Precautions for vaccination

People with certain conditions may need additional precautions. If any of the following apply to you please make an appointment with your GP to discuss your suitability for the vaccine PRIOR to making a vaccination appointment:

• An allergic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to an ingredient of the vaccine.

• Anaphylaxis to other vaccines or to other medicines. Your provider can check to ensure there are no common ingredients with the COVID-19 vaccine you are receiving.

• A mast cell disorder.

If you have had another vaccine, for example the influenza vaccination, Pneumovax or Zostavax in the 7 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.

If you have a bleeding disorder or you are taking a blood-thinning medication (anticoagulants like warfarin) and your recent INR readings have been unstable, please speak with your GP. This is to help determine whether it is safe for you to have an intramuscular injection and to decide the best timing for injection.

Booking your Covid-19 vaccine appointment

COVID-19 vaccinations are voluntary and free. All our vaccinations are being performed at Panaceum Medical on Lester Avenue, Geraldton on set clinic days. If you have any questions about the vaccine we recommend booking in to discuss with your GP to discuss prior to making an appointment.

Please call us on 9920 8111 to book your appointments.

You will need to book an appointment for both your first and second doses at the same time, our receptionist will assist you with this.

Plan ahead for two doses. It is important that you receive two doses of your COVID-19 vaccine. The time interval between the doses depends on the vaccine you are eligible to receive.

• AstraZeneca vaccines require 12 weeks between your two doses.
• Pfizer vaccines require 3 weeks between your two doses.

Optimal protection against COVID-19 will not occur until about one to two weeks after your second dose.

Preparing for your vaccination

Before your vaccination appointment, you should make sure your details are up to date with Medicare.

Enrol in Medicare, if you are not already enrolled.

Create a myGov account and link Medicare, if you haven't got a myGov account yet.

Set up your Medicare online account if you’re enrolled in Medicare, but don’t have Medicare linked to myGov.

Get an Individual Health Identifier (IHI), if you’re not eligible for Medicare.

You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health.

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.

Please call us and we will reschedule your appointment.

To keep you and our community save, before and after vaccination, it is important that you continue to:

• Stay 1.5 metres away from other people and avoid handshakes and contact with people outside your household.

• Stay home if you feel unwell and get tested for COVID-19. You must stay at home until your results come back.

• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitiser.

• Always cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue and put the tissue in the bin straight away.

• Download the COVID-Safe app to help health officials let you know if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, visit