PfizerBiontech (Comirnaty) vaccinations are now being given from age 12 upwards – over 60s eligible from 1st October 2021
Novovax is not available in Australia at present.
PfizerBiontech (Comirnaty) and Moderna (Spikevax) remain the recommended vaccines for under 60 years.
Moderna (Spikevax) is available via some pharmacies for people aged from 12 years upwards – over 60 years eligible from 1st October.
PfizerBiontech (Comirnaty) is available at Queen Street Medical Centre for people aged from 12 years upwards – over 60s will be eligible for Pfizer from 1st October.
Please be aware that Pfizer is the preferred vaccine we can offer for patients aged 18 to 59, plus our pregnant patients and our younger patients aged 12 to 18 are NOT eligible to receive AstraZeneca and therefore we need to prioritise Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccines for these younger age-groups.
If you are aged 60 years or over: you will continue to be eligible to receive AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) vaccines; if your first dose was AstraZeneca then your second dose should also be AstraZeneca. However, from 1st October 2021, you will be able to have Pfizer (Comirnaty) if you have not yet had any vaccinations against COVID-19.
Our vaccinators (Doctors and nurses) will discuss vaccination questions and consent at your vaccination appointment.
To book your PfizerBiontech (Comirnaty) Vaccine:
Please phone our receptionists on 02 6672 1244 or book online via clicking here.
Pfizer/Comirnaty) vaccines are being given at pre-booked vaccination clinics at QSMC.
Our main Pfizer clinics will be on Saturdays. Smaller Pfizer clinics will be held on weekdays.
If we have extra doses of vaccines available, we may phone patients to come in for an earlier dose of PfizerBiontech (Comirnaty) vaccine. Please ask to have your name put on our list if you would like to be called if an extra dose becomes available.
You may receive a text message inviting you to book for your vaccination, this will include our phone number and may also include a booking link.
If you are aged 12 years or above: you are able to receive PfizerBiontech (Comirnaty) vaccines
- by booking at Queen Street Medical Centre – phone 02 6672 1244
- by booking with the NSW Health vaccination clinic in the Tweed Mall – phone 1800 438 829
- by booking with the King Street respiratory clinic or at another general practice
Patients aged 18 years to 59 years can consent to receive AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) vaccine, however it is recommended that you should consider having PfizerBiontech (Comirnaty).
Women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy are recommended to receive PfizerBiontech (Comirnaty).
To book your Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca Covid-19) vaccine:
- you may book online by clicking here,
- you can phone QSMC on 02 66721244
- you can speak to one of our receptionists when you attend in person
Vaccine dose intervals:
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) and PfizerBiontech (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccines are BOTH very effective vaccines and BOTH will provide a very high degree of protection against infection, serious illness, hospitalisation, Intensive Care admission, ventilation and death. You will have much better protection and antibody levels, a week or two after the SECOND dose of each dose has been received, compared with after your first dose. It is very important to have both doses of vaccination so that you will have better protection against infection with COVID-19, particularly with Delta strain.
QSMC is currently booking PfizerBiontech (Cominarty) vaccine doses with 3 to 4 weeks between the 1st and 2nd doses. Please let our receptionists know if you need to book your 2nd dose at 3 weeks instead of 4 weeks.
QSMC is currently booking AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) vaccine doses with 6 to 8 weeks between the 1st and 2nd doses. Please let us know if you need your 2nd AstraZeneca dose brought forward to an earlier date.
Proof of vaccination:
- Get Proof of Your COVID-19 Vaccinations
- Australian Immunisation Register: How to Get an Immunisation History Statement
LINKS to useful information about COVID-19 Vaccines:
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Department of Health – COVID-19 Vaccination Decision Guide for Women who are Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or Planning Pregnancy
- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – Q and A: COVID-19 Vaccination and Breastfeeding
General COVID-19 vaccine information
- National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance – COVID-19 Vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions
- Department of Health:
- COVID-19 Vaccines [latest news and information]
- Long-term Effects of COVID-19 – issues when recovering from COVID19 infection
- Australian Academy of Science – The Science of Immunisation
Preparation: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccination
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine information: TGA CMI: Comirnaty COVID-19 Vaccine
Department of Health – About the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
Information for after your Cominarty (PfizerBiontech) vaccine:
- COVID-19 Vaccination: After Your Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination
AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Information: TGA CMI: COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
Department of Health: About the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine
- Information on the COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine
Information for after your Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) vaccine:
- COVID-19 Vaccination: After Your AstraZeneca Vaccine
If you are unable to attend a vaccination appointment, please contact us to cancel your appointment.
If you are ill with fever or have just returned from a known Covid-19 hotspot or you are currently waiting the result of a Covid-19 test, we would appreciate your consideration for others by not attending any face-to-face appointment – please phone to cancel and re-book your appointments.
Please consider local regional NSW travel restrictions and do not attend our practice if you are from another local government area that is in lockdown.
What about flu vaccines?
Flu vaccinations are available. If you are aged over 65 years or have eligible medical conditions, then government funded influenza vaccines are available.
Private influenza vaccines are available for those patients who are not eligible for a government funded flu vaccine.
The Covid-19 vaccine will NOT protect you against influenza (flu).
Flu vaccination reduces your chances of getting influenza, which means it reduces the risk of you having influenza at the same time as a COVID-19 infection.
It is important to plan to have your flu vaccine separated from your COVID-19, preferably by at least 7 days.
We do not give flu vaccines on the same day as the COVID-19 vaccine. It is recommended that the flu vaccine (and other vaccines) should be given at least 7 days before or 7 days after your COVID-19 vaccination.
See the NSW Department of Health’s Seasonal influenza immunisation FAQs for more information.