COVID-19 Vaccines

Updated 23 April 2021

Phase 2a has started at Bondi Doctors

All patients aged 50 years and over and ATSI patients aged 18yo and over, can now access the AstraZeneca vaccine  at Bondi Doctors. All patients eligible under phase 1b can also access the vaccine. For information on the AstraZeneca vaccine for under 50yo, please see here.

Please note that you cannot book a standard appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you must attend a dedicated COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

 

The Australian Government is responsible for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and for providing Bondi Doctors with COVID-19 vaccine stock each week. If there is a shortage of vaccine stock, you will be able to add your name to a Reservation List. Once on the Reservation List you will receive an SMS invitation link to book your vaccine appointment as soon as vaccine stock becomes available. You will have 24 hours to book your vaccine appointment after receiving your SMS invitation, before the reserved vaccine is offered to another patient.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will I receive?

Most Australians aged 50 years and older will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine and the Department of Health have advised that other COVID-19 vaccines, such as the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, will be made available in Australia for patients aged under 50 years in the months ahead. We do not currently have information on whether General Practices will be supplied with the Pfizer vaccine.​

Who can book?

  1. Phase 1b: Eligible phase 1b patients aged 50yo and over can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. You will be required to demonstrate your eligibility to access the vaccine under Phase 1b. See here for information on Phase 1b;

  2. Phase 2a: All patients aged 50yo and over and all ATSI aged 18yo and over, can now join book an appointment, or join the Reservation List for the vaccine;

  3. You must hold a valid Australian Medicare card.

Non Medicare card holders

If you don't have Medicare you can still access the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge. Non Medicare card holders are required to access the vaccine at a public vaccination site. The closest alternative is the Bondi Junction Respiratory clinic.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Reservation List

 

If you are unable to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment you will be offered the opportunity to join a waitlist during the booking process.

 

When you have joined the waitlist you will receive an SMS invitation link to book your vaccine appointment as soon as vaccine stock becomes available.

 

You will have 24 hours to book your vaccine appointment after receiving your SMS invitation, before the reserved vaccine is offered to another patient. If you don't book your appointment within 24 hours, you will need to rejoin the Reservation List. Our reception team will not be able to access or manage the Reservation List, so unfortunately they will not be able to assist you to secure a vaccine.

Please note: Families wishing to reserve vaccines for multiple eligible family members must join the Reservation List individually for each family member. 

 
 

Who is eligible to access the vaccine under Phase 2A at Bondi Doctors? 

 

All Australians aged 50 years and over and ATSI aged 18yo and over can now access the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Who is eligible to access the vaccine under Phase 1B? 

 

To ensure the most vulnerable in the community are offered protection first, the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered in a phased program to specific groups of the Australian population. 

Please note that you will be required to demonstrate your eligibility to access the vaccine under Phase 1B.

 

Phase 1B

If you meet any of the following criteria you fall into the Phase 1B priority group: 

  • Adults 70 years & over

  • Other healthcare workers (not included in Phase 1A)

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ATSI >55 years

  • Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability

  • Critical & high-risk workers including defense, police, fire, emergency services

 

You can determine your eligibility for Phase 1B via the following resource:

https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

Detailed information about eligible classes under Phase 1B

Healthcare workers

  • Individuals employed in the medical profession, including allied health professionals, aged care and disability workers

  • All public and private hospital staff

  • Healthcare workers in private practice

  • Community pharmacy staff

  • Healthcare workers providing in-home and community care, including centre-based care

  • Workforce supporting medical practitioners in a clinical setting, including students on placement

  • Onsite administrative staff in healthcare settings

  • Cleaners, kitchen staff and other ancillary staff in healthcare settings

Underlying health conditions

  • Poorly controlled blood pressure (defined as two or more pharmacologic agents for blood pressure control, regardless of recent readings)

  • Heart disease - including Ischaemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies and pulmonary hypertension

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

  • Chronic inflammatory conditions on medical treatments - including: 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. Generally not inclusive of people living with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome or similar non-immunocompromising inflammatory conditions.

  • Chronic lung disease - including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease. Does not include Mild or moderate asthma

  • Diabetes

  • Severe obesity with a BMI ≥ 40kg/m2

  • Solid organ transplant recipients who are on immune suppressive therapy

  • Adult survivors of childhood cancers

  • Bone marrow transplant recipients or those on chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy or those on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease

  • Haematological diseases or cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma - 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 

  • Non-haematological cancer - 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 

  • Primary or acquired immunodeficiency - including congenital causes of immunodeficiency and HIV/AIDS

  • Chronic renal (kidney) failure with a eGFR of <44mL/min (Does not include mild-moderate chronic kidney disease)

  • Chronic liver disease

  • Some neurological conditions - including Stroke, dementia, Multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy. Does not inclused migraine or cluster headaches

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

 

Critical and high risk workers

  • Emergency services personnel, including frontline police officers, fire and rescue personnel, corrective services officers

  • Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service volunteers

  • Active Australian Defence Force personnel

  • Australian Government officials about to be deployed or currently deployed overseas on official government business

  • Workers involved in manufacture of AstraZeneca vaccine and distribution/delivery of COVID-19 vaccines

  • Workers at licensed meat processing businesses (this does not include retail settings, or butchers)

Essential carers 

  • Essential carers (paid and unpaid) including carers who are also family members of someone with disability or an elderly person.

  • Disability support volunteers who provide support to people in their homes, respite care, educational, employment and leisure settings.

  • People with a disability attending centre-based services (e.g. day programs, supported employment).

Licensed meat processing workers

This class is for workers directly involved in the manufacturing and distribution process, where the work is in a cold environment and workers are unable to maintain physical distancing requirements. It does not include retail workers including fishmongers and butchers. tail workers including butcher shops, fishmongers

  • Abattoir workers, including attending veterinarians

  • Workers in boning rooms

  • Smallgoods manufacturers

  • Cold chain transport workforce

  • Seafood processing

How do I confirm my eligibilty under Phase 1B?

You will need to provide documentation to verify your eligibility under Phase 1B. 

 

​If you are an existing Bondi Doctors patient

We will be able to review your medical history to confirm your health status.

If you are eligible under another category you will need to supply proof of employment, or a letter from your employer. 

If you are NOT a Bondi Doctors patient

You will need to bring a copy of your MyHealth Record/Health Summary, or a letter from your GP confirming your underlying medical condition.

If you are eligible under another category, you will need to supply proof of employment, or a letter from your employer.

 

What to bring your appointment

 

Dose 1 Vaccine: Please remember to bring:

 

  1. 1. Photo ID;

  2. 2. Your eligibility documentation, if relevant to you. Please click here to review information on how to confirm your eligibility under Phase 1 B; 

Dose 2: Please remember to bring:

  1. 1. Photo ID

 

FAQs on the AstraZeneca vaccine for under 50yo

I am under 50 years old and have received Dose 1 of the AstraZeneca vaccine, without experiencing serious side effects, should I still get a Dose 2 of the Astra Zeneca vaccine?

Yes. The medical recommendation is that adults under 50 who had already received their first doses without experiencing serious side effects could safely be given their second dose.

I do not want to proceed with my appointment for the AstraZeneca vaccine. How can I cancel my appointment?

To cancel your appointment please access, or download, the AMS Connect app (accessible for download for Apple here) and follow the easy prompts to cancel your appointment.

 

We have increased admin resources to manage the Double Bay Doctors COVID-19 vaccination program, but our team is managing a high level of enquiries, so your support and cooperation is greatly appreciated. We apologise in advance if you have to wait to speak with a receptionist. 

Will I be able to get the Pfizer vaccine at my local GP?

We don't know. We have not been supplied with any guidance from Government about whether General Practices will receive the Pfizer vaccine. It's worth noting the Pfizer vaccine must be stored at minus 60C to minus 90C temperatures and to date has been limited to hospital facilities.

When we have more information about how to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine we will update you.

What is this side effect that everyone is talking about associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine?

 

There is evidence of a likely link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia).

The recommendation from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is that use of Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) is preferred over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in adults under 50 years old who have not already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?

Yes. The individual benefit-to-risk balance of vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine varies with age. This balance is based on factors including the increased risk of complications from COVID-19 with increasing age and the potential lower risk of this very rare, but serious, adverse event with increasing age. ATAGI has recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine remains safe to be given to people aged 50 years and over.

I have had my first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, what do I do now?

If you have had your first vaccine dose without this side effect or other serious adverse effects, you should receive your second dose as planned.

What if I am worried about side effects?

If you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about, I can book an appointment for you to see your doctor.