Covid-19 Vaccines – Pre and Post Vaccination Information

Are you eligible for the vaccine?
if you have not already done so, please check and confirm that you are eligible for this vaccination group by completing the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.
Who should NOT receive this vaccine

You should not receive a Covid-19 vaccine if one of the following applies to you. If one of these scenarios does apply it is important for you to contact the practice:

• 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 already had the Pfizer vaccine (1st or 2nd dose).

• If you had your 1st dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine within 10-12 weeks.

You should not receive this vaccine if you have had:

• Anaphylaxis (a type of severe allergic reaction) to a previous dose of the same COVID-19 vaccine, or

• Anaphylaxis after exposure to any component of a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you answer YES to any of the following questions please contact us before your vaccination.

General:

• Do you have any serious allergies, particularly anaphylaxis, to anything?

• Have you had an allergic reaction after being vaccinated before?

• Have you had COVID-19 before?

• Are you pregnant or do you think you might be pregnant?

• Are you breastfeeding?

• Have you had a vaccine in the past 7 days?

• Are you sick with a cough, sore throat, fever or are feeling sick in another way?

Specific to the Astra Zeneca Vaccine:

• Are you UNDER 60 years years of age?

• Do you have a past history of any of the following?
  - Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST)
  - Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)
  - Idiopathic splanchnic (mesenteric, portal and splenic) venous thrombosis
  - Anti-phospholipid syndrome with thrombosis
  - Capillary leak syndrome
  - Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) occurring after a previous dose of the vaccine

Specific to the Pfizer Vaccine:

• Myocarditis and/or pericarditis attributed to a previous dose of the vaccine

• Any other serious adverse events attributed to a previous dose of the vaccine

• Are you OVER 60 years of age?

• Do you have a past history of any of the following?
  - Inflammatory cardiac illness e.g. myocarditis, pericarditis, endocarditis
  - Acute rheumatic fever
  - Dilated cardiomyopathy (for people under 30 years of age)
  - Congenital heart disease
  - Severe heart failure
  - Heart transplant recipient

Other Precautions

Do you have a bleeding disorder?

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 before having your vaccine. This is to help determine whether it is safe for you to have an intramuscular injection and to decide the best timing for injection.

Are you are immunocompromised?

This means that you have a weakened immune system that may make it harder for you to fight infections and other diseases. Sometimes a disease like diabetes or cancer can cause this or certain medicines or treatments you take, such as medicine for cancer. The Australian Government strongly recommends people with immunocompromise receive COVID-19 vaccination. It is safe in people with immunocompromise. Please tell your vaccination provider if you are immunocompromised so that they can give you the best post vaccine advice.

On the day of your vaccine

• Please be on time, we are running a tight clinic.

• You will be checked-in at the front desk and given some pre and post vaccination information to take with you.

• You will be asked to take a seat and read through the information before being taken in to the treatment room.

• Our Covid-19 vaccine trained team will check your eligibility, check you are safe to have the vaccine and will administer the vaccine.

• Please wear a short sleeve shirt allowing your upper arm to be accessible for your vaccine to be given.

• You will be required to wait for 15 minutes for post vaccine for observation.

• You will be informed when you can leave.

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.

Vaccine information

• For more information on the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine please click the following link Patient Information on Covid-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine.

• For more information on the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine please click the following link Patient Information on Covid-19 Pfizer Vaccine.

Post vaccination information

After receiving any vaccine, you may experience minor side effects. Most side effects are mild and last no more than a few days.

Common reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations include:
• A sore arm
• Headache
• Low level fever
• Muscle pain
• Chills
• Tiredness
• Joint pain

Please follow this link for Information after your AstraZeneca Vaccine.

Please follow this link for Information after your Pfizer Vaccine.

You can use the COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects Checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccination. The checker is also available through the National Coronavirus Helpline, Ph: 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.

Who to contact

You can ask your doctor for specific advice about possible side effects. Please call us if you would like to book an appointment with your GP.

If you think a COVID-19 vaccine has caused a side effect, you can report it. Reports of suspected side effects help the TGA monitor COVID-19 vaccine safety. Our practice can report side effects to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on your behalf, or you can report your side effects yourself. Visit the TGA website to find out how.

After your Covid-19 vaccination, it is important that you continue to protect those around you

• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.

• Keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

• Make sure the COVID-Safe app is active on your phone.

• Stay informed about local restrictions.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, visit health.gov.au.