Helensburgh Respiratory Clinic - Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11 year olds

In conjunction with the Australia Government Department of Health, the Helensburgh Respiratory Clinic is providing eligible patients with free doses of the Pfizer vaccine (COMIRNATY). Please call Covid19 Vaccine Hotline 1800 020 080, Public Health Unit 1300 066 055 if you have any specific question regarding Covid vaccine.

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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.

Influenza vaccines can be co-administered with COVID-19 vaccines.

Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11 year olds

Please ensure your child is dressed for easy access to their upper arm, e.g. t-shirt, singlet. We will provide lollipops.

We recommend all children aged 5-11 years sit on a carer’s lap and are held in a hug during the vaccine. Even cooperative children can recoil away during the vaccine.

To secure your child safely, sit them sideways on your lap. With one hand, hold the elbow of the arm that will be vaccinated. If they are uncooperative, ensure the other arm is secured as well, so they cannot push the needle away. You can tuck this arm behind your arm. See picture below.

The majority of children are cooperative with gentle coaxing from a parent. However, if your child is struggling and you cannot hold them still, we will be unable to provide the vaccination. It would not be safe for the child, the parent or the vaccinator to proceed.

Tips for children who are anxious about injections.

Do the vaccination without delay once they enter the room. The most stressful past is the apprehension prior.

If you have multiple children who need to be vaccinated, vaccinate the most anxious child first. Preferably bring the children in one at a time, with another parent present outside. A classic negotiating tactic from children is to go last. Having vaccinated thousands of children, our experience is that anxious children have increasing anxiety watching others have their vaccine. This is the case even if the vaccine does not cause distress to others who are receiving a vaccine and who say it was fine.

Anxious children often go into ‘fight or flight mode. They cannot be reasoned with or bribed. It is kindest to quickly hold them securely and have the vaccine as soon as possible. The child’s anxiety will resolve quickly.

 
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  1. Click here for Current eligibility

    • Only for 5 to 11 year old.

    • Require the presence of a parent.

    • Bring photo ID or Medicare card.

    • People under 5 years of age are NOT eligible to receive Pfizer vaccine.

  2. Book online by clicking here. At the end of booking steps, click on "Complete your Registration" button and complete your details as well as health questionnaire (required ONLY for first dose)

    • Strictly Online Booking only. We are not accepting phone booking.

  3. Entrance via Parkes street. Public parking available across the street at Charles Harper Park. Address: 129 Parkes st, Helensburgh, NSW 2508

  4. On the day of vaccination

  5. After vaccination

Useful Links:

Check your eligibility

What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccine

More information on Pfizer vaccine

Frequently asked questions

When will I get a covid-19 vaccine

How to get a record of your covid-19 vaccination

Do I have to have it?

No.  It is voluntary to have the Covid-19 vaccine.

Cost

The 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 create myGov account

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25pliqXBqoo

Link Medicare to myGov using a Medicare card

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWVLcqoatFM

How to get a record of your covid-19 vaccination

Click here.

If you dont have medicare card (eg: for passport holders), please apply for IHI number before getting a vaccine(click here). 

How to add your COVID-19 digital certificate to Service NSW check in app

Both Express Plus Medicare mobile app and Service NSW mobile apps need to be latest version.

Video guide

More informatin on Services Australia website

Proof of your child’s COVID-19 vaccinations if they’re 12 or 13 years old

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urFivP_b48g

Proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations if you’re 14 or older

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fESmWr0ONM

Further information

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

Vaccine ingredients

Covid-19 symptom checker and vaccine side effect checker

Australian vaccine rollout information

Resources in multiple languages