Amtan Medical Centres have both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer COVID Vaccines available soon. See Details Below.
Amtan Medical Centres have both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer COVID Vaccines available soon. See Details Below.
The outbreak of novel Coronavirus has changed the world & the way we operate. Social distancing, face masks, patient number restrictions, hand sanitiser & sneeze guards are part on the “New Normal” for all of us. Our priority is, as it always was; to care for our patients, staff and local community in a safe environment. To support this, we have made important changes at Amtan Medical adhering to State & Federal Government regulations in this evolving environment.
COVID-19 Vaccines are here. Find out what this means for you and how Amtan can help.
This page is to help guide you to the COVID-19 Vaccine, as approved by the Government of Australia, following the schedule. Find out below if you are eligible for the vaccine and how to receive it.
COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca can be used for adults aged 60 and over.
2 vaccine doses are required 12 weeks apart and will be managed by your GP.
To book your AstraZeneca vaccine, click here:
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is preferred over the AstraZeneca vaccine in adults under 60 years of age who have not already received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
We will be informed by the Government with different criteria for the rollout stages.
Pfizer Vaccine is coming soon to an Amtan Clinic near you. We are taking pre-registrations to notify you when they are available.
Covid-19 symptoms include:
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Arriving to our Medical Clinics:
*ParkingAnyone arriving at our medical centre that has flu-like symptoms will need to park as close as possible to the clinic. If required please call to request a mask if you are unable to bring your own.
*Covid testingPeople with coronavirus may experience fever, flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath will be required to self isolate and get a test.
If you have been in a hot spot you may have been exposed to Covid-19 and will be required to self isolate and get tested. Or if you have been in close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case you will be required to self-isolate and get tested.
If you are sick and think you have symptoms of Covid-19, please do not attend our practice you will be required to attend our covid testing facility located at 7 Curtis Street, Pimpama.
“The importance of education with Covid-19 and With special guests
Dr Tanya Unni,
Director of Amtan Medical Group interview with
Dr. Dinesh Palipana OAM, LLB, MD
Doctor, Lawyer, Scientist and Advocate
QLD State Recipient of Australian of the Year 2021
Read below to find out the eligibility criteria for receiving the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out to people in phases, with those most at risk receiving their vaccinations first.
You can then make a booking to receive your vaccine.
Having a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is one way we can protect our community against coronavirus.
COVID-19 vaccines help to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19, and they are free for everyone in Australia.
Amtan Medical Centres are pleased to advise that we are an approved vaccination provider for COVID-19 vaccines. We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunisation for our patients and the wider community.
Dr Tanya Unni, Amtan Medical Director, recently spoke with Associate Professor Carl de Wet, Primary Care Lead for the COVID-19 pandemic response, part of the team responsible for getting COVID Vaccines distributed to the Queensland population.
Watch the full replay to understand more about the vaccine from the trusted authority.
The Vaccine rollout will happen in 5 stages. Below is the COVID-19 vaccine national
Adults with Higher Risks
On 17 June 2021, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) updated their recommendation that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the preferred vaccine for people under 60.
Queensland Health is currently working through implementing this changed advice and the rollout information will be updated soon.
If you are aged between 50-59 and have already booked to receive your first AstraZeneca vaccine at your local health provider, we recommend that you speak to your GP if you have any concerns.
Adults with Moderate Risks
COVID-19 vaccinations are voluntary and will be bulk-billed.
You will need to arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to complete any relevant paperwork, if not done online.
When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can call us on 1300-4-AMTAN (1300-4-26826) or book your appointment online.
You will need to book your appointments to get your first and second doses of the vaccine 12 weeks apart.
You can also book online. Make sure you book an appointment for your first and second doses. Please give us a call before your vaccination appointment, you should make sure your details are up to date with Medicare.
Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:
To keep you and our community safe, before and after vaccination, it is important that you continue to:
Some people may experience mild side effects after getting the COVID-19 X vaccine. Mild side effects of mild and don’t last for long. If you have a side effect that worries you please call the clinic and book an appointment with your doctor. Most side effects are mild and don’t last for long.
Common reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations include:
The vaccine will be adminstered in 2 doses, staged 12 weeks apart. At the time of your first consulation, you will be booked in for your second appointment.
After your COVID-19 vaccination, it is important that you continue to protect those around you by:
• Washing your hands regularly with soap and water
• Keeping 1.5m from others
• Making sure the COVIDSafe app is active on your phone
• Staying informed about local restrictions.
COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is a vaccine that can prevent people from becoming ill from COVID-19. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca does not contain any live SARS-CoV-2 virus, and it cannot give you COVID-19. It contains the genetic code for an important part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus called the spike protein. The spike protein has been inserted into a harmless common cold ‘carrier’ virus (an adenovirus). The adenovirus carrier brings the spike protein into your cells so that they can read it and make copies of the spike protein. Your immune system will then learn to recognise and fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The adenovirus has been modified so that it cannot replicate once it is inside cells. This means it cannot spread to other cells and cause infection.
You should not receive this vaccine if you have had:
anaphylaxis (a type of severe allergic reaction) to a previous dose of the same
COVID-19 vaccine, or anaphylaxis after exposure to any component of a COVID-19 vaccine.
A combination of several clinical trials showed that COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is effective in preventing COVID-19 in people aged 18 years and older. People who had two doses of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca were about 62-70 per cent less likely to get COVID-19 than people who did not get the vaccine. Because of the small number of people
aged 65 years or older included in the trial, we are not as sure if the vaccine is equally effective in people over the age of 65 years compared with younger adults. However, none of these older people who received the vaccines got severe COVID-19 disease or required hospital treatment. Early experience in Scotland showed that COVID-19 vaccination was
effective in preventing older people requiring hospital treatment for COVID-19, and most of them received COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca. More data on the effectiveness of this vaccine in older adults is expected to be available soon.
Protection against COVID-19 starts from about 3 weeks after the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca. While one dose may give some protection, it may only last for the short-term up to about 12 weeks. The second dose boosts antibody levels and is likely to prolong the duration of protection. In the clinical trial described above, the vaccine appeared to be more effective when people had a longer interval between the 2 doses. This is why it is better to receive 2 doses about 12 weeks apart. No vaccine is 100 per cent effective, so it is possible that you can still get sick from COVID-19 after vaccination.
We do not know how long the protection from COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca will last after completing the two doses. We will learn more about this over time.
We currently do not know how effective COVID-19 vaccines are at preventing spread of the virus. This means that SARS-CoV-2 could potentially still infect a vaccinated person. Even if they have no symptoms or only mild symptoms they could still pass it on to others.
This is why it is important to continue other preventative measures like:
COVID-19 testing and quarantine/isolation as required by your state/territory.
If you have been vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, you should still get a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms that meet testing criteria according to your local health authority (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat).
People with certain conditions may need additional precautions such as staying for 30 minutes of observation after having their vaccine or consulting an allergy specialist. Tell your immunisation provider if you have had:
An allergic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to an ingredient of the vaccine
anaphylaxis to other vaccines or to other medicines. Your provider can check to ensure there are no common ingredients with the COVID-19 vaccine you are receiving
a mast cell disorder.
If you have a bleeding disorder or you are taking a blood-thinning medication (anticoagulant), tell your immunisation provider. Your immunisation provider can help determine whether it is safe for you to have an intramuscular injection, and help to decide the best timing for injection.
People with immunocompromise includes those who have a medical condition that weakens their immune system. It also includes those who may be taking medications that suppress their immune system.
The Australian Government strongly recommends people with immunocompromise receive COVID-19 vaccination. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca does not behave like a ‘live vaccine’. The adenovirus carrier has been modified so that it cannot replicate or spread to other cells, and it cannot cause infection. It is safe in people with immunocompromise.
People with immunocompromise, including those living with HIV, have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including a higher risk of death.
Clinical trials for COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca did not include people with immunocompromise. A clinical trial is being conducted of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca given to people with stable HIV infection, with results expected in a few months. We do not know if COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is as effective in people with immunocompromise compared to the rest of the population. It is possible that COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca might not be as effective in people with immunocompromise as it is in the general population. It is important to continue other preventative measures such as physical distancing after vaccination.
If you are breastfeeding, you can have COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca. You do not need to stop breastfeeding after vaccination.
Pregnant women are not routinely recommended to have COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, but can consider vaccination:
If they are at higher risk of getting COVID-19, for example due to their occupation, or
If they have risk factors for severe illness, for example due to pre-existing medical conditions.
If you are pregnant, your healthcare provider can help you to assess the benefits and risks of vaccination.
If you have ever had COVID-19 in the past, tell your immunisation provider. Your provider may advise to wait for up to six months after recovery before having a COVID-19 vaccine. If you have ongoing illness from COVID-19, discuss the best timing of vaccination with your treating doctor.
For more information on TGA’s COVID-19 vaccine approval process visit: www.tga.gov.au/covid-19-vaccine-approval-process
For the latest COVID-19 vaccine updates visit: www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines
For the latest official coronavirus news, updates and advice from the Australian Government visit: www.australia.gov.au
Yes, this vaccination is bulk billed.
Australians can already access their immunisation history statement through Medicare for proof of vaccination, both digitally and in hard copy, if required.
Statements can be viewed on an individual’s Medicare online account or via the Medicare app.
Your immunisation history statement will record your COVID-19 vaccinations, following each dose.
Click below to book your Vaccination appointment at the Amtan Medical Centre nearest to you.