19 and/or exposure to the virus will receive the vaccine first. Other people will be vaccinated over time. Find out who will be prioritised for vaccination by visiting www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free, and you can choose whether to have it or not.

Don’t book in to have a vaccine until you are certain that you know enough to proceed and if you are eligible.

 

AM I ELIGABLE

 

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Use the Eligibility tracker

https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

  • If you are unclear about whether you want to have the vaccine, please do not book in for a rapid Covid-19 vaccination clinic.
  • Vaccination clinic appointments are for people who have enough information and are ready to go ahead.
  • Most appointments will be short (4-5 minutes).
  • There will be no time to answer detailed questions about the vaccination on the day – you can book a specific appointment for this or ask when in for another reason.

 

 

Getting vaccinated for COVID 19

 

Please download and read through our important patient information sheet.

Download Patient information sheet

 

Prior to your appointment

  1. Ensure you are eligible: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility
  1. Ensure we have all your correct details.
  1. Complete your consent form: Download consent form

 

On appointment day

We need to make sure you are well

  • if you are unwell on the day, please let us know ahead of time
  •  we will need to reschedule your appointment
  • there is no cost for last minute cancellations

If possible, only those who are having the vaccine should turn up

  • we are limited in the number of people who can be socially distanced in our waiting rooms
  • we may need to ask family members who are not being vaccinated to wait outside, so consider what to do if you have young children

Don’t arrive early on the day

  • we have limited space in the waiting room

Expect to wait for 15-30 minutes AFTER the vaccination

  • you should pre-arrange transport home

o   patients will not be able to sit in the waiting room, waiting to be picked up

Remember that you are here for a vaccination only

  • there is no time for a chat, discussion of other health conditions, referrals, prescriptions, etc

Wear clothing with easy access to your upper arm!

Have your paperwork (e.g., ID, consent) in order.

If you have an EpiPen, please bring it.

 

Possible side effects

You may have side effects after vaccination, but these are normal.

After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. These are normal signs that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination, such as chills or tiredness, may affect your ability to do daily activities, and they should go away in a few days.

Download patient sheet – side effects

 

Please note, there is not 100% protection after any immunisation, so please continue to be Covid-aware – keep a safe distance from others, wash or sanitise your hands frequently, get tested and then stay home if you are sick, cover your mouth when you cough, wear a mask if required in your area or if you are going into crowded places.

If you have any questions, please contact our friendly team at Saratoga Medical on (02) 4363 1066.

 

 

Other useful links

When will I get vaccinated for covid-19?

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19/when-will-i-get-a-covid-19-vaccine

Eligibility checker

https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

Decision guide for pregnant women

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-covid-19-vaccination-decision-guide-for-women-who-are-pregnant-breastfeeding-or-planning-pregnancy

 

 

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