COVID vaccines have arrived

ASTRA ZENECA VACCCINE

As most of you know, we now have the Astra Zeneca (AZ) vaccine – Vaxevria. The Government recommends this for everyone over the age of 60, unless you have specific medical conditions.

These conditions are –

  • Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST)
  • Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)
  • Splanchnic vein thrombosis
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome (APLS) with thrombosis and/or miscarriage.
  • Significant allergy to Polysorbate 80 (an ingredient in the vaccine)
  • History of capillary leak syndrome

Otherwise, go ahead with having the AZ vaccine. Please book an appointment if you haven’t already been vaccinated.

If you are 18-59 years of age, you can choose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine:

  • following an appropriate assessment of suitability by your doctor; and
  • when you provide verbal or written consent.

People have asked us lots of questions about the risk of having a clot (known as TTS – thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome) after the AZ vaccine. The Government website has several resources to help answer any questions about this. Some suggestions are –

Information about the Astra Zeneca vaccine

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/08/covid-19-vaccination-information-on-covid-19-astrazeneca-vaccine.pdf

 

Information about TTS

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/patient-information-sheet-on-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-and-thrombosis-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-tts

PFIZER VACCINE

We believe we will be getting the Pfizer (Comirnaty) COVID vaccine by 20th September. We are keeping a waiting list of people who want to be vaccinated.

The Government recommends the Pfizer vaccine for anyone aged 12 to 59 years old. They give priority in the 12 – 15 year old age group to ATSI teenagers, and also to those with significant underlying health conditions. Those conditions include kidney failure, heart disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes, severe obesity, chronic liver disease and immunodeficiency conditions. However, all teens from 12 years and up are now eligible.

In other age groups, some people’s employers have asked them to have COVID vaccines by a specific date. We are trying to prioritise these people. Please be patient if your workplace doesn’t require you to be vaccinated.

Everyone under 60 is suitable to have the Pfizer vaccination, except for the following groups:

  • people with anaphylaxis (severe allergy) to Polyethylene Glycol (PEG – a component of the vaccine)
  • anaphylaxis to any previous dose of an mRNA COVID vaccine eg Pfizer or Moderna (Spikevax)
  • myocarditis and / or pericarditis attributed to a previous dose of an mRNA COVID vaccine

If you have had any inflammatory heart condition in the last 6 months please talk to your doctor before having the vaccine. You should talk to your doctor about some other heart conditions too, such as

  • acute rheumatic fever
  • congenital heart disease
  • severe heart failure
  • heart transplant recipients
  • dilated cardiomyopathy (if under 30 years of age)

It may be OK to go ahead, or you may need referral to your specialist to work out how best to do this.

Information about the Pfizer vaccine

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/09/covid-19-vaccination-information-on-covid-19-pfizer-comirnaty-vaccine.pdf

 

OTHER VACCINES

By the way, ATAGI have increased the interval between having a COVID vaccine and other vaccines such as the Flu vaccine from 2 weeks to 1 week.

GENERAL INFORMATION

While it still isn’t obligatory to have the COVID vaccine, it is STRONGLY recommended. This is particularly so since the COVID outbreak in Sydney and Newcastle, as we are now dealing with the Delta variant. As you will have heard, it is highly infectious.

The risk of having serious complications or dying of COVID disease is much higher than any risks from the vaccines. PLEASE come in and get vaccinated.

Even once you’re vaccinated, you should still