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Want to know how to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Want more information on the vaccine, your suitability and your eligibility?

Want to know more about the vaccine?

This page is for you!

Important changes have been made at Mayfield Medical Connection. Please read the information by clicking the button below before attending the practice.

Reception cannot access the COVID vaccine booking system, so please do not ring to ask them to book for you, as they cannot. Read on to find out how to book an appointment.

Watch this space, flu clinics coming soon!

COVID-19 Vaccine at Mayfield Medical Connection

Mayfield Medical Connection is committed to our patients and our community and so hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics. 

Here you will find important information about how our vaccine clinics work, how to book your vaccine appointment and more detailed information about the vaccine itself.

FAQs about MMC and the Vaccine rollout

Eligibility

We are now vaccinating people 60 and over. Currently we ONLY have access to the AstraZeneca vaccine. We have applied for access to Pfizer and will share the date as soon as we know.

You will receive an SMS to book for a vaccine. SMS are sent out in the order of the Government guidelines. If you don’t have access to SMS please read the section below here.

  • In line with the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) the Pfizer vaccine will be prioritised for people under 60 years of age.
  • The AstraZeneca vaccine will be prioritised for people aged 60 years and over.
  • If you are aged between 50 to 59 years and have already had your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and did not experience abnormal side effects, ATAGI recommends you still receive your second AstraZeneca dose. This will provide you with greater coverage against severe illness from COVID-19.

Following this link will help you to determine your priority eligibility: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

Vaccine Clinics

To limit the impact on our usual services to our community, and to vaccinate our patients as quickly as possible, we will be holding mass clinics in our waiting room outside of practice hours.

Eligible patients will receive an SMS and may then book an appointment online. We can only offer appointments to match the number of vaccines we have. If we have no stock when you book, you may reserve an appointment and will be notified as soon as a vaccine is available. Again, please be patient, there will be enough for everyone.

Booking an appointment requires you to complete an online consent form using our AutoMed booking application, or through the AMS app which you may download on your mobile or computer. 

Download for Google Play 

Download on the Apple App Store

If the system identifies that there may be concerns that need to be discussed, or you can’t complete the consent form, you will be directed to book a suitability assessment appointment to chat to one of our qualified team.

Concerned about the vaccine and want to speak to someone?

Concerned about receiving the vaccine, not sure if you’re eligible?

Please use our online booking to book a vaccine suitability appointment where you may discuss your concerns with one of our qualified team. Medicare requires that this is an onsite visit.

Who should make a suitability appointment? 

  • People who are on anticoagulation, such as warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, enoxaparin apixaban
  • People who have ever had an anaphylaxis to any vaccine, or to any of the ingredients of the COVID vaccine, please book a suitability assessment with one of our qualified staff if you are concerned about allergies.
  • People who are pregnant\breast feeding
  • People who have concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Struggle with Technology? Don't have access to SMS? Have opted out of communications in the past?

We recognise that many of our patients have limited access to technology. Don’t worry! You will still get the chance to have your vaccine, we are working through our patients as quickly as we can, the technology options just make this easier and faster. If you have opted out of communications in the past, now is a good time to opt in.

If you have no-one to assist you to use our online booking or don’t have access to SMS messaging, we will contact you as soon as we have a vaccine available for you. You may ring to book a suitability appointment where our qualified staff will take you through the necessary consent forms and save them in your file so that when a vaccine is available you will be ready to have it. Medicare requires that this is an onsite visit.

Not usually a patient of Mayfield Medical Connection?

Please ask your current/last GP to send us a health history summary and book a suitability assessment. Medicare requires that this is an onsite visit.

Eligible but haven’t received an SMS inviting you to book?

If you do not receive an SMS in the first few weeks, please just wait – this is supply dependent and out of our control – we will get to everyone as quickly as we can.

Missed our first SMS?

Don’t worry we will keep asking until you respond.

What to expect when you attend for your COVID-19 vaccination

We are running mass clinics, held in our waiting room. On arrival our team will:

  • greet you at the door 
  • check you are well
  • check if you have a history of severe allergic reactions
  • take you to your seat
  • ask you get your LEFT arm ready to receive the vaccination
  • give you the vaccination
  • let you know what time you can leave – through the SIDE door halfway down the building on the left
  • provide you with an info sheet on what you have received and potential side effects.

ALL patients must remain for a minimum of 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination. Those with a history of severe allergic reactions will need to remain for 30 minutes. We plan to vaccinate between 40 and 50 patients in the hour so most can expect to be done and dusted within half an hour.

After your vaccine, you will receive several SMS messages to check that you are OK. Please respond to them accordingly.

Important things when you attend for your vaccination

The clinics must run smoothly so that we can vaccinate the majority of our community as quickly as possible. This relies on people being ready to receive the vaccinations without complications.

Once we have vaccinated the majority of our priority patients we will seek to cater for those unable to attend our mass clinics.

On the day, if our team identifies that you are not suitable to receive the vaccination, you will be turned away and directed to book for a future clinic.

Only attend a clinic if you have an appointment.

If you are ill, postpone your vaccination. We will not give it to you if you are unwell.

Let us know if you have a history of severe allergic reactions, you will need to wait for longer afterwards.

Vaccines will be given in the waiting room on mass and NOT in a private room. Please make sure that we can get to your upper left arm easily.

If a mass clinic won’t work for you, don’t book for one, wait until we are able to offer alternate ways to be vaccinated. Book for a suitability assessment where your concerns can be discussed. This will delay your access to the vaccine, but you will still receive it.

Do not attend with children or other people unless they are also receiving the vaccine, we need all of our COVID-19 safe space to seat the people receiving the vaccine.

The clinic is NOT the time for questions or any other health services. If you have any concerns about receiving the vaccine, make an appointment to discuss them with one of our qualified staff. This is your health, your choice, make sure you are firm in your decision BEFORE you attend for your vaccine.

Timing is crucial for the clinic to run well.

Please arrive ON TIME and follow instructions when you arrive. Please DON’T arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment. If you are late, you will probably be asked to rebook.

When you receive your first vaccine, a second is automatically reserved for you. Please ensure that you return to MMC to receive it. The second dose is due 10-12 weeks after the first. You will receive an SMS to book your second dose attendance.

Important things when you attend for your vaccination

The clinics must run smoothly so that we can vaccinate the majority of our community as quickly as possible. This relies on people being ready to receive the vaccinations without complications.

Once we have vaccinated the majority of our priority patients we will seek to cater for those unable to attend our mass clinics.

On the day, if our team identifies that you are not suitable to receive the vaccination, you will be turned away and directed to book for a future clinic.

Only attend a clinic if you have an appointment.

If you are ill, postpone your vaccination. We will not give it to you if you are unwell.

Let us know if you have a history of severe allergic reactions, you will need to wait for longer afterwards.

Vaccines will be given in the waiting room on mass and NOT in a private room. Make sure that we can get to your upper left arm easily.

If a mass clinic won’t work for you, don’t book for one, wait until we are able to offer alternate ways to be vaccinated. Book for a suitability assessment where your concerns can be discussed. This will delay your access to the vaccine, but you will still receive it. With ZERO community transmission, it is OK to choose comfort over necessity.

Do not attend with children or other people unless they are also receiving the vaccine, we need all of our COVID-19 safe space to seat the people receiving the vaccine.

The clinic is NOT the time for questions or any other health services. If you have any concerns about receiving the vaccine, make an appointment to discuss them with one of our qualified staff. This is your health, your choice, make sure you are firm in your decision BEFORE you attend for your vaccine.

Timing is crucial for the clinics to run well.

Please arrive ON TIME and follow instructions when you arrive. Please DON’T arrive more than 5 minutes early. If you are late you will probably be asked to rebook for another time.

When you receive your first vaccine, a second is automatically reserved for you. Please ensure that you return to MMC to receive it. The second dose is due 10-12 weeks after the first. You will receive an SMS to book your second dose attendance.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The COVID Vaccine is a two dose Vaccine

The Government funded COVID Vaccine is a two-dose vaccine. It provides some protection with one dose, but a more long-lasting protection can be provided if you have another dose 12 weeks or so later. You must have two doses of the SAME vaccine.

The vaccine will start working about 12 days after your first vaccination injection.

Please be patient. We are doing our absolute best to get our patients and community vaccinated and protected from COVID as quickly and efficiently as possible with the vaccine stock we are provided.

Vaccine Side Effects

COVID-19 vaccine is not compulsory. Before you attend a clinic, make sure that you are firm in your decision to receive the vaccine. Your health, your decision. We are here to help you make that decision. You may book an appointment with one of our qualified staff to discuss how the vaccine may affect you. 

The COVID vaccine is very safe. Tens of millions of people around the world have received the vaccine already, so we know a lot about it and continue to monitor its safety as it is rolled out nationally.  As with all vaccines, there are some mild side effects which some people may experience. For example, it is common after any vaccination to have a headache, muscle aches, tiredness, mild fever and a sore red or itchy place where you had the vaccine injected.

It is not normal for these things to last more than 48 hours though so if you experience these symptoms, keep an eye on them and see a Doctor if they last beyond this timeframe. It is not usual to have a cough, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhoea, or prolonged, high fever. These things would probably be from another sickness, not COVID vaccination, so if they occur, seek medical attention.

Receiving the COVID Vaccine won’t prevent you from getting a mild illness, and potentially passing it to others. This means that even after we have all received the COVID vaccine, if we fall ill, we still need to stay at home and observe all of the guidelines to limit spread of disease that we have learned in the last year:

  •  like physical distancing
  • hand hygiene
  • wearing face masks when appropriate. 

Part of disease prevention is also being sure to be as healthy as you can be. Looking after our health through good diet, exercise and sleep and managing any chronic conditions with the help of good professional advice helps us to be as resilient as possible. Remember, your GP can help here.

You can use the COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccine: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid-19-vaccine-side-effect-checker

The checker is also available through the National Coronavirus Helpline, 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-after-your-astrazeneca-vaccine

Vaccine Components

The Therapeutic Goods Administration Australia (TGA) guidelines prevent us from providing the trade name and or the active ingredients of a specific vaccine. This information may be discussed in consultation with our qualified staff.

The manufacturer does state that:

None of the vaccine ingredients are of human or animal origin and there are no food, latex or gelatin in the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available. If individuals have had an allergic reaction to other vaccines in the past, it does not mean that they will also be allergic to the COVID-19 vaccines (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy [ASCIA], 2021).

Further Safety Information

At present it is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women. If you have other medication, food or immunisation allergies, you can have the vaccine, but may need to be observed for 30 instead of 15 mins after vaccination. Please book an appointment with one of our qualified staff before your vaccination to discuss your personal medical situation and any questions you may have.

The only people who definitely can’t have the vaccine are those who suffered an anaphylaxis after the first dose, or those who are allergic to a component of the vaccine – see our website for details on the vaccine’s components.

The rate of anaphylaxis to the vaccine is about 5 in every million doses given. Which is similar to other vaccines we give. Most people who are able to have the yearly flu vaccine, will be able to have the COVID vaccine without experiencing severe reactions.

If you have concerns or questions about the vaccine please book an appointment with our qualified staff to discuss what is right for you and your health before booking a vaccine appointment.

Covid-19 Site Attendance at MMC

Please read the below information carefully before you visit our practice.

If you have cold/flu symptoms, please attend your local public hospital or testing clinic for a covid-19 test and receive your negative results BEFORE attending our site. You don’t need a referral your results will be ready in 24 – 48 hrs.

All patients may use our telehealth services. Only those seen in the last 12 months onsite are eligible for a Medicare rebate.

We are authorised to have 11 patients in our waiting room at any one time.

Masks are COMPULSORY in indoor settings. We have masks available for $2 if you don’t have your own. Please consider our earth when disposing of masks and perhaps purchase effective, reusable ones.

Please maintain 1.5 meters distance from others throughout your visit.

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Covid-19 may be in our lives for sometime, it is incredibly important that we continue to look after each other. Access to our business will change dependent on the current risk.