Kiama Medical Practice is now being supplied with both Pfizer and Astra Zeneca and are able to vaccinate anyone 5 and over.
People aged 16 and over who have received their second dose of COVID vaccine at least 3 months ago are now eligible for a booster dose. Current guidelines recommend having an mRNA vaccine for the booster (eg Pfizer or Moderna) unless contraindicated. Boosters are not yet approved for those under 16.
When you arrive for your vaccine we will need to confirm your identity and medicare eligibility.
In colder weather it may be prudent to wait in your car until your appointment time to avoid prolonged wait times out in the cold. Please wear appropriate clothing to be able to expose your upper arm for your vaccine.
If you are having your first dose, or your previous dose was given elsewhere, you will also need to bring your completed consent form. If you booked your appointment online you will not need to bring a paper consent form with you, as this will have been completed electronically during the booking process.
As with any vaccine, you may have some temporary side effects after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and this is a sign that your immune system is responding to the vaccine. Common side effects after each of the COVID vaccine include:
injection site pain or tenderness
muscle pain or joint pain
fever and chills
Side effects are more common after the first dose for the AZ vaccine, and the second dose for the Pfizer vaccine . Most side effects are mild and temporary, going away within 1-2 days. As with any medicine or vaccine, there may be rare and/or unknown side effects.
Rare side effects include anaphylaxis (life threatening allergic reaction), atypical blood clotting disorder known as TTS with AZ vaccine, myocarditis or pericarditis (inflammation of the heart) with Pfizer vaccine. See the links below for more information about possible side effects
Please seek medical attention after your vaccine if you experience any of the following:
signs of anaphylaxis such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, racing heart or collapsing - please call 000
signs of blood clotting disorder between 4 and 42 days following an AZ vaccine - headache persisting for more than 48 hours, blurred vision, weakness in face or limbs, confusion or seizures, shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain
signs of myocarditis or pericarditis following Pfizer vaccine - chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heart beat or racing heart, fainting.
if you are worried about a new or persisting symptoms
Because these are newer vaccines the health authorities are keeping a close eye on adverse effects, and you are encouraged to report even minor side effects. You can report vaccine side effects by calling 1300 134 237 (8am-8pm seven days a week – the NPS MedicineWise Adverse Medicine Events line) or make an online report about vaccine side effects here.
Immunisations including COVID and influenza are uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register at the end of each day. Consumers can obtain an immunisation history statement to prove their vaccination status through
Medicare Online Account through MyGov
Medicare Express Plus app - this can also be added to your smart phone wallet and Service NSW app
My Health Record
You can also request your immunisation history by phoning the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809. This will be mailed and can take up to 14 days.