COVID-19 Vaccination Information 

Bookings for COVID-19 vaccines are now open online. Please click here or head to the AMS Connect App to book an appointment, if you are eligible under Phase1B and over 50 years of age. 

We would like to remind our patients that we have just under 10,000 active patients at Albemarle Medical Practice, with nearly 6000 of these patients eligible to receive the vaccine in phase 1B. At present we are still only receiving 50 doses per week from the Australian Government. Please expect wait times when attempting to book an appointment. 

We encourage patients to BOOK ONLINE for the COVID-19 vaccine where possible, as our phone lines are extremely inundated at present. 

 

 

From the end of March, Albemarle Medical Practice will be receiving stock of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine as part of Week 2, Phase 1B of the National COVID-19 Vaccine rollout.

 

The Australian Government is responsible for the delivery and supply of the vaccine and each week we will receive our allocated doses. Please keep in mind that at this time there is a shortage of vaccine availability and we are reliant on the Government as to when supply will increase. This means that even if you are eligible for vaccination in Phase 1B please expect some wait time in booking.  

 

At Albemarle Medical Practice we are prioritising patients by age. When we receive our first lot of vaccines we will contact our patients aged 90 and over advising them to make an appointment. From there we will continue to work down in age brackets for people who are eligible.

We kindly request that you continue to check our website and wait to be contacted for information as our phone lines and receptionists are currently under extreme pressure from the increased calls regarding COVID Vaccine information. We have provided some answers to Frequently Asked Questions below and will be continuously updating the website as changes and new information is released.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to access the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1B?


- People aged 70 years and over

-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 55 years and over (or younger who meet other Phase 1b criteria, i.e. specified underlying medical condition, health care worker, critical or high-risk worker)

-Household contacts of quarantine and border workers

-Healthcare workers currently employed and not included in Phase 1a, including:

  • Doctors, nurse and midwives, allied health professionals and dental practitioners
  • All public and private staff
  • Health care workers in private practice
  • Community pharmacy staff
  • All workers providing in home and community disability aged care, including centre-based care.
  • Workers who regularly engage in person with those receiving aged care or those with a disability in phase 1a or 1b; including aged care assessment workforce, those conducting regulatory activities and advocacy services.
  • All health care workers in clinical settings, including students on placement
  • Onsite administrative staff in healthcare settings
  • Cleaners, kitchen staff and other ancillary staff in healthcare settings

-People with specified underlying medical conditions, including:

  • Poorly controlled blood pressure (defined as two or more pharmacologic agents for blood pressure control, regardless of recent readings)

  • Heart disease - including Ischaemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies and pulmonary hypertension
  • Those with severe mental health conditions - including schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder
  • Chronic inflammatory conditions on medical treatments - including: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and similar who are being treated with Disease modifying anti- rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or immune-suppressive or immunomodulatory therapies. Generally, not inclusive of people living with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, myalgia encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome or similar non-immunocompromising inflammatory conditions.

  • Chronic lung disease - including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung
disease. Does not include Mild or moderate asthma

  • Diabetes

  • Severe obesity with a BMI ≥ 40kg/m2

  • Solid organ transplant recipients who are on immune suppressive therapy
  • Adult survivors of childhood cancers

  • Bone marrow transplant recipients or those on chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy or those on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease

  • Haematological diseases or cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma - diagnosed within the past 5 years or on recently completed active treatment including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted anti-cancer therapy or with advanced disease regardless of treatment

  • Non-haematological cancer - diagnosed within the past 5 years or on recently completed active treatment including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted anti-cancer therapy or with advanced disease regardless of treatment
  • 
Primary or acquired immunodeficiency - including congenital causes of immunodeficiency and HIV/AIDS
  • Chronic renal (kidney) failure with a eGFR of <44mL/min (Does not include mild-moderate chronic kidney disease)

  • Chronic liver disease

  • Some neurological conditions - including Stroke, dementia, Multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy. Does not include migraine or cluster headaches

  • Those living with significant disability including Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury

-Critical and high-risk workers currently employed, including:

  • Emergency services personnel- front line police officers, fire and rescue personnel and corrective services officers
  • Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service Volunteers
  • Active Australian Defence Force personnel
  • Australian Government officials about to be deployed or currently deployed overseas on official government business
Workers involved in manufacture of AstraZeneca vaccine and distribution/delivery of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Workers at licensed meat processing businesses (this does not include retail settings, or butchers)

-Carers (paid and unpaid) OF:

  • a resident of an aged care facility or residential disability 
accommodation who is eligible under phase 1a 

  • a person 70 years and over who is eligible under phase 1b
  • a person with a specified underlying medical condition who 
is eligible under phase 1b 

  • a child with a specified underlying medical condition 
Disability and aged care support volunteers who provide support to people in their homes, respite care, educational, employment, leisure and/or residential settings, including those providing transport and advocacy services. 
People with a disability or with age-related conditions (e.g. early onset dementia) attending centre-based services (e.g. day programs, respite care, supported employment). 


-Licenced meat processing workers

  • Including abattoir workers, including attending veterinarians, workers in boning rooms, small goods manufacturers, Cold chain transport workforce, Seafood processing. It does not include retail workers including fishmongers and butchers. tail workers including butcher shops, fishmongers




Do I have to provide proof of eligibility?


Yes, for each criterion you will need to provide proof that you fulfil the requirements. These are different depending on which area of eligibility you are receiving the vaccine under.

Eligibility checker: can be accessed here.

Underlying Medical Conditions

  • For individuals attending their usual GP, the clinic’s records may be relied upon as evidence

  • My Health Record

  • A referral from treating GP or Specialist

  • Alternative medical records including:

    • A printout of an individual’s medical history as recorded in their clinical records

    • A printout of an individual’s chronic disease care plan; a discharge summary from a hospital or other medical facility; or

    • A valid script or medication prescribed to treat one or more of the relevant conditions

  • Where none of these are available, individuals may complete an Eligibility Declaration Form

All other categories

  • Proof of occupation (ID Card, letter from Employer) or Eligibility Declaration Form available here.




Which Vaccine will I receive?


We will be provided with the AstaZeneca vaccine by the Australian Government.




How many doses of the vaccine do I need to have?


For the AstraZeneca vaccine, you will need to have 2 vaccines, spaced 12 weeks apart.




I don’t have a Medicare Card OR I’m not a regular patient of this practice.


To receive a COVID-19 at our practice you will need to have a Medicare Card Number. If you don't have one you are still eligible for a vaccine but will need to attend a GP-Led Respiratory clinic.

If you are not a regular patient of ours and you are finding the wait time too long you are able to attend the GP Respiratory Clinics.

Information of where GP Respiratory Clinics are located can be found via the Australian Governments Eligibility Criteria Checker.

If you are eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine bookings for the Bondi Junction Respiratory Clinic can be made here




How can I prove that I've been vaccinated?


Your proof of vaccination can be accessed via Medicare online or via the Medicare app.

You can also ask us to print off a copy of your immunisation history statement.




Where can I access more information regarding the Covid-19 Vaccine?


Please head to the Department of Health Website for more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.





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