COVID-19 Vaccination

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UPDATE 20th January 2023 – “2023 Booster” available for all over 18s.

  • From 20th January 2023 a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is available to all over 18s
  • It is recommended that all over 65s and all other patients at risk for severe COVID-19 book a soon as possible.
  • Not suitable for patients who have had COVID-19 infection or a COVID-19 vaccine in the preeceding 6 months
  • These can be booked via hotdoc.
  • Consent forms must be completed for each vaccine appointment, even if you have completed one for COVID 19 vaccine previously. These are sent electronically from hotdoc after your booking.
  • The updated ATAGI recommendation can be found here.

UPDATE 7th July 2022 – “WINTER BOOSTER” recommended for over 50s, available for over 30s.

  • As of 7th July 2022 patients aged 50 and older are recommended to have an additional booster or “Winter dose” of COVID-19 vaccine (2 initial doses, booster 3 months later and second booster 3 months after that).
  • Patients over 30 are also eligible for a second booster but the benefit for people in this age group is less certain.
  • The gap between your previous booster or COVID-19 infection and the “Winter Booster” has been reduced from 4 to 3 months.
  • These can be booked via hotdoc.
  • Second booster doses must be a MINIMUM of 3 months after your last dose of COVID 19 vaccine or COVID-19 infection.
  • PFIZER COVID 19 vaccine and MODERNA COVID 19 vaccine are both TGA and ATAGI approved for booster vaccines. It does not matter which vaccine you had before.
  • Consent forms must be completed for each vaccine appointment, even if you have completed one for COVID 19 vaccine previously. These are sent electronically from hotdoc after your booking.
  • The updated ATAGI recommendation can be found here.

BOOSTERS – ALL patients 18 and over

  • Can be booked via hotdoc.
  • Booster doses must be a MINIMUM of 3 months after your second dose of COVID 19 vaccine.
  • PFIZER COVID 19 vaccine and MODERNA COVID 19 vaccine are both TGA approved for booster vaccines. It does not matter which vaccine you had at first.
  • Novavax is not currently used as a booster vaccine
  • Consent forms must be completed for each vaccine appointment, even if you have completed one for COVID 19 vaccine previously. These are sent electronically from hotdoc after your booking.

COVID-19 vaccination – First and second doses

  • Please book your dose 1 and dose 2 vaccine online via HOTDOC
  • New patients please note: We will only be accepting new patients for COVID-19 vaccination by booking online at HOTDOC
  • Stay up to date on the government website here
  • Check for updates on our website here or on our facebook page
  • Ensure your details are up to date – name, DOB, medicare card, contact details
  • If you do not have a valid Medicare card, please contact a vaccination hub
  • Please be respectful of our staff when calling for information or bookings
  • Do not book a COVID-19 vaccination within 7 days of any other vaccination (eg. flu vaccine)

Types of Vaccines

  • Nelson Plaza currently provides vaccination with Modera and Pfizer brand vaccines for COVID-19
  • Pfizer brand vaccine is available for patients aged 12 years and older
  • Pfizer paediatric dose is available for patients aged 5-11 years
  • Moderna brand vaccine is available for patients aged 18 and older

Forms required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination

  1. Patient Registration Form – CLICK HERE to download a copy (if not a regular patient of our clinic – this is supplied to you when making your appointment online via HOTDOC)
  2. COVID-19 Vaccination Consent Form – CLICK HERE to download a copy (Supplied when booking on HOTDOC)

COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ

Am I Eligible?

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On the day of vaccination

  • Do not attend the clinic if you are unwell.
  • Where possible, only those receiving the vaccine should attend
  • Check in with QR code on arrival
  • Wear clothing with easy access to your upper arm
  • Make sure your paperwork has been completed online
  • Bring photo ID
  • Do not arrive early
  • Expect to wait 15-30 minutes after the vaccine

Where is the vaccination clinic?

  • In the arcade leading to Nelson Plaza Clinic on the left-hand side before the lift (29 Stockton Street, Nelson Bay)
  • We recommend street parking if possible

After the vaccine

  • Side effects are common but mild and short lived.
  • See here for more information after Astrazeneca brand vaccine.
  • See here for more information after Pfizer brand vaccine.

Who should not have a vaccine at this time?

  • Patients who are unwell with a fever >38.5 degrees
  • Patients with a history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, heparin induced thrombocytopenia, idiopathic splanchnic vein thrombosis or antiphospholipid syndrome with thrombosis should not have AstraZeneca brand vaccine.
  • Patients with a recent history of pericarditis, myocarditis, endocarditis, acute rheumatic fever, dilated cardiomyopathy if under 30 years old, complex congenital heart disease, acute heart failure, cardiac transplant need further assessment before Pfizer brand vaccine. These patients must consult their cardiologist about timing of Pfizer vaccination

Who can have the vaccine?

  • All patients who meet the government eligibility
  • Patients with a history of anaphylaxis – but you will have to wait 30 minutes post vaccination
  • Patients who are immunocompromised
  • Patients with complex medical issues including cancer
  • Patients with a history of deep venous thrombosis, stroke, pulmonary embolus and most common “clots”.

I need more specific information about COVID-19
vaccination and my personal health

Please book an appointment to speak to your regular GP to get the best advice for your situation