No, due to supply and logistic issues, the Pfizer vaccine will only be available to those in the highest priority group in stage 1a of the rollout.
How many doses of vaccine will be required?
Two doses. The Pfizer vaccine requires a spacing of three weeks between doses and twelve weeks for the Astra Zeneca vaccine.
Will the Covid-19 vaccine be effective on new virus variants?
While there is some evidence that the current vaccines may be less effective in preventing infection by mutant variants, they are still likely to prevent you from getting seriously sick.
How long will immunity from the Covid-19 vaccines last?
This is still unclear as the clinical trials are still ongoing and we are still at an early stage of mass vaccination. We will have more information as world vaccination programs progress.
What if I’m pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy?
COVID-19 vaccines are not routinely recommended in pregnancy, because pregnant women have not been included in clinical trials. However, some pregnant women may still choose to be vaccinated after considering the benefits and risks of vaccination.
Women who are breastfeeding can have a COVID-19 vaccine, and they don’t need to stop breastfeeding after vaccination. Women who are planning pregnancy can have a COVID-19 vaccine, and they don’t need to avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination.
What are the likely side effects of the vaccination?
All vaccines can cause side effects which are usually mild and short lived. The Pfizer and Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccines may have minor side effects such as pain at the injection site, fever, muscle aches and headache.
Can children receive the Covid-19 vaccination?
No. As children were not included in the clinical trials, children under the age of 16 cannot have the Pfizer vaccine and those under 18 cannot have the Astra Zeneca vaccine.
Can I get the flu vaccine at the same time as the Covid-19 vaccination?
No, it is recommended these vaccines should be given at least 14 days apart.
If I have already had the Covid-19 infection, do I need to have the Covid-19 vaccination?
Yes, it is still recommended that you should still be vaccinated.
If you would like to discuss any issues about having the Covid-19 vaccination, please book an appointment with one of our doctors at Southgate Medical: https://southgatemedical.com.au/about/book-now/
For further information regarding Covid-19 vaccination visit: https://www.ncirs.org.au/