**PFIZER and ASTRA ZENECA vaccines available – all COVID-19 vaccine appointments bulk-billed **
Mudgeeraba General Practice is pleased to advise that we are an approved vaccination provider for the COVID-19 vaccines. We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local area and wider community.
All vaccine appointments are bulk-billed. We are accepting vaccine appointments for both existing patients and new patients
Checking for when you can receive your COVID-19 vaccine
To find out when you are eligible to receive the vaccine, visit https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.
Booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointment
When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can call us on 07 5530 2822 to book your appointment to get your first dose of the vaccine.
We are not using our online booking system for our COVID vaccine clinic appointments.
Preparation required for your vaccine appointment
VERY IMPORTANT: Please download the COVID Clinic Consent Form and complete it prior to coming in for your vaccination.
The consent form for 5-11 year-olds can be found here.
There are things you can do ahead of your COVID-19 vaccination to get ready.
- Make sure your Medicare details are correct.
- If you do not currently attend Mudgeeraba General Practice then please contact your usual GP to get the reception staff to print off a copy of your Health Summary and bring that along to your first appointment with us. Alternatively, you can also print this information off your MyHealth Record. A Health Summary will list your allergies, medications, immunisations and medical history.
- Read the relevant vaccine information
- Read the patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination
If you have had another vaccine in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we will need to reschedule your appointment.
Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:
- if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
- if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
- if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
- if you are in quarantine.
Following your COVID-19 vaccination appointment
Common Side Effects
- Injection site tenderness, pain, warmth and itch
- Fatigue / Malaise
- Muscle /Joint pain
- Fever or chills
Most side effects settle within a few days. In the event of a significant side effect or adverse reaction, that should be reported to the Qld Health Department. The appropriate form to complete can be found here National Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) reporting form https://www.tga.gov.au/sites/default/files/national-adverse-events-following-immunisation-aefi-reporting-form-feb-2021.pdf and you can submit it online.
Your vaccine information is recorded to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and will be available to you on My Health record, Medicare account, My Gov account or Express Plus Medicare mobile app within a day or two of your vaccination.
Our GPs would consider vaccine exemption of our regular patients in very limited circumstances. A temporary exemption may be given to those patients that fulfil certain criteria as outlined by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). These exemptions would only be given after consideration of all COVID-19 vaccines available in Australia. The exemption is for up to a six month period only and may be given to individuals if they have:
- an acute major medical conditions (e.g. undergoing major surgery or hospital admission for a serious illness)
- PCR confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection until complete recovery from the acute illness (which may be up to 6 months), regardless of disease severity
- Serious adverse event attributed to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and without another cause identified. An adverse event is considered serious if it:
- requires in-patient hospitalisation or prolongation of existing hospitalisation OR results in persistent or significant disability/ incapacity AND
- has been reported to a state/territory adverse event surveillance system and/or the TGA AND
- has been determined following review by, and/or on the opinion of, an experienced immunisation provider/medical specialist to be associated with a risk of recurrence of the serious adverse event if another dose is given
- If the vaccinee is a risk to themselves or others during the vaccination process (e.g. due to severe neurodevelopmental condition [e.g. autistic spectrum disorder]) they may warrant a temporary vaccine exemption. Specialist services may be available to facilitate the safe administration of vaccines in this population
Please note, anxiety around having the vaccine is not considered a valid cause for exemption.
The ATAGI guidance on this matter can be found at ATAGI Expanded guidance on temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines (health.gov.au).