2021 Vaccinations

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Our aim is to keep you updated with the latest advice and information regarding both COVID-19 and 2021 Influenza vaccinations.

Please check in regularly to keep up to date with new information.

Where do I get my vaccine?

We will be running both COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinics at the Launceston Respiratory Clinic, right next door to the Launceston Health Hub.

The address is 237 Wellington Street, Launceston.

Please come via Cleveland Street where there will be clear signage and carparking attendants.

Parking

Dedicated parking is available off Cleveland Street and will be well signed. In addition to this, we will have parking attendants on site to help show you the way.

Patients who require disabled parking can park in the designated spots at the front of the Respiratory Clinic building.

What to wear

The vaccine will typically be administered to the top of your left arm. Please wear a short sleeve top if possible.

Consent form

Ideally, we’d like you to complete your consent form online if possible. Please click here to do this now.

You can also print it out at home and bring with you on the day.

In Australia, COVID-19 vaccines will be available in phases. Groups of people get the vaccination at different times.

The groups are Phase 1a, Phase 1b, Phase 2a, Phase 2b and Phase 3.

To check to see if you can book a COVID-19 vaccination yet, please use the Vaccine Eligibility Checker available here

You can do this for yourself or another person.

This information sheet provides an update for a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca

For up-to-date information about COVID-19 Vaccinations and how they work, please click here

The Department of Health has developed resources about what you can expect after your vaccination. You can access these resources here:

Patient resource – After your COVID-19 (AstraZeneca) vaccination

For more COVID-19 vaccine related resources, visit the Department of Health website.

After receiving any vaccine, you may experience minor side effects. Most side effects are mild and last no more than a few days.

Common reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations include:

  • a sore arm
  • headache
  • low level fever
  • muscle pain
  • chills
  • tiredness, or
  • joint pain.

If you have a side effect that worries you, please call us and we will book an appointment with your doctor.

You can also use the COVID-19 Symptom Checker to see if you need to seek medical help

To keep our staff and patients well Launceston Medical Centre is currently not seeing patients with cold and flu symptoms (including runny nose, sore throat, cough or fever).  Patients who have attended the practice previously have the option of booking a telehealth appointment with their regular GP.

Alternatively, any patient experiencing these symptoms can book in for a FREE consultation at the Launceston Respiratory Clinic which is located right next door to us.  In addition to COVID testing, prescriptions, general advice and medical certificates can be provided.

Booking and more info available at www.launcestonrc.com.au or by calling 63108310

Updated 16th Match, 2020

On March 13th 2020, Medicare via the federal government introduced bulk-billed telehealth item numbers for practices that can be used for patients who meet certain criteria (please see below for more detail).

Our online booking platform, Hotdoc can be used for booking these appointments and will ask several questions to identify whether you are eligible.

Several of our doctors will also be undergoing self-isolation.

This coming week Dr Daniel Kirk, Dr Min Giffard and Dr Jaclyn O’Keefe will only be providing telehealth options from home. Other doctors will offer telehealth from the practice.

Reasons for this include recent travel and some of them having vulnerable people at home and within their own families.

In order to provide the best continuity of care possible we have worked with our IT and phone providers to establish secure, remote access to our software for these doctors.

Patients who are already booked with these doctors will be contacted by our reception team to offer the following alternatives:

  • Having a telehealth appointment at the same day and time with the original doctor.
    (If patients don’t meet the criteria our standard practice fee would be applied. Unfortunately a Medicare rebate will not apply. We are continuing to lobby for broader criteria)
  • Rescheduling the appointment for the same doctor at a later date.
  • Seeing an alternative doctor at a similar time.

Who’s eligible?

People in home isolation or quarantine as a result of the coronavirus, and those at high risk of complications if exposed to it, will be eligible for bulk-billed telehealth consultations with doctors, nurses and mental-health professionals.

Eligible vulnerable groups include:

  • people aged over 70
  • Indigenous people aged over 50
  • people with chronic health conditions or whose immune system is compromised
  • parents with new babies
  • pregnant women.

What software is required?

In addition to your phone call your doctor may require you to switch to video by either FaceTime or WhatsApp.

Our doctors will call you on the number provided, at the booked time. It would be good prior to your phone call if you could install either FaceTime or WhatsApp on your phone in case they if needed. If this isn’t possible don’t worry as a phone call can work.

Please ensure your phone is on, charged and that you have good connection available to conduct the call.

Is it still safe to visit the Launceston Health Hub?

Yes. Our number one priority is both staff and patient safety. As such we have instituted the following changes:

  • All phone calls and online bookings are screened to ensure no cough, fever, cold and flu symptoms.
  • Those with symptoms or a fever are only seen after hours in separate waiting rooms, in dedicated consultation rooms, with a doctor in full personal protective equipment.
  • Every patient has their temperature checked by a staff member wearing a face mask.
  • Physical changes to our reception and waiting rooms encouraging social distancing.

Thank you!

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our patients for the overwhelming support and understanding during this time.

As you can imagine, we are experiencing exceptionally high volumes of calls and enquiries and apologise for the occasions where our call waiting times may be a little longer than usual.

Patients are welcome to Contact us here if this is more convenient.

From Friday 13th March, patients and visitors attending the Launceston Health Hub will have their temperature taken upon entering the building.

Updated Thursday 12th of March

Please don’t be alarmed

According to the Chief Medical Officer of Australia, a great majority of people with COVID-19 infection (>80%) have mild disease, not requiring any specific health intervention.

This mild disease contributes to the high transmissibility of the virus, as many people with infection will continue working and interacting with the community because their symptoms are so mild.

The greatest concern remains the relatively small number of cases with severe pulmonary disease, some with a fatal outcome.

What we know

  • We are now seeing community transmission of Coronavirus within Australia.
  • People will be infective before they are diagnosed.
  • The number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus is not the same as the number of active cases.

Why

  • We have a responsibility as a medical practice to help “slow the spread” of the virus in order to assist our hospitals in being able to treat sick patients with limited resources.
  • A significant number of our patients are considered to be high risk if exposed to the virus
  • As the traditional flu season approaches, we are conscious of protecting our doctors, nurses and administrative team to ensure we can remain open and continue to provide quality healthcare.

We hope for understanding and patience during this process.

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