UNE Medical Centre is currently facilitating bookings for group 1b.
If you’re in an eligible group, bookings can be made online. Please note, you must also be a Medicare cardholder. If you do not have a Medicare card you will need to attend a GP Respiratory Clinic.
If you’re unsure if you qualify, please see the FAQs below and check.
If you are a new patient to our practice.
We advise that you book over the phone and arrive 20 minutes early, to ensure we have all the correct information. To book an appointment please phone 02 6773 2916.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has advised the Australian Government on which groups should be prioritised for the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccination in Australia. This advice is consistent with guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dear Australian COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Partner
You will now be aware of advice provided by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to the Australia Government to recommend the Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine be preferred for adults aged 59 and under. ATAGI’s revised recommendations are based on new evidence demonstrating a higher risk of ‘thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome’ (TTS) in the 50-59 year old age group than initially thought.
Since first reported in Australia, 60 cases of confirmed and probable TTS have now been reported, with an additional seven cases reported in people between 50-59 years since ATAGI’s last statement on 9 June 2021. Although the overall case fatality ratio is lower than has been reported internationally, the full spectrum of severity has been reported in Australia, from two fatal cases and those with significant morbidity, to relatively mild cases.
The Australian Government places safety above all else and will continue to follow the medical advice in protecting Australians. On this basis, the Government has accepted ATAGI’s recommendations and will move swiftly to ensure Australia’s vaccination program and advice to patients is adjusted accordingly.
In light of this recommendation I would like to advise of changes to the Australian COVID- 19 Vaccine Program which include:
Australia has secured enough supply of Pfizer vaccine to act on the new advice from ATAGI. The number of Pfizer sites will be expanded through:
You may want to contact any patients aged 50-59 who are currently booked to receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and cancel in cases where the benefit clearly does not outweigh the risk.
Patients who have received their first dose, with no major adverse reaction, are strongly encouraged to receive their second dose of AstraZeneca as planned. For patients requesting Pfizer as their second dose, at this time the TGA has not authorised the mixing of vaccines.
Please remain alert for warning signs of TTS in those who have received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. As per my letter dated 11 June 2021, possible symptoms include:
I appreciate that these changes cause additional stress and difficulty to your practice staff and patients. It will also increase vaccine hesitancy among your patients. To help you explain the changes and what it means for your patients I have provided:
Professor Paul Kelly
Chief Medical Officer
17 June 2021
|Quarantine, border and front line health care workers will need to provide proof of occupation to demonstrate their eligibility
Quarantine and border workers, including:
|Frontline health care worker sub-groups for prioritisation
*All other healthcare workers are included in Phase 1b, including medical and tertiary students with placements in these healthcare settings.
|Aged care and disability care staff
|Aged care and disability care residents|
|Elderly adults aged 80 years and over|
|Elderly adults aged 70-79 years|
|Other health care workers|
|Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults 55 and over|
|Adults with an underlying medical condition or significant disability
*People will need to provide proof of these conditions to demonstrate their eligibility for vaccination via My health record, a health professional referral if required, or a declaration form.
|Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
* Workers will need to provide proof of occupation to demonstrate their eligibility.
|Adults aged 60-69 years|
|Adults aged 50-59 years|
|Continue vaccinating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults|
|Other critical and high risk workers|
|Balance of adult population|
|Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases|