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COVID-19 Vaccination & Flu Shots

These are now available!
  • Northbridge Medical Centre is an approved centre for providing a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Only the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is allocated to General Practice
  • 2021 flu shots are also now available
  • Call the medical centre to enquire about vaccines availability and eligibility

COVID-19 Vaccination

Northbridge Medical Centre is an approved centre for providing the COVID-19 vaccination.  The Australian COVID-19 Vaccine rollout is underway. The vaccine is free  for everyone in Australia. COVID-19 vaccination is also voluntary.

Currently Northbridge Medical Centre holds only the AstraZeneca vaccines. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) recommends that AstraZeneca vaccine is the preferred vaccine for adults over 50 years old. We are now vaccinating any patients over 50 years old who wish to receive the AstraZeneca vaccination.

The current Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) recommends that Pfizer vaccine is the preferred vaccine for adults under 50 years old. Northbridge Medical Centre will continue to update our patients regarding other types of vaccines once is made available to general practice.

Currently, eligible people under 50 years old can book for the Pfizer vaccination at state-run vaccination hubs in Claremont, Kwinana, Redcliffe and Joondalup.  For more information and booking to receive the Pfizer vaccination, please refer to Roll up for WA website.

 

The following people are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination:

  • All adults aged 50 and over
  • Quarantine and border workers
  • Health care workers
  • Aged care and disability care residents and staff
  • People aged 16 and over with an underlying medical conditions or significant disability
  • Critical and high risk workers aged 16 and over including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
  • Individuals with an Australian Border Force outwards exemption in an eligible category

From 10 June 2021, the following people will also be eligible

  • All adults aged 30 to 49
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 49
  • NDIS participants aged 16 and over and carers of NDIS participants
  • Temporary visa holder under 50 years who are currently in Australia and have been approved for return travel to Australia through the travel exemption process

For the latest news and information about the COVID-19 vaccines in Australia, please refer to WA department of health COVID-19 vaccines news

 

COVID-19 Vaccination availability and criteria

COVID-19 Vaccines are being distributed to medical practices in phases and therefore we are only able to book limited number of patients each week.

Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out when you can receive the vaccination. Then call Northbridge Medical Centre to book for an appointment if you are eligible, or register your interest.

If you wish to find out the latest news and information about COVID-19 Vaccines in Australia, please refer to WA Department of Health  COVID-19 vaccine website.

Alternatively, you can call the National Coronavirus hotline on 1800 020 080, or email to the WA Department of Health coronavirus vaccine enquiries.

AstraZeneca Vaccine

The AstraZeneca vaccine is approved by Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for people 18 years and older.

The current Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) recommends that AstraZeneca vaccine is the preferred vaccine for adults over 50 years old.

If you wish to find out further information and news about the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, please refer to WA Department of Health AstraZeneca vaccine website.

Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine

The Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine is approved by Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for people 16 years and older.

The current Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) recommends that Pfizer vaccine is the preferred vaccine for adults under 50 years old.

If you wish to find out further information and news about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, please refer to WA Department of Health Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine website.

People with the following blood clotting conditions are safe to receive AstraZeneca Vaccines

Thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) is a rare newly identified conditions associated with the AstraZeneca vaccines. This condition is different from other blood clotting conditions. Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) has concluded that, the following groups of people with blood clotting conditions can receive the AstraZeneca vaccines:

  • People with past history of venous thromboembolism such as deep veins thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
  • People with predisposition to form blood clots, such as those with history of Factor V Leiden or other non-immune thrombophilic disorders
  • People with family history of clotting conditions
  • People currently receiving anticoagulation medications
  • People with a history of heart disease or stroke
  • People with a current or past history of thrombocytopenia.

For more information, please refer to WA Department of Health statement.

People over 50 years old who is recommended to receive Pfizer vaccines

The current Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) recommends that AstraZeneca vaccine is the preferred vaccine for adults over 50 years old. However, Pfizer vaccines is recommended for the following groups of patients:

  • People with past history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST)
  • People with past history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)
  • People with past history of idiopathic splanchnic venous thrombosis
  • People with anti-phospholipid syndrome with thrombosis
  • People with anaphylaxis to previous dose of AstraZeneca vaccines
  • People with thrombosis with thrombocytopaenia occurring after AstraZeneca vaccines
  • People with other serious adverse event attributed to AstraZeneca vaccines

For more information, please refer to WA Department of Health statement.

Obtaining Proof of your COVID-19 Vaccination

A formal document of proof of COVID-19 vaccination can only be obtained using Medicare online account through myGov. Please refer to the following website for information :

 

Influenza and the Flu Vaccines

What is the Flu?

Influenza (flu) is a common viral infections of the respiratory tract caused by the influenza virus. The flu is very contagious and if affects people of all ages. Despite being mild in most cases, it can cause serious illnesses even in healthy person.

 

What is the flu vaccine?

Flu vaccination is an inactive vaccine that triggers the body's natural immune response to defend against the flu infection. Each year new strains of the influenza virus is added into the yearly vaccine. Annual flu shots is the best way to build up the body's resistance to infections.

 

When should you get the flu shots?

Annual flu shots is recommended. Protections from the flu vaccines normally occurs about 3 weeks after the vaccination. The immunity from the vaccination is also the strongest about 3 months after the injection. The best time to have the vaccination is in autumn. However, it is never too late to be vaccinated.

 

Can I have the flu shots on the same day as the COVID-19 vaccine?

It is currently not recommended to have the flu injection on the same day as the COVID-19 vaccination. An interval of at least 14 days is advised between the two vaccinations.

 

 

Who should get the flu shots?

The Australian Governments recommends everyone aged 6months and over to have a yearly flu vaccination.  The following group of patients are strongly recommended to have the flu vaccination and are eligible for FREE annual influenza vaccination under the National immunisation program:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • Children aged 6 months to under 5 years
  • People aged 6 months or over who have medical conditions that are at a higher risk of flu related complications
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
  • People aged 65 years and over

The following medical conditions are associated with an increased risk of influenza related complications:

  • Immunocompromising medical conditions
  • All cardiac and heart related diseases
  • All chronic respiratory and lung diseases
  • Various metabolic disorder including Diabetes
  • Chronic neurological and brain disorder
  • Chronic renal and kidney disease

Please refer to Australian Immunisation Handbook for more information.

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