Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is currently underway.
Midtown Medical Clinic will be providing COVID-19 vaccines (AstraZeneca) from March 2021. For your convenience we will be conducting dedicated vaccination clinics during business hours and after hours. You may also have the opportunity to have the vaccine during the course of your regular consultation. You will be able to book online, or phone us on 9650 4284 to arrange an appointment. We are yet to be advised by the Australian Government the exact date our vaccination program will commence.
Vaccines will be made available and administered in phases. Priority groups have been identified using public health, medical and epidemiological evidence.
This includes people that would be at higher risk of serious illness if they contacted COVID-19, and those most likely to be exposed to it.
The vaccine will be administered to the public in stages – the highest risk & most vulnerable first, through to those at a lower risk.
Phase 1a (currently underway)
- Quarantine and border workers including staff at entry points to the country (such as sea ports and land borders; staff working in quarantine facilities, including those employed under Commonwealth, state or private agreements; and Commonwealth employees (including Defence personnel) who are identified as having the potential to encounter returning travellers as part of their work.
- Frontline health care worker sub-groups for prioritisation including frontline staff in facilities or services such as hospital emergency departments, COVID-19 and respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and High-dependence Units; laboratory staff handling potentially infectious material; ambulance and paramedics service; GP respiratory clinics and COVID-19 testing facilities.
- Aged care and disability care staff.
- Aged care and disability care residents.
Phase 1b (due to commence in March 2021)
- Elderly adults aged 80 years and over
- Elderly adults aged 70 – 79 years
- Other health care workers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55 years
- Adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
- Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
- Adults aged 60- 69 years
- Adults aged 50 – 59 years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18 – 54 years
- Other critical and high risk workers
- Balance of the adult population
- Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases
- < 18 years if recommended
You can check to see in which phase you will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by using the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker. You may need to provide evidence of eligibility to your vaccination provider before you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Whether you are in a priority group or not, the best thing you can do is stay up to date and continue to be COVIDSafe. The Australian Government continue to provide further information about how vaccines will roll out over coming months.
In the meantime we all need to:
- practise good hygiene
- maintain physical distance
- stay home if you are sick and get tested
- download the COVIDSafe app
Feel free to contact us on 9650 4284 if you have any queries at all about the COVID-19 vaccine.
We are here to help!