COVID-19 Vaccinations

Inala Primary Care is an approved vaccination provider for the AstraZeneca and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local area and wider community.

Updated advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine

There has been a link established between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a syndrome called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia (TTS). This is an extremely rare, but serious, blood clotting syndrome. There appears to be a small risk of TTS in people 50 years and over, but this risk appears to be more common, although still rare, in younger people. In people aged 50 years and over, the benefit of vaccination with AstraZeneca outweighs the risks associated with vaccination.

You can find some helpful information on TTS in the following factsheet developed by the Department of Health. If you have any questions please book an appointment to talk to your doctor

Vaccine rollout

COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out to people in phases. Prior to booking your vaccine appointment please check your eligibility below. Once you have confirmed your eligibility you can then make a booking to receive your vaccine.

If you are not yet eligible, you will be able to register your interest so you can be notified
when you are able to book.

How do I book an appointment?

We hope to have online booking up and running soon, but for now you will be able to book your appointment by calling the practice on:

07 3275 5444

Our reception team has been inundated with phone calls regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, so we kindly ask for your patience when phoning the practice.

*Please note*  Due to limited supply of the vaccine our dedicated COVID-19 vaccination clinic will have limited appointments available.

What do I need to know before booking my appointment?

  • The AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered in 2 doses which will be given (minimum) 12 weeks apart.
  • The Pfizer vaccine is administered in 2 doses which will be given (minimum) 4 weeks apart.
  • It is strongly advised that you book in both your 1st and 2nd appointments at time of initial booking.

Before calling to book your appointment, we advise patients to check their eligibility via the Government issued eligibility checker, which will tell you when you can get your vaccine. You can  find it here

Getting ready for your appointment

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment if:

• you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that
could be from COVID-19
• you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
• you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
• you are in quarantine.

If you have had another vaccine in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine
appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.

If you cannot make it to your vaccination appointment, please contact us to arrange a
new appointment.

You can click here for more information.

Still have questions?

If you are unsure if you are eligible for the first round of vaccinations, have any concerns, or would like to know more about the process, we strongly encourage you to book in a phone consultation with your GP to discuss your concerns prior to making your vaccination appointment.

On the day of your vaccination, we will double check your suitability for the vaccine before giving it to you. However, there will not be time for extended discussion and education. It is important, therefore, that you are confident you are eligible before making your COVID-19 vaccination booking.

For further information regarding the vaccine rollout please follow the link: When will I get a COVID-19 vaccine? | Australian Government Department of Health 

How do I find out when I am eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

Click here to use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to see which phase you will be eligible to receive your COVID-19 vaccine. 

As part of the rollout, COVID-19 vaccines will be available in phases. Groups of people get the vaccination at different times. The groups are Phase 1a, Phase 1b, Phase 2a, Phase 2b and Phase 3. We will begin vaccination for the Phase 1b rollout. 

Currently we are only administering vaccines to persons who are in the phase 1b category.

Who is included in Phase 2a?

  • People aged 50 years and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-49 years
  • Other critical and high risk workers

Who is included in Phase 1b?

  • Adults aged 70 years and over 
  • Health care workers who were not included in phase 1a *
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults aged 55+ 
  • Adults with a specified medical condition  
  • Adults with a disability who have a specified underlying medical condition **
  • Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing *

* Proof of eligibility may be required. 

** Book a bulk billed telephone consultation with your doctor to discuss your medical condition eligibility. Eligible medical conditions may include heart disease, severe respiratory conditions, diabetes, neurological conditions, immunocompromising conditions, kidney/renal disease or blood/haematological disorders. 

How will our COVID-19 vaccination rapid clinic operate?

We will be extending our business hours to conduct dedicated COVID-19 vaccination sessions at our practice. These will be available by appointment only and only to eligible people who hold a Medicare card. This will be bulk billed.

In the coming weeks we will have a series of designated time slots available for eligible patients. These clinics will be run primarily on Mondays and Thursdays from 7am-9am (Though this might change with upcoming public holidays).

We will be vaccinating up to 50 patients in each designated clinic, meaning many people will be coming through the practice in just two hours. To ensure COVID safe arrangements, it is important that patients arrive on time for their appointments, and avoid being too early or too late. This will help minimize congestion in the waiting room and will help ensure that everything runs smoothly.

After the vaccine patients will be seated and monitored for 15 minutes, (this is the same process that currently occurs following a flu vaccination). Patients must not bring other family members with them for reasons of space.  We cannot accommodate large numbers of waiting patients as well as those patients being monitored post-vaccine and remain COVID safe. 

What if I am not a patient at this practice?

If you are new to our practice and wish to attend for a COVID-19 vaccination we will require some basic information from you at time of booking so we can add you into our system. This may take some time so we ask for your patience while our reception team facilitates this.

If you are a new patient to the practice please call us on 07 325 5444 and let our reception team know you wish to make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. You will not be able to book through our online booking system. Your contact details will be taken and we will call you back to confirm your eligibility, take down further details, and book you in for your appointment.

You will also need to have the following information ready when presenting at the practice:

  • Medicare Card 
  • The date of your last flu vaccination (If you have had a recent shot- Patients cannot have a COVID-19 vaccination within 14 days of the flu jab)
  • Drivers License, passport or other form of age identifying ID
  • Workplace ID or payslip if you are working in a high risk occupation and are eligible for immunisation

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