COVID-19 and 2021 Flu Vaccination


We have Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccinations available for those aged 60 years and over.

We have Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations available for those aged 40-59 years who have not had an Astra Zeneca vaccination, or those aged 16-39 years with medical/occupational risk.

We have both government funded flu vaccines (age 6m – <5 years, 65+, medically at risk) and private vaccinations.

Book your vaccination appointment now

If you are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination you may book online at Pear Tree or at a Government Hub. Please note we have limited supply but can take reservations and let you know when your vaccination can be booked.

If you wish to consider Astra Zeneca vaccination, are not currently eligible for Pfizer vaccination and you are under 60 years, please book an appointment with your GP to discuss your situation and the risks and benefits of vaccination for you.

COVID-19 vaccination for Aged Care and Disability workers

To ensure that aged care workers can be fully vaccinated quickly, SA Health is now making the Pfizer vaccine available to Disability workers and all people working in Residential Aged Care Facilities, regardless of age.

This includes all staff (nursing and personal care workers, allied health professionals, GPs who attend on-site, students on placement, kitchen, cleaning, laundry, garden and maintenance and administration/office staff), agency staff and contractors.

People will need to bring proof of employment to their appointment, such as a payslip, letter from your employer or current work ID card showing their employment in a residential aged care facility.

People aged 16 to 49 years of age can make their appointment using the online booking system.

People aged 50 years or over can book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment by calling the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787.

More information is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDvaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccination

What about the risk of clots with Astra Zeneca?

There is a very low chance that you may develop a rare but serious side effect of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia with the Astra Zeneca vaccine. This may occur in 4-6 people per million after the Astra Zeneca vaccination. This is most common in those aged under 60 years. The Australian Technical Advisory Group (ATAGI) advises that the Pfizer vaccine is preferable for those under 60 years (updated 17/6/2021).

Read more about this from the ATAGI update from 17 June 2021


Who is eligible to get the Pfizer vaccine?

  • Pfizer is the preferred vaccination for those aged 40-59 years and those aged under 60 years in phases 1a and 1b
  • People with a documented anaphylaxis to ingredients in the Astra Zeneca vaccination
  • People aged 60 years and over with a history of cerebral venous thrombosis, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis with thrombocytopaenia syndrome
  • Past history of idiopathic splanchnic (mesenteric, portal, splenic) vein thrombosis
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome with thrombosis 

Pfizer vaccine and pregnancy

RANZCOG and ATAGI recommend that pregnant women are routinely offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of pregnancy. This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby.

Global surveillance data from large numbers of pregnant women have not identified any significant safety concerns with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines given at any stage of pregnancy. There is also evidence of antibody in cord blood and breastmilk, which may offer protection to infants through passive immunity.

Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to delay vaccination or avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination.

Read the joint statement between RANZCOG and ATAGI about COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women.

Where else can I get my COVID-19 vaccination?

You may choose to source your COVID vaccination from other providers.  These vaccination sites can be found at https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility.

 If you choose to attend another provider for your COVID-19 Vaccination, you are required to complete an Eligibility Declaration Form

Tell me about the COVID-19 vaccination

The Department of Health has a webpage that is regularly updated on the COVID vaccination.  If you would prefer to speak over the phone, you can call the COVID Vaccine Helpline on 1800 020 080.  You may also email any questions covidvaccineenquiries@health.gov.au.

 Other specific resources:

 

What do I need to do before my vaccination appointment?

We ask that you don’t book into a COVOD-19 vaccination clinic until you are certain you would like to have a COVID-19 vaccination.  If you are unsure, please check out the Government resources above or talk to your GP, perhaps while getting a script, referral or addressing a medical issue.

On the day of your vaccination

Please reschedule your appointment if you are unwell or have a fever.  We want to fill all available vaccination appointments and would appreciate your call should you not be able to attend.

We need your help to run the vaccination clinics efficiently.  Please attend wearing clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm.  If you are being vaccinated at another vaccination site, please bring your completed Eligibility Declaration Form .  You will be required to present photo ID and your Medicare card.

Your vaccination appointment will be bulk-billed and you will be required to wait 15 minutes following (30 minutes if you have a history of allergy).  You will be advised when to book for your second dose.

Due to Government funding, we will only be able to undertake your vaccination in your appointment.  Please book an appointment with your GP if you have another issue you would like addressed or require a script or referral.  Thank you for your understanding. 

 

I’m not sure if I want a COVID-19 vaccination?

You may review the resources available on the Department of Health webpage that is regularly updated on the COVID vaccination.  If you would prefer to speak over the phone, you can call the COVID Vaccine Helpline on 1800 020 080.  You may also email any questions covidvaccineenquiries@health.gov.au. You are more than welcome to make an appointment with your GP to discuss your situation and ask any questions you may have.

 

 

INFLUENZA (FLU) VACCINATION 2021

We have government funded flu vaccines available now and their administration is bulk billed.

We currently have private vaccinations available which will be administered for $25. BOOK NOW!

 

Who are eligible for government funded flu vaccinations?

  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged six months to under 5 years
  • Everyone aged 65 years and over (this is a different vaccine to those available from your chemist to provide you with better immunity to flu)
  • People aged more than six months with medical risk factors

 

Who else should be vaccinated?

Flu vaccination is strongly recommended for:

  • Those who may pass on flu to those at high risk of complications from the flu
  • Those providing essential services (health workers, police etc)
  • People who wish to reduce their risk of getting flu

 

How do I time my flu vaccination with my COVID vaccination?

The flu vaccination must not be given at the same time as a COVID vaccination, and doses must be separated by at least 7 days. The minimum interval between the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines (including influenza vaccine) is now recommended as seven days. This interval can be shortened in special circumstances based on a clinical assessment.

More information is available in the ATAGI Clinical guidance on use of COVID-19 vaccine in Australia in 2021.

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