Covid “Normal” and Vaccination
Victoria is celebrating over a month of zero new Coronavirus cases, and while this is promising, Coronavirus is here to stay, as we can see from repeated new cases interstate and around the world. As we open our borders and return to life as normal, exposure will pick up again. Therefore, as always, it is important to continue Covid safe measures; washing hands or sanitising frequently, keeping socially distanced where able, and above all, getting tested when sick. Here at the clinic, we are also encouraging continued mask wearing, with doctors and staff wearing masks at all times, and patients encouraged to do so as well. We are still offering phone consultations, though you are welcome to come in if you prefer. If you do come into the clinic, we ask that you please phone us from the car and wait in the car until called to come in, and you will still need to have your temperature checked and to use hand sanitiser before entering.
We will be one of the clinics administering the Astra-Zeneca Coronavirus vaccine as part of the government roll-out. It is currently available for anyone in the 1b category, which includes; adults over 70 years of age; all health care and allied health workers; ATSI people over the age of 55; any adult over the age of 18 with a chronic health condition which puts them at greater risk and; people working in high risk occupations such as emergency services and meat processing. As of the 17th of May 2021, the vaccine will be available for anyone over the age of 50 who would like to have it. There have been many concerns expressed of late regarding the risks of adverse reactions to the vaccination, however it is still our best tool against the pandemic. If you would like to discuss your eligibility, or any concerns regarding the safety of the vaccine, please book an appointment with your GP.
Flu vaccines 2021
Flu season is yet again on its way, and vaccines are available now. Though it is early in the season, vaccinations this year will be complicated by the Covid-19 vaccine roll out, so it may be easier to get vaccinated for flu as early as possible. If you have any concerns about timing, please book an appointment to discuss and make a plan with your doctor. The following special groups are eligible for the government funded vaccine; children aged 6 months – 5 years; seniors over 65 years; anyone with a chronic health condition; all ATSI people and; pregnant women.
Zostavax (Shingles) Vaccination Program, update 23/09/2017
- As of the 1st of November, 2016, people between the ages of 70 – 79 will be eligible for a Government funded Zostavax immunisation. Zostavax immunises people against Shingles.
- Please feel free to phone us on 9742 7988 for more information or to make a booking. Alternately, you can book online for your vaccination.
- For more information about Shingles and and the free Zostavax immunisation, click here
Whooping Cough Vaccination For New Parents
As of the first of June 2015, the Victorian Government Whooping Cough Vaccination Program for New Parents will begin. These vaccines will be made available to all women over 28 weeks gestation for each pregnancy, partners of women over 28 weeks gestation who have not had a whooping cough vaccination in the last ten years and parents of babies born after the 1st June 2015. These vaccines are free only for parents. If you are becoming a Grandparent, Aunt, Uncle, Cousin or are a friend of the family, you are still able to receive this vaccination at our clinic, but at a cost to yourself.