PROTECT AGAINST COVID-19
The COVID-19 National Vaccine Rollout has now commenced and The Pharmacy Network stores in Canberra are participating. All our stores have been approved and Astra-Zeneca vaccine is now available at all stores. Click here to make a booking at your preferred Pharmacy Network store.
You can learn more about the program and check your eligibility by visiting the Australian Government Department of Health National COVID-19 Rollout information page.
WILL THE PHARMACY NETWORK BE PARTICIPATING IN THE COVID-19 VACCINE ROLLOUT?
Yes, all of our stores have been approved to participate and AstraZeneca vaccinations are now available at The Pharmacy on Petrie.
WHAT WILL THE VACCINE COST ME?
COVID -19 Vaccines will be free for all Australian citizens, permanent residents and most visa holders as per the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.
WHICH VACCINE WILL YOU GIVE?
We are currently providing the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine in all stores. Moderna will be available late in September and bookings are currently open in The Pharmacy on Petrie only.
HOW WAS THE VACCINE DEVELOPED SO QUICKLY?
Funding was no obstacle and thousands of scientists contributed to the effort. Many thousands of people signed up rapidly to participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials in 2020.
These vaccines have been tested with more participants than many earlier vaccines for other diseases.
HOW IS THE VACCINE GIVEN?
The COVID-19 Vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm. It is given in two doses. You will have the second dose 3 to 12 weeks after having the first dose.
SHOULD I HAVE BOTH FLU AND COVID-19 VACCINATIONS THIS YEAR?
Yes. The Australian Government recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months has the flu shot every year. It is difficult to predict who will catch influenza (usually referred to as the flu) or who will become seriously ill from it. The flu can require someone to be hospitalised and it can even be fatal.
WHAT ABOUT THE TIME OF COVID-19 VACCINATIONS AND MY FLU VACCINATIONS?
Influenza vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine on the same day is not recommended. The preferred minimum interval between a dose of seasonal influenza vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine is 7 days.
There is no particular requirement regarding the order of receiving a dose of influenza vaccine and either the first or the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
CAN MY CHILD HAVE THE COVID-19 VACCINE?
We are currently approved to provide AstraZeneca to people 18 years or older. The Moderna vaccine has been approved for children 12 years and older and we will be able to vaccinate this age group with Moderna. If you have any concerns, please speak to your GP regarding vaccination children under 18 years.
I'M PREGNANT/TRYING TO FALL PREGNANT, SHOULD I GET VACCINATED?
Research has shown that pregnant women have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and compared with non-pregnant women with COVID-19 they are more likely to need admission to an intensive care unit and mechanical ventilation. They are also more likely to deliver their babies early, and their babies are more likely to require admission to a newborn intensive care unit.
There is now real-world evidence from countries such as the USA showing that mRNA vaccines (such as the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine) are safe in pregnant women, and the side effects they report are similar to those in non-pregnant women.
If you are pregnant and think you might be at high risk, you should discuss having or completing your COVID-19 vaccine with your healthcare professional. https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-shared-decision-making-guide-for-women-who-are-pregnant-breastfeeding-or-planning-pregnancy
You do not have to avoid pregnancy after receiving the vaccination as the vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.
I'M BREASTFEEDING, SHOULD I GET VACCINATED?
The COVID-19 vaccines are not thought to be a risk to breastfeeding infants. Therefore, we anticipate that the vaccine will be recommended to breastfeeding mothers.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN TO BOOK?
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