In conjunction with the Australia Government Department of Health, the Helensburgh Respiratory Clinic is providing eligible patients with free doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Please call Covid19 Vaccine Hotline 1800 020 080, Public Health Unit 1300 066 055 if you have any specific question regarding AstraZeneca vaccine.
Online Booking steps (Please read all steps before booking)
If you are unsure or have questions about getting Covid-19 vaccine please discuss with your regular GP before booking with us. Book with us when you are 100% sure about getting the vaccine. Please allow 7 days gap between other vaccines such as Flu-shot.
People age between 18 and 60: Print out this consent form(click here) and bring it with you.
People under 18 years of age are NOT eligible to receive AstraZeneca vaccine.
At the end of booking steps, click on "Book follow up appointment" (second dose) and book at 12 weeks time. You can bring it forward after having your first dose. And then click on "Complete your Registration button" and complete your details and health questionnaire (for first dose only).
Helensburgh Respiratory Clinic is located at the back of Parkes Street General Practice (entrance via Club Ln/Gibbons Ln). Public parking available across the street at Charles Harper Park. Address: 129 Parkes st, Helensburgh, NSW 2508
On the day of vaccination
Bring Photo ID and Medicare card.
Make sure you have completed your registration and health questionnaire online.
Please wear a short, loose sleeve so that the site for vaccination is easily accessible.
Check-in using QR code scanner at the entrance (NOT Service NSW Check-in). Enter your details and it will generate another QR code for you to keep.
Proceed to Observation room (15min).
Book second dose in 12 weeks time. Travelling Oversea: Minimum 4 weeks apart. Preferred interval between two doses during Covid19 outbreak: 4 to 8 weeks.
If you missed second dose at 12 weeks, get a second dose as soon as possible.
All adults who are aged 60 years and older are now eligible for vaccination.
Aged between 50 to 59 years and have already had your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine
If you are aged between 50 to 59 years and have already had your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and did not experience abnormal side effects, ATAGI recommends you still receive your second AstraZeneca dose. This will provide you with greater coverage against severe illness from COVID-19.
If you are under the age of 60
As of June 18, the official Australian advice is that the Pfizer vaccine is preferred over the AstraZeneca vaccine to those under the age of 60 who have not already had their first dose. If you have already had your first dose of the vaccine without any serious adverse effects, it is safe to have the second dose regardless of your age.
What if I am 60 years of age or older?
It continues to be safe for you to have the AstraZeneca vaccine. We do not expect to have sufficient Pfizer vaccines in Australia to be able to give you the choice of Pfizer or Moderna until late 2021.
Request for Pfizer vaccine in over 60s
In line with the Australian government policy, the only vaccines that are available for over 60s are AstraZeneca. Despite what you might have heard, there is no letter that a GP can write that will entitle you to receive a Pfizer vaccine, unless you are actually allergic to the AstraZeneca vaccine, having had your first dose, or you have one of four extremely rare blood clotting disorders.
For further information please Covid19 Vaccine Hotline 1800 020 080.
Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?
What about blood clots?
There is evidence of a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia). This is more common in younger people.
For information about blood clots as a possible side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, click here.
Do I have to have it?
No. It is voluntary to have the Covid-19 vaccine.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is paid for by the Federal government. There are no out of pocket fees.
After your vaccination
The conditions of approval for this vaccine include close monitoring of your side effects. Please see here for some information about vaccine side effects and instructions for what to do after your vaccination.
If you have recently had your first dose of the vaccine and are having side effects that you are worried about, please use the vaccine side effect checker, ask your GP, or call 13HEALTH and follow the advice.
How to get a record of your covid-19 vaccination
If you dont have medicare card (e.g. passport holders), please apply for IHI number before getting a vaccine(click here).
Further information about vaccination for Covid-19 is available on these sites:
Covid-19 information from the Australian government
Advice for people with allergies and immunodeficiency
Guide for pregnant and breastfeeding women
Australian vaccine rollout information
Resources in multiple languages