COVID vaccines

COVID vaccines

Posted on Apr 8, 2021

Turn The Corner is participating in Phase 1b of the COVID vaccine roll-out. We are being provided only with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Existing and new patients qualifying for a Phase 1b vaccine (see below) are now welcome to book appointments online. Appointments for COVID vaccines are not able to be booked by phone.

COVID vaccination involves two separate doses administered 12 weeks apart. We would encourage you to book both appointments at the same time. If you’re planning a flu shot too, the minimum interval between it and a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is 14 days. Please bear that in mind when making your appointments.

COVID vaccines will be given in our dedicated COVID vaccine clinic. These clinics will run during weekday afternoons, and be managed by our Nurses with oversight from one of our Doctors. It will not be possible for your regular doctor to provide the vaccine as part of a regular appointment. This is because the vaccine stock has to be managed differently to other vaccines, and we need to minimize the risk of stock obsolescence and wastage.

Patients qualifying for a COVID vaccine in Phase 1b of the rollout include the following;

  1. Adults aged 70 years and over
  2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults
  3. Adults with a specified medical condition, including the following. Patients will need to provide proof of these conditions to demonstrate their eligibility, via My Health Record, a health professional referral, or a declaration form.
    • organ transplant recipients who are on immune suppressive therapy
    • people who have had a bone marrow transplant in the last 24 months
    • people on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease
    • people who have haematological cancers, for example, leukaemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome, diagnosed within the last 5 years
    • people having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
    • people with chronic renal (kidney) failure
    • people with heart disease such as coronary heart disease or failure
    • people with chronic lung disease, excluding mild or moderate asthma
    • people who have a non-haematological cancer, diagnosed within the last 5 years
    • people who have diabetes
    • people with severe obesity, with a Body Mass Index of 40 or over
    • people with chronic liver disease
    • people with some neurological conditions including stroke and dementia
    • people with some chronic inflammatory conditions and treatments
    • people with other primary or acquired immunodeficiency, including HIV
    • people with poorly controlled blood pressure
  4. Adults with a disability who have a specified underlying medical condition
  5. Critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing. Patients will need to provide proof of occupation to demonstrate their eligibility.
  6. Other health care workers (not in Phase 1a)

On 8 April, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) made statements about the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which we are providing. In summary;

  • ATAGI recommends that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is preferred over AstraZeneca’s in adults aged under 50 years. Note: Turn The Corner is not being provided with the Pfizer vaccine, so if you are under 50 we encourage you to check Government health websites for details of where you will be able to receive it.
  • The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can be used in adults aged under 50 years where the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks for that individual and the person has made an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits.
  • People who have had the first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine without any serious adverse effects can be given the second dose, including adults under 50 years.