COVID-19 Vaccination Service

COVID-19

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Ramsay Pharmacy is an approved vaccination provider for the AstraZeneca and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local area and wider community.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility Checker

Before you book your appointment, it’s important to ensure you are eligible for the Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine.

Moderna is available to anybody over the age of 12. AstraZeneca is available to anybody over the age of 18, however Moderna is the preferred vaccine for people aged 12 and over.

Vaccine eligibility can change at any time, and you can check your current eligibility by using the Australian Government vaccine eligibility checker

Booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can book on our website online through the links below, or come in to the pharmacy.
You can also call us to book your appointments to get your first and second doses of the vaccine.
Make sure you book an appointment for your first and second doses of the vaccine. Please call us if you need to confirm what the timing should be between the appointments.

Getting ready for your appointment

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:
• if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
• if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
• if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
• if you are in quarantine.

If you have had another vaccine in the 7 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.
If you cannot make it to your vaccination appointment, please contact us to arrange a new appointment.

You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination

 

Find a participating store and book your vaccination below

We answer some of your important COVID-19 questions below in our FAQs:

The TGA considers the safety, quality and effectiveness of every ingredient in a vaccine before registering the vaccine for use in Australia. The provisional approval pathway is a process that allows for temporary registration of promising new medicines and vaccines where the need for early access outweighs the risks. The TGA carefully assess the results of clinical trials and the way in which the trials were conducted. As a further check, the TGA laboratories assess the quality of every batch of a vaccine before it can be supplied in Australia. The TGA works closely with international regulators to collaborate and share information as part of the evaluations process.

 

No COVID-19 vaccines have been created using live viruses, nor can you catch or shed COVID-19 after vaccination.  All three COVID-19 vaccines available in Australia have been shown to be effective and safe.

 

Moderna: The Moderna vaccine is a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine. This is a different way of developing vaccines; conventional vaccines are often produced using either fragments or weakened forms of the virus, but mRNA vaccines use only parts of the virus’s genetic code. mRNA acts as a set of instructions, and tells your body how to produce fragments of the COVID-19 virus known as spike proteins.  When the spike proteins are produced from mRNA ‘instructions’, the proteins are then ‘displayed’ on the surface of some cells in your body.  Your immune system recognises these proteins as being foreign, and starts preparing its own defences known as antibodies to fight coronavirus.  You will need two doses 4 weeks apart, although this can be reduced to 14 days at an absolute minimum.

When spike proteins are produced by your body and displayed on the surface of cells, it creates a stronger immune reaction and better protection than conventional vaccines.

mRNA vaccines such as Moderna have been shown to be safe and effective for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and can be given to eligible people over 12 years of age.

The Moderna mRNA vaccine must be stored at ultra-cold temperatures (-15°C to -25°C), however can be stored for up to one month at normal refrigerated conditions.  The Moderna vaccine is being manufactured in the United States, Switzerland and Spain.

 

Pfizer:  The Pfizer vaccine is an mRNA vaccine, and almost mirrors the Moderna vaccine in how it works and in effectiveness.  It has also been shown to be safe and effective for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and can also be given to eligible people over 12 years of age.

The Pfizer mRNA vaccine must be stored at ultra-cold temperatures (-70°C), however can be stored for up to one month at normal refrigerated conditions.  The Pfizer vaccine is being manufactured in the United States, Belgium and Germany

 

The AstraZeneca vaccine was developed by the University of Oxford and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.  It is not an mRNA vaccine; instead, it uses a virus harmless to humans to deliver the virus’ genetic code, for the body to respond by creating antigens in a similar way to the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine. Recipients require two doses administered between 4 and 12 weeks apart. It can be stored and transported at normal refrigerated conditions between 2°C and 8°C. The AstraZeneca vaccine is currently manufactured by Australian-headquartered pharmaceutical company CSL.

 

Whilst the AstraZeneca vaccine can be used in eligible people over 18 years of age, mRNA vaccines such as Moderna or Pfizer are preferred for people under 60 years of age.  This is due to an extremely rare, but still present, risk of a particular type of blood clot in younger people.  Whilst the risk of a catastrophic event from the AstraZeneca vaccine is extremely low – less than 1 in 1 million, or roughly the same risk as being struck by lightning – mRNA vaccines do not carry any risk at all of blood clots and are therefore preferred in people under 60 years of age.

 

No, the vaccines are not interchangeable. Your second dose must be of the same vaccine. Tests have not been conducted on the efficacy of the two doses being from different vaccines.

 

Yes, everyone, even those who have had the vaccine, will still be required to practise social distancing, maintain good hand hygiene, and adhere to any other relevant local protocols.

 

Any vaccine approved for use in Australia is first rigorously assessed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. It tests vaccines for safety, quality and efficacy before they can be used in Australia. Millions of people in countries around the world, including the United States and United Kingdom, have now been vaccinated with the Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. More information can be accessed here or watch this video below explaining the approval process.

 

The Australian Government have stated that they will provide all COVID-19 vaccines free of charge to all Australians.

 

Currently, anyone aged under 12 years will not be able to receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and anyone aged under 18 years will not be able to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Moderna or Pfizer vaccine is the recommended vaccine for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and the Australian Government has provided a guide here: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/pregnancy-breastfeeding-and-covid-19-vaccines-english.

If you have any concerns about whether the COVID-19 vaccine is suitable for your circumstances, you should speak to your Pharmacist Immuniser or GP first.

Early trials of COVID-19 vaccines have reported mild side effects such as pain at the injection site, fever, headache or muscle aches. All these side effects were temporary. The COVID-19 vaccines have not been created with live viruses, which means it is impossible to be infected with either vaccine as a result of vaccination. If you have any concerns about whether the vaccine is suitable for your particular medical circumstances, you should speak to your Pharmacist Immuniser or GP first.

If you have any concerns about whether the vaccine is suitable for your particular medical circumstances, you should speak to your Pharmacist first. Prior to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine you will be provided within information about the COVID-19 vaccination and will have the opportunity to ask the Pharmacist Immuniser any questions.

All vaccines take some time to offer protection. It is anticipated those who have the COVID-19 vaccine will be protected after about two weeks of the first dose. The Moderna, Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines will require a follow-up second dose.  

Any vaccine can have people who will not be protected from disease after having the vaccination, the vaccines are not 100% effective in preventing you from catching COVID-19. They create antibodies which can fight the COVID-19 infection to stop you becoming severely unwell. You may still be able to pass COVID-19 on, but the period of time of transmission would be reduced.

According to the World Health Organisation it is too early to know if COVID-19 vaccines will provide long-term protection, although many vaccines allow the body to create long-term immunity.

The COVID-19 vaccines have not been created with live viruses, which means it is impossible to be infected with either as a result of vaccination.

No, those vaccines are targeted at creating different antibodies for different viruses.

It is a legal requirement that information on everyone receiving the COVID-19 vaccine given to every person is recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Yes, all Australians are encouraged to have their seasonal influenza vaccine in addition to the COVID-19 vaccine. It is advised to still get your flu vaccination and you will need to wait at least 7 days between your flu vaccine and each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.