Please read this information before proceeding to book your appointment
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be available at Double Bay Doctors in Week 1 of Phase B, from Monday 22 March 2021.
Double Bay Doctors patients will have priority access to book a bulk billed COVID-19 vaccine appointment, but any eligible member in the community is welcome to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at Double Bay Doctors.
Dedicated COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be running most days and we will also offer after-hours COVID-19 vaccine appointments in the weeks ahead.
The Australian Government is responsible for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and for providing Double Bay Doctors with COVID-19 vaccine stock each week. At this time there is a shortage of vaccine stock which means eligible patients may not be able to book a vaccine immediately. We anticipate vaccine supply will improve in the months ahead.
To manage the vaccine shortage, we have created a Reservation List to manage vaccine stock levels and ensure eligible patients can easily book their vaccine when we receive more vaccines.
If you are unable to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment due to a shortage of vaccine stock, you will be offered the opportunity to join the 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.
Please note: NSW Health has not released any information about when Phase 2A of COVID-19 vaccinations will commence. We will keep you updated as soon as we learn more.
Who can book?
At this stage, you must be an eligible Phase 1B patient to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, or to join the Reservation List for a vaccine, so please confirm you are eligible before attempting to book your appointment, or before joining the Reservation List. See here for information on Phase 1B. You will be required to demonstrate your eligibility to access the vaccine under Phase 1B.
Eligible Phase 1B patients who have NOT received a vaccine, including the 2021 Flu Vaccine, within the last 14 days.
ou must hold a valid Australian Medicare card. Non Medicare card holders are required to access the vaccine at a public vaccination site.
+ Any patients who are experiencing respiratory symptoms should not attend the practice. Please book a Telehealth consultation first.
+ We reserve the right to ban any patient who does not follow our appointment booking guidelines. They are implemented for the safety of the whole community.
COVID-19 Vaccine Reservation List
If you are unable to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment you will be offered the opportunity to join the Reservation List during the booking process.
When you have joined 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. 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.
To safeguard the community and our team of doctors and staff, the majority of patients will need to first book Telehealth consultations before visiting the practice in person.
The practice will continue to be open, but you will not be able to come in to see your doctor unless you have had a Telehealth consultation and your doctor has determined that a face-to-face examination is required.
Some exclusions are childhood immunisations, whooping cough immunisations, flu immunisations, antenatal/postnatal care consultations and emergency presentations. Please click here for more information.
Any patients who are experiencing respiratory symptoms e.g. sore throat, runny nose, fever, cough, should not attend the practice and first book a Telehealth consultation.
Face to face consultations for patients with respiratory symptoms will be available at the practice during specific times in the day if your doctor deems it necessary during your Telehealth consultation.
If you require a script or referral please book a Telehealth consult. Please click here for more information.
We have paused private flu vaccine clinics awaiting an update on private flu stocks which have experienced serious disruption.
Details of critical updates
Introduction of Telehealth for majority of standard consultations
The practice will continue to stay open, but you will not be able to come in to see your doctor unless you have had a Telehealth consultation and your doctor has determined that a face-to-face examination is required.
There are several specific appointment types that you can still book online (in addition to Telehealth):
Flu Vaccinations (Private) - Appointment to visit the practice for a flu vaccine clinic: prepayment of $20 for the vaccine is required at time of booking (currently paused while we confirm more stock)
Flu Vaccinations (Government) - Appointment to visit the practice for a free flu vaccine clinic, patients 65+ can also receive their pneumovax vaccine at this time
Childhood Vaccinations - Appointment to visit the practice for your child to receive their scheduled childhood immunisations
Antenatal Appointments - Appointment to visit the practice for pregnant women
Postnatal Appointments - Appointment to visit the practice for postpartum women (eg. 6 week checks, breastfeeding issues)
Boostrix Vaccinations - Appointment to visit the practice for patients requiring a whooping cough vaccine - e.g. pregnant women and close contacts of newborn babies
At this time you will not be able to book any other appointment types online.
For the safety of our community and staff, it is vital that any patients experiencing any respiratory symptoms do not book consultations to visit the practice for any of the above appointment types still available online. Please book a Telehealth consultation.
We are also requesting that well patients do not bring along any family members (e.g. children) who may have any respiratory symptoms.
Respiratory symptoms include any of the following: shortness of breath, cough, fever, runny nose or sore throat.
Scripts and referrals
If you require a script or referral you can discuss this with your doctor during a Telehealth consult. See further information here.
All eligible Telehealth appointments will be bulk billed.
Private Telehealth consultations are available for patients without Medicare. See further information here.
We have experienced unprecedented demand for flu vaccines this year.
We correctly anticipated the increase in demand and ordered sufficient privatet vaccine stock. However, US customs is currently refusing to release a large volume of flu vaccine stock destined for Australia.
For now we have had to pause booking any more flu vaccine consultations while we await an update on vaccine stock availability in the weeks ahead. We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this may cause some patients.
Any patients with existing flu vaccine clinic appointments should attend their appointments as booked.
An email we sent to patients last Friday 20 March offered patients the choice to book a standard private appointment to get their flu vaccine. However, due to this unforeseen supply constraint, only patients that attend a dedicated flu vaccine clinic can receive a flu vaccine.
If you are experiencing an emergency we will be here to help. Accidents requiring wound care, patients experiencing asthma attack, heart conditions, anaphylaxis etc can continue to access immediate care at the practice but we ask patients to phone ahead where possible.
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.
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:
Detailed information about eligible classes under Phase 1B
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
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 (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
Cold chain transport workforce
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 Double Bay 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 Double Bay 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.
Dr Sisi Zhao is currently on maternity leave. We will update our website with her plan to return in mid-2023.
Dr Sisi Zhao graduated from UNSW in 2010 and obtained her FRACGP in 2016. Prior to entering General Practice, she worked in Emergency Medicine at various NSW hospitals and volunteered with medical organisations in remote parts of Asia and Africa.
Sisi enjoys the full breadth of General Practice and has postgraduate qualifications in Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Tropical Medicine and Public Health. She maintains her skills in acute medicine by working at the Balmain Hospital GP Casualty, and as a proceduralist at a women's health service.
Sisi likes to engage and empower her patients to make informed decisions about their health care. She also enjoys teaching the next generation of doctors, regularly assisting with examinations for GP trainees and UNSW medical students.
When Sisi is not at work, you will find her indulging in the performing arts, attending a dance class or appreciating her husband's amazing cooking!