Covid-19 Vaccination

Covid-19 Vaccination

Narangba Station Medical Centre has received approval from the Australian government to administer both primary COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine boosters. Our dedicated team of experienced and caring general practitioners (GPs) are here to provide you with accurate information and address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

Important Information

To maximise protection against severe illness or death from COVID-19, it's essential to receive all recommended doses based on your age or individual health needs. Boosters, crucial for sustained protection, are freely available for everyone.

In 2024, eligibility for one or two COVID-19 booster doses depends on your age and risk factors. If you've already received your recommended doses in 2023, no additional doses are needed, and you should await new advice.

While updated recommendations are anticipated in 2024, if you qualify for a dose in the coming months, you can still receive it before any new guidelines are established.

Protection against COVID-19 begins 2-3 weeks after the initial dose, with optimal protection from two doses. While vaccines significantly reduce the risk of illness, they are not 100% effective, allowing for breakthrough infections. Despite vaccination, there's a potential for contracting SARS-CoV-2, but the vaccines used in Australia effectively minimise the likelihood of transmitting the virus to close contacts if infection occurs.

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Boosters

Booster doses are recommended for various adult groups, including those aged 65 and over, adults aged 18-64 with medical comorbidities or disabilities, and adults aged 75 and over who should receive a second booster. Consideration for boosters is also advised for adults aged 18-64 without risk factors, children aged 5-17 with medical conditions or disabilities, and adults aged 65-74 or 18-64 with severe immunocompromise after consulting with a healthcare provider.

All booster doses are accessible six months after the last received dose. If you've already received your recommended boosters, there's no need for an additional dose, even if six months have passed. Notably, booster doses are not currently recommended for children and adolescents under 18 without risk factors for severe COVID-19.

It's important to remember that all vaccines approved for use in Australia continue to provide robust protection against serious illness from COVID-19.

Special Circumstances

People with a history of certain conditions, such as recent inflammatory cardiac illnesses (e.g., myocarditis, pericarditis, endocarditis) within the past 6 months, acute rheumatic fever with active myocardial inflammation, or acute decompensated heart failure, can receive the Pfizer vaccine. However, it is crucial to consult with a GP, immunisation specialist, or cardiologist to determine the optimal timing for vaccination and to discuss any additional precautions that may be recommended based on individual health circumstances.

People with weakened immune systems (immunocompromise) due to medical conditions or immunosuppressive medications, are strongly recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by the Australian Government. The Pfizer vaccine is deemed safe for those with immunocompromise.

People who are immunocompromised, including those with conditions like HIV, face a heightened risk of severe illness and increased mortality from COVID-19. While clinical trials for Pfizer did not extensively include people with immunocompromise, except for a small group with stable HIV, it is uncertain whether Pfizer's effectiveness is comparable in this group compared to the general population. As a precaution, maintaining other preventive measures like physical distancing is advised even after vaccination in individuals with immunocompromise.

Pregnant women are routinely recommended to receive Pfizer or Moderna at any stage of pregnancy. Trying to become pregnant does not necessitate delaying vaccination, and there's no need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination.

The increased risk of severe illness and adverse pregnancy outcomes for pregnant women with COVID-19 enhances the importance of vaccination. Real-world evidence supports the safety of Pfizer for pregnant and breastfeeding women, with no need to stop breastfeeding after vaccination.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advises:

  • Pregnant individuals can receive the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.
  • Trying to become pregnant doesn't require delaying vaccination.
  • Pfizer is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding individuals.
  • If Pfizer isn't an option, discussing the suitability of the Novavax vaccine with a doctor is recommended.

Unvaccinated pregnant women face a higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness, potentially impacting premature birth risks. COVID-19 vaccination may provide protection to babies through antibody transfer via the placenta during pregnancy or breast milk during breastfeeding.

If you have previously had COVID-19, it's important to inform your immunisation provider. Vaccination can be postponed for up to six months after the acute illness, as evidence indicates reduced reinfection risk during this period. However, vaccination is permissible once you have recovered from symptomatic infection. If you are considering being vaccinated earlier than six months, you will need to discuss this decision with your doctor or immunisation provider. If you're experiencing ongoing illness from COVID-19, consult your treating doctor to determine the optimal timing for vaccination.

The Pfizer vaccine has received provisional approval for individuals aged 5 years and older but is not authorised for those aged 4 and under. Extensive clinical trials have proven its efficacy for people aged 12 and above. Recent research confirms its safety and effectiveness for children aged 5-11, with a notable 95% reduction in symptomatic COVID-19 cases after two doses. This effectiveness spans diverse demographics, including those over 65 and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. Booster doses are currently recommended five months after the second dose.

Side Effects

According to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), most side effects from COVID-19 vaccines are mild and typically resolved within a couple of days.

AusVaxSafety, which monitors side effects in Australia, reports the following data:

  • Approximately 55% of participants report no side effects.
  • Around 44% report experiencing some side effects.
  • Less than 1% report visiting a doctor or emergency department after vaccination.
  • The reported side effects align with those observed in clinical trials and monitoring in other countries.

It's emphasised that there is no need to take any preventive measures before vaccination to counter potential side effects.

If you have encountered an uncommon side effect, you might qualify for compensation through our COVID-19 vaccine injury compensation program.

Seeking Help After Vaccination

It's important to contact your doctor promptly or seek immediate medical attention if you experience:

  • A severe or unexpected reaction
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling in your leg
  • Persistent stomach pain
  • Severe, persistent headaches
  • Tiny spots under the skin that are not at the injection site.

If you are concerned about a suspected side effect or reaction, you can report it either directly or through your doctor. Further information on reporting suspected side effects associated with a COVID-19 vaccine can be obtained for proper evaluation and monitoring.

All COVID-19 vaccines are provided free of charge, and if your consultation is solely for COVID-19 vaccination, it will be bulk-billed. Please contact Narangba Station Medical Centre to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Call us or book your appointment online

Bookings can be made online using our easy to use booking platform with AutoMed Systems. If you prefer to speak with our team, you can call us on 07 3521 4333.

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