COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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In-line with our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our patients and local communities, Your Health Griffith is participating in the Governments Covid Vaccination Roll Out. The Griffith Vaccination Hub is based in Your Health Griffith and is taking bookings for all new and existing patients eligible to be vaccinated under current phases of the Government program.
 

The following people are eligible for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

  • All adults aged 60 and over


The following people are eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (available from 5th July – bookings will be open soon):

  • All adults aged 40-59

  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 49

  • NDIS participants aged years 16 and over, and carers of NDIS participants of any age

  • Temporary visa holders aged under 50 years who are currently in Australia and have been approved for return travel to Australia through the travel exemption process.

  • Patients under the age of 60 who are eligible under Phase 1a or 1b of the program including:

       i)    Quarantine and border workers
       ii)    Health care workers
       iii)    Aged care and disability care residents and staff
       iv)    People aged 16 and over with an underlying medical condition or significant disability (*see below for a                     list of eligible medical conditions)
       v)    Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.
       vi)    Individuals with an Australian Border Force outwards travel exemption in an eligible category


 

Note that as of 16 June, Commonwealth Government has advised that the Pfizer vaccine is the preferred vaccine for people under 60. Currently, in addition to age under 60, ATAGI recommends , Comirnaty (Pfizer) is for anyone with:

  • A past history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST)

  • A past history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)

  • A past history of idiopathic splanchnic (mesenteric, portal and splenic) venous thrombosis

  • Anti-phospholipid syndrome with thrombosis

  • People with contraindications to COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, i.e.
    Anaphylaxis to a previous dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, or to an ingredient of the vaccine               - Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia occurring after the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

        - Other serious adverse events attributed to the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
 

We understand that some people over 60 have concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine due to their specific medical conditions . You should make a separate consultation to discuss any concerns with your doctor prior to the vaccination appointment. . If you have had a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine you should still have this for your second dose, regardless of your age, unless you had a severe/unusual reaction. These will be considered on a case by case basis and we take advice from the NSW Specialist Immunisation Service.

 

 

Proof of eligibility
Patients will need to prove their eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to receive the vaccine in Phase 1a or 1b. You can use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to see if you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

To demonstrate your eligibility, it is important you bring one of the following with you:

  • Drivers license or other type of photo ID

  • Medicare Card

  • Evidence of employment within an eligible sector under phase 1a and 1b such as photo ID card, letter from your employer confirming employment or a pay slip

  • Evidence of an eligible medical condition via Medical Records (for example your MyHealth record or a letter from your GP) or a statutory declaration form

Eligible Medical Conditions for Phase 1b:

The list of medical conditions includes (as per the eligibility checker)

  • solid organ transplant recipients who are on immune suppressive therapy

  • adult survivors of childhood cancers

  • bone marrow transplant recipients, people on chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy

  • immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease

  • haematological diseases or cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, diagnosed within the last 5 years or on recently completed active treatment including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted anti-cancer therapy or with advanced disease regardless of treatment

  • non-haematological cancers, diagnosed within the past 5 years or on recently completed active treatment including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted anti-cancer therapy or with advanced disease regardless of treatment

  • chronic inflammatory conditions on medical treatments, including people with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and similar who are being treated with Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or immune-suppressive or immunomodulatory therapies. This generally does not include people living with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome or similar non-immunocompromising inflammatory conditions.

  • primary or acquired immunodeficiency, including congenital causes of immunodeficiency and HIV/AIDS

  • severe mental health conditions, including schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder

  • chronic renal (kidney) failure, but not including mild to moderate chronic kidney disease

  • heart disease including ischaemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies and pulmonary hypertension

  • chronic lung disease including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, cystic fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. This doesn’t include mild or moderate asthma

  • diabetes

  • severe obesity, with a body mass index of 40 or over

  • chronic liver disease

  • some neurological conditions, including stroke, dementia, Multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy. This doesn’t include migraine or cluster headaches

  • poorly controlled blood pressure (people taking two or more medicines for blood pressure control)

  • people with Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, or traumatic brain and spinal cord injury

To book an appointment online, please click the following link:

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Location

The Griffith Vaccination Hub is located within the main Your Health Griffith building at:

 

105 Binya Street, Griffith, NSW, 2680

 

Please do not park in the signposted reserved parking spaces for the COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic testing.

 

Operating Hours

The Griffith Vaccination Hub is currently taking appointments from 9:00am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday. If you require an appointment outside of these hours, please express this to the admin team as we can change these hours depending on demand. 

Bookings

All patients must complete an online registration form prior to their appointment. This is sent via SMS from our online booking provider. If you have any issues in completing the registration online, please contact the administrative team at Your Health Griffith on (02) 69627661 and we will be happy to assist you.

Cost

There is no cost for a COVID-19 vaccine. The Griffith Vaccination Hub is also the only centre in the area that offers free vaccinations to non-Medicare card holders.

Additional Information

Click to Download Australia’s Epidemiology and COVID-19 Vaccine Roadmap

Advice on prioritising groups for the COVID-19 vaccine was given to the Government by The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)

Find out more about how COVID-19 vaccines are developed, tested and approved.

More information about how COVID-19 vaccines are being delivered in Australia.

Find information in your language – click here to view translated videos about COVID-19 & the vaccine.