COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Page updated: 23th June, 2021

UPDATE: We are now taking bookings via our online booking system for anyone that is eligible for the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines.

Astra Zeneca vaccinations are available now and Pfizer vaccinations will be available from 5th July.

Before making your booking online or calling reception please check your eligibility via the Government eligibility checker

Please note: If you have had you first dose of Astra Zeneca and you did not have any severe adverse reactions (this does not include the reactions listed as common on the information sheet here .  The government advice is that you should receive your second dose of the vaccine even if you are under 60 years of age.

Please follow this link to read the ATAGI Statement The ATAGI statement

Please follow this link for the updated consent form consent form  this form will need to be completed before you receive your first dose of either vaccine

Please follow this link to a FAQ document from Department of Health frequently asked questions

Page updated: 17th June, 2021

UPDATE:  The ATAGI has issued an update to the advice for the vaccination program as of June 17th 2021 and in light of these recommendations the Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly has issued the following information to us:

“The Australian Government places safety above all else and will continue to follow the medical advice in protecting Australians. On this basis, the Government has accepted ATAGI’s recommendations and will move swiftly to ensure Australia’s vaccination program  and advice to patients is adjusted accordingly.”

Immediate changes to the Australian COVID-19 Vaccine Program

In light of this recommendation I would like to advise of changes to the Australian COVID- 19 Vaccine Program which include:

  • A preference for the use of the Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine in adults aged under 60 years.
    • Immediate access to the Pfizer vaccine for people aged 50-59 at the 21 Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics (CVCs) and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) already administering Pfizer from tomorrow, 18 June 2021.
  • States and territories will work to open Pfizer access to people aged 50-59 at state clinics as soon as possible.

Future changes to the program

Australia has secured enough supply of Pfizer vaccine to act on the new advice from ATAGI. The number of Pfizer sites will be expanded through:

  • A further 40 CVCs to commence administering Pfizer by the end of June, and a further 30 will commence in the week of 5 July (70 total by the first week of July). The remaining CVCs will commence administering Pfizer by the end of July.
  • Fast-tracking the transition of participating general practices during July, with 1,300 – 1,350 sites commencing Pfizer vaccination over three weeks from 5 July 2012. The remaining general practices which are currently participating in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout will transition progressively to administering Pfizer later this year as Pfizer availability increases.

Northside Health has been asked to administer Pfizer vaccines from Monday 5th July to all eligible Australians under 60 years of age as per the vaccination rollout. We are currently waiting to receive the supplies of this vaccine and will be taking bookings as soon as we can.

Please follow this link to read the ATAGI Statement The ATAGI statement

Please follow this link for the updated consent form consent form  this form will need to be completed before you receive your first dose of either vaccine

Please follow this link to a FAQ document from Department of Health frequently asked questions

Page updated: 29th March, 2021

UPDATE: Northside Health has received our first allocation of COVID vaccines and our first Vaccination Clinic will be on Wednesday 7th April.

Our on line booking system is now live and you can access it from the home page of our website

We have limited supplies of the vaccine at this stage and we remind patients that the vaccine is given in two doses, 12 weeks apart.

Your second dose appointment will be made when you receive your first dose.

We are able to take bookings for anyone that is part of the 1b rollout phase – please check to see if this applies to you

If you have any trouble booking your appointment we have some electronic tablets in our reception area and our friendly reception and triage staff can help you to use these devices to make your appointment.

Please make sure that you fill in a consent form, print it and bring it with you to your appointment

You will be required to stay for between 15-30 minutes after you have received your vaccination so make sure that you allow enough time for this when making an appointment.

Due to social distancing and space in the clinic please do not present to the clinic any earlier than 5 minutes before your appointment time. We will be running the clinic in our Allied Health area located at Suite 1, 14 Edgar Street Coffs Harbour just down from our main practice in Suite 3.

We will provide further updates as they are available.

Page updated: 15th March, 2021

UPDATE: Northside Health has been approved by the Department of Health to be a COVID Vaccine Provider for Stage 1b. We are currently awaiting on advice as to how many vaccines we will be allocated and when we receive them. As soon as we have this information and the infrastructure to take bookings for the administration of the vaccine we will advise patients. Please watch this page and our Face Book page for further updates.

We are awaiting advice from the Dept of Health about when we will receive our vaccines and hope to bring this information to you shortly in the mean time the following link will give you access to the Australian Govt site where you can check out what you need to do before you are vaccinated and find out what stage of the rollout that you will qualify for the vaccination.

Page updated: 10th February, 2021

Northside Health supports the roll out of the COVID Vaccine and is committed to providing our patients and the Coffs Harbour Community with reliable information about the rollout strategy and the vaccines.

As we are made aware of information we will update this page so that you have a a reliable source of information.

At this stage the government is rolling out the vaccine as per the graph below.  (Select the graph to view a larger version)

Chart showing Australia's COVID-19 Vaccine National Roll-out Strategy
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Coffs Harbour Hospital has been named as a vaccine hub for Phase 1a rollout and the government has called for Expressions of Interest from General Practices to be a part of Phase 1b.

Northside Health has submitted an expression of interest along with some of the other practices in Coffs Harbour and we are all awaiting the decision at this point in time.

As soon as we know any further information in regards to Phase 1b we will update this page on the website and also our Facebook page.

Our receptionists will not be able to tell you any further information than what is on this page so we ask that you check this page before calling the practice.

We anticipate being able to bring you some FAQ’s very shortly.

Other reliable and trustworthy information

Australian Academy of Science video: Vaccination Confusion? Here are the facts.
Read their full statement on the pandemic, vaccines and misinformation

Academy of Science video and statement on the pandemic, vaccines and misinformation