PROTECT AGAINST COVID-19
The COVID-19 National Vaccine Rollout has now commenced. The Pharmacy Network has applied to be part of the community pharmacy vaccination program. 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?
Community pharmacies are expected to start vaccinating adults in Phase 2a of the national vaccine rollout and we expect to be involved. It is possible that the timing will be May 2021.
- Adults aged 50-69 years (not in residential care or a high priority worker)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54 years.
- Other critical and high-risk workers.
Phase 2b is the remainder of the adult population not already vaccinated and we do not know the timing.
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?
Community pharmacies and GPs will be providing the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines 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?
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 14 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?
Children under 18 years will not receive a COVID-19 vaccine. There is no evidence that the vaccine is unsafe for children. However, more evidence is needed before it can be considered safe to be used.
I'M PREGNANT/TRYING TO FALL PREGNANT, SHOULD I GET VACCINATED?
The COVID-19 vaccines have not yet been tested for use in pregnancy, so until more evidence is available, pregnant women should not routinely receive the vaccine. The vaccine should only be used in pregnancy when the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks. 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.
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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