WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS AND COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. Currently spreading ‘OMICRON’ strain is more contagious and LESS virulent than previous strains.
The best way to prevent and stop the transmission of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Protect yourself and others from infection by social distancing, washing your hands and covering your cough. Stay home if you are unwell.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through aerosols & droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
COVID-SAFE PROTOCOL – FACE MASKS COMPULSORY INSIDE CLINIC
For the safety of all patients and staff, you must wear a mask, sanitise hands, and socially distance at all times while visiting the medical centre. Please do not attend the medical centre if you have tested positive for Covid-19, are unwell or have been in contact with a potential case of COVID-19, make a TeleHealth appointment and receive medical advice at home.
PFIZER VACCINE IS AVAILABLE for ≥ 12 years
Victoria St Medical Group is a COVID-19 Vaccination provider.Click here to find out whether you are eligible to receive your COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer vaccine is available for all Australians over 12 years on at Victoria St Medical strictly by appointment only. To prepare for your Covid-19 vaccination, click prepare . If you do not hold a Medicare card, please click here to make an appointment for your mRNA/AZ jab at your nearest Government Hub or vaccination centre.
PROCEDURE FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION AT VICTORIA STREET MEDICAL GROUP
COVID-19 vaccination will be delivered strictly by appointment to medicare card holders only, you will need to secure your booking by speaking to our reception staff by telephone or in person, no online bookings. There will be no walk-in service for this vaccination. On arrival, please complete your consent & questionnaire form and have this ready for the doctor/nurse.
At the first appointment you are required to complete a consent form/be verbally consented. The doctor will ask you a series of questions, examine your medical history, perform a brief examination, and then run through your risks vs benefits of receiving the vaccine based on your medical history, age group and the prevailing level of Covid-19 infection in the community. You will then be given an opportunity to ask questions and these will be answered by the doctor. Once you are satisfied and consent to vaccination, you will receive the covid-19 vaccine jab.
At the second and subsequent vaccination appointments, a brief history of recent wellness is taken, along with a temperature check and the Covid-19 vaccine is administered by the nurse under the instruction of the doctor. You will be seated in the waiting room for 15 minutes after which you report to reception to confirm your wellbeing before departing.
After vaccination, your details will be uploaded onto the Australian Immunisation Register. You can access these details through your My Health Record via myGov. Between 1-3 days after the shot, you are likely to experience some mild headaches, fever, body aches and pains. These can be treated with panadol, rest and hydration. For further information please click here to find out what side effects to look for and how to manage and report them appropriately.