Kiama Medical Practice is now offering the 2023 Booster dose
All adults are now eligible for a booster dose if it has been at least 6 months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose or confirmed COVID-19 infection. This booster dose is recommended for anyone at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 infection, including those 65 and over and those 18 and over with medical comorbidities, disability or complex care needs. Current guidelines recommend having a bivalent mRNA vaccine for the booster (eg Pfizer or Moderna) unless contraindicated. Kiama Medical Practice will be offering the Pfizer Bivalent booster from early March.
Those aged 5-17 at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are also eligible for a booster if it has been at least 6 months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose or confirmed COVID-19 infection. Booster doses are not approved for those under 18 who do not have risk factors for severe illness.
There are four different types of COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Australia. There are the Astra Zeneca recombinant vaccine, the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines and the protein based Novovax.
At Kiama Medical Practice we are providing the Pfizer vaccines only from early March. This includes the newer bivalent Pfizer vaccine for those 18 years and over. If you prefer a different type of vaccine these are available with other healthcare providers.
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 and Moderna vaccines . 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 or Moderna vaccines. 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 or Moderna vaccines - 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.