PRACTICE COVID SAFE PLAN
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have reviewed their advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine. They have recommended that Pfizer is the preferred vaccine for people aged under 60 years.
This doesn’t change who is currently eligible for COVID 19 Vaccine, but it means if you are under 60 it is preferred you get Pfizer vaccine.
ATAGI have made this recommendation because of new evidence that shows that risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome) in the 50-59 age group is higher than initially thought.
If you have had your first AstraZeneca vaccine dose without any serious side effects, you can receive your second dose as planned. To ensure maximum long term immunity, it is important you receive two doses of the same COVID 19 vaccine.
Metro Medical Centre will continue to provide AstraZeneca vaccines to patients over 60 years of age or patient who are needing their 2nd vaccination.
For more information regarding COVID 19 vaccines please click on the following link.
If you are under 60 years of age and are wanting to book for a Pfizer vaccine please click on the following link.
ATAGI ADVICE ON DEFINING 'UP TO DATE' STATUS FOR COVID 19 VACCINATION
This guidance summarises ‘up-to-date’ vaccination status, as defined by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) in their clinical guidance for the use of COVID-19 vaccines.
ATAGI recognises the importance of providing guidance on a person’s ‘up-to-date’ vaccination status from the clinical benefit perspective. This advice may serve as the basis for policies for the public health management of the COVID-19 pandemic in a domestic context.
This ATAGI advice considers a number of factors and scientific evidence, including but not limited to: the current widespread community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in some jurisdictions, dominated by the Omicron variant; the recent shortening of the recommended booster vaccination interval and subsequent accelerated delivery of booster doses for all individuals aged 16 years and over; and the recommendation for receiving 3 primary doses in all individuals aged 5 years and over with severe immunocompromise.
Up-to-date vaccination status is defined by the number and timing of appropriate COVID-19 vaccine doses recommended for and received by an individual, according to their age and other factors.
COVID-19 vaccine up-to-date status will likely need to be modified over time, with the ATAGI recommendations based on future changes in disease epidemiology and as new evidence becomes available regarding booster doses, including those that may be specifically targeting variants of concern (VOC).
GET COVID READY
Queenslanders please click on the link to know more about the readiness kit and a COVID-19 care plan : GET COVID READY
COVID 19 TEST & ISOLATE NATIONAL PROTOCOL
Effective 1st January 2022 Australian government has released the National Protocol for Test and Isolation : CHECK DETAILS HERE
CHANGES TO PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTIONS
Management of Close Contacts Direction
Changes to the Management of Close Contacts Direction (No.4) and Management of Secondary Contacts Direction (No.3) came into effect 22 December 2021. Changes include:
The Management of Close Contacts Direction (No.4):
- Reduces the quarantine period for fully vaccinated close contacts from 14 days to 7 day
- Introduces a requirement for COVID-19 PCR testing on Day 0 and Day 5, and at any time a close contact has symptoms consistent with COVID-19
- Requires a fully vaccinated close contact to wear a face mask on and from Day 8 to Day 14 whenever outside their home and with people other than members of their household
- Requires an unvaccinated close contact to continue to complete 14 days quarantine, and to undertake COVID-19 PCR testing on Day 0, Day 5 and Day 12 and at any time they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
- Requires a person to produce evidence of vaccination if requested by a public health officer.
- Restricts access to hospitals, residential aged care facilities and prisons for close contacts until 14 days after their quarantine period has commenced unless an exception applies under a public health direction relating to the vulnerable facility.
- Note: Where the responsible person for a vulnerable facility undertakes a risk assessment and determines it is appropriate, a fully vaccinated worker who has been released from quarantine as a close contact may enter and work at the vulnerable facility.
- Aligns definitions with those in current public health directions, including that a child aged under 16 years of age is taken to be fully vaccinated.
- Updates requirements in relation to interstate exposure venues to reflect the definition in current public health directions.
- Revokes the Interstate Exposure Venues direction to align with recent changes to the Border Restrictions Direction (No.58) and as the same practical effect is now achieved through this direction.
Isolation for Diagnosed Cases Direction
Changes to the Isolation for Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 Direction came into effect 21 December 2021.
Requires a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to immediately isolate at their private residence, place of accommodation, other suitable premises or as directed by an emergency officer from the public health unit.
- Permits a person to initially isolate in temporary accommodation in order to limit movement within the community. For example, if you are on holiday, you can remain in your accommodation until an assessment can be made of your situation and you are directed to alternative premises.
- Requires a person to travel only by private transport, ambulance or government arranged transport if directed to relocate.
- Limits the reasons for which a person may leave or allows others to enter the premises during isolation to receive medical treatment, emergencies or as directed by an emergency officer from the public health unit.
- Allows other people to enter the isolation premises if they reside there and are isolating.
- Allows a diagnosed person to leave isolation on day 14 (if no further direction is issued), when certified or authorised to be released by a medical practitioner working within a COVID-19 healthcare framework, or if the positive diagnosis is determined to be a historical case.
You can find more information on: Queensland Health webpage
To find out more about the Covid 19 vaccination please visit the Covid Vaccine Information website. If you have more question or are uncertain please book make an appointment with your regular GP
We are running 2 vaccination clinic’s on Thursday and Friday morning from 9 AM – 12 PM. We are taking bookings for Covid 19 vaccination clinic from on 12th April 2021 onwards.
Before booking you will need to check if you are eligible for the 1B Vaccine. Check Your Eligibility now.
If you are eligible you can book an appointment by contacting the clinic on 07 3818 9400.
(If you have had any other vaccinations within 2 weeks of your appointment we will be unable to give the Covid 19 Vaccine)
Appointments will be at 10 minute intervals. Initially you will be check by the nurse who will make sure your consent form is completed before seeing the doctor. Your consent form will be e-mailed to you at the time of booking.
Please wear suitable clothing that enables you to expose your upper arm. You will be monitored for 30 minutes after the vaccination.
All eligible vaccination providers are listed on the National Health Services Directory. To access this Directory please complete the eligibility checker by the link below. Once completed it direct you to the National Health service directory.
Check Your Eligibility now.
If you have flu-like symptoms, including a fever, cough, headache, sore throat or shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste it is important you seek medical care early as these may be COVID-19 symptoms. Please contact us via phone prior to making a booking or visiting the medical centre. Please advise at the time of booking if you have been in an area identified as a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 2 weeks or you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID.
It is recommended that all patients attending for a face to face appointment wear a mask.
To maintain the safety of our patients and staff, we have implemented COVIDSAFE practices in our centre:
- Patients will be screened before entering
- Chairs in waiting rooms have been spread out to comply with physical distancing
- Doctor consult rooms have also been arranged to comply with physical distancing
- The centre is thoroughly cleaned throughout the day
Here’s how you can help:
- Please answer the COVID-19 screening questions on arrival
- Maintain physical distancing
- Please keep space between yourself and the patient seated next to you
- Wash your hands thoroughly and use the hand sanitizers provided
- Respect staff and follow their guidance as they are here to help