AstraZeneca Vaccine: BOOKINGS AVAILABLE
Pfizer Vaccine: FULLY BOOKED - Future allocations released weekly Sunday 9am
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO BOOK A VACCINE APPOINTMENT
PLEASE BRING PHOTO ID WITH YOU TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.
PLEASE ENTER VIA THE MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE BUILDING OFF JACARANDA AVE.
FREQUENTLY ASKED VACCINATION QUESTIONS
COVID VACCINES NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL PEOPLE AGED 12 AND OVER
ASTRAZENECA VACCINE FOR UNDER 60's
Raymond Terrace Respiratory Clinic is following the expert advice from The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation - ATAGI.
We are recommending that you do not attend for your first AstraZeneca vaccination if you are under 60 years of age without further discussion with your own GP
Bookings may be cancelled through HotDoc.
If you have had your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, you should proceed as planned with your second dose.
For anyone over 60 ATAGI are continuing to recommend that you be vaccinated.
For further information please contact your regular GP or go to: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives.../covid-19-vaccines.
PFIZER VACCINE FOR 12-59's
Raymond Terrace Respiratory Clinic is following the expert advice from The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation - ATAGI. Which is now recommending that anyone aged 12-59yrs old recieve the Pfizer vaccination. Bookings can be made using the link below.
PFIZER VACCINE FOR OVER 60's
Raymond Terrace Respiratory Clinic is following the guidelines given to us by the The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation - ATAGI. Which is recommending that people over the age of 60 receive the AstraZeneca vaccination. However anyone over 60 years of age wishing to receive PFIZER due to medical or health reasons please have your GP or specialist fill out the form below and email it to us.
Recommendation to receive the Pfizer (Comirnaty) Covid-19 vaccine
FREQUENTLY ASKED VACCINATION QUESTIONS
Q: Do you have pfizer vaccine?
A: Yes, we have both Pfizer and Astra Zeneca Vaccines. We run clinics for each at separate times to reduce the risk of error.
Q: How do I book an appointment at your clinic.
A: All our bookings are online via HotDoc.
Q: I could only book my first dose online. What about my second dose?
A: We match all our first doses with second doses earmarked from our expected future deliveries. If your second dose wasn’t available online, we will book it for you when you attend for your first.
Q: Why can’t I telephone to make a booking?
A: We don’t do bookings by telephone because the phone traffic for booking requests meant that nobody could get through to make a change to their booking or for Raymond Terrace Family Practice Patients to see their GP.
Q: What is the dose interval at your clinic?
A: 3-6 weeks between dose 1 and dose 2 for both Pfizer and 6-12 weeks for Astra Zeneca vaccines.
Q: You were doing 6 weeks gap for Pfizer doses, why the change back to 3 weeks?
A: Our booking system is set up to automatically offer the dose 2 slot in 3 weeks. Turning this off meant we have to manually book all the dose 2 slots ourselves, which in turn means we have to keep the bookings for 6 weeks unavailable so that they don't fill with more first dose bookings. As we are now opening 1500 dose 1 bookings per week over multiple sessions, it became too difficult to manage manually.
Q: I had my first dose with you and was booked for 6 weeks for dose 2, can I contact you to move my appointment to sooner?
A: If you have an existing dose 2 booking, we request that you keep it at 6 weeks. The vaccine effectiveness is the same at 6 weeks. Moving the dose forward means that someone else misses out on a dose 1 for a few weeks longer. If it's critical to you to move sooner, we are working towards reconfiguring our HotDoc appointment book to permit you to search for and rebook your dose 2 yourself. At the moment there are no earlier slots as we have filled them all. Extra capacity to be added, and cancellation slots in the relevant window will be made so that they are second dose only bookings.
Q: Why were you doing 6 weeks for Pfizer anyway?
A: We were following advice from the NSW Chief Health Officer. It was to get more first doses done sooner. A single dose of Pfizer provides a high degree of protection from severe disease at about 70%, the second dose increases this to 90%. A 6 week interval allows a lot more people to get to that 70% protection, instead of a lot of people at 90% and a matching number still at zero.
Q: Why 6 weeks for Astra Zeneca?
A: The dose interval for AZ is between 4 and 12 weeks, with better protection for the longer you wait up until 12 weeks. In our current situation where case numbers are rising and the risk of exposure locally is increasing, the compromise of 6 weeks to get protected before exposure is recommended. For those that wish to wait, longer intervals are available.
Q If I am 60 can I book for Pfizer?
A: No. Application for over 60 exemption needs approval prior to booking online, please get your GP to email the form for approval.
Q: I am over 60 and my GP or specialist has recommended I have Pfizer, can't I simply book online and attend with my letter or exemption form?
A: No. Many GPs and specialists don't understand the exemption criteria. You cannot book unless the form has been reviewed and approved by our doctors. If you are over 60 and you attend a Pfizer session and you do not meet the criteria, you will be offered an Astra Zeneca vaccine.
Q: Do you have a waiting list?
A: No. We did try to maintain a wait list, but there was no way we could keep up with demand. It was clear that we would never have enough capacity to vaccinate all the people who left their names.
Q: Will you be targeting me* as a priority?
*Teacher/Childcare worker/Essential service/Requiring mandatory vaccination etc....
A: We have done some dedicated clinics for specific high priority groups like ATSI, Aged care, Disability support and Pregnancy. The pregnancy priority access is continuing, and If any further groups are to be targeted we will announce in separate posts.