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COVID Vaccine Clinic

Drop in, COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

ARMIDALE

PFIZER BOOSTER CLINIC
UNE Medical Centre, 110 Butler Street

  • Saturday 5th February, 9am to 1pm

5 – 11 YEARS CLINIC
UNE Medical Centre, 110 Butler Street

  • Sunday 27th March, 9am to 4pm

These clinics are a collaboration with UNE Life, the New England Division of General Practice, and supported through the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network.

Thank you to all the wonderful teams and volunteers that are tirelessly working together to keep our communities safe!

Previous clinics

ARMIDALE

  • Saturday 14th August, Astra Zeneca | 565 vaccinated
  • Saturday 21st August, Astra Zeneca | 287 vaccinated
  • Saturday 11th of September, Astra Zeneca | 404 vaccinated
  • Saturday 18th of September, Astra Zeneca | 230 vaccinated
  • Thursday 16th September, Pfizer | 300 vaccinated
  • Wednesday 29th September, Pfizer | 287 vaccinated
  • Thurs 7th October, Pfizer | 294
  • Wednesday 20th October, Pfizer | 257
  • Saturday & Sunday 29th & 30th, Paediatric Pfizer | 257

MOREE

  • Saturday 28th of August, Astra Zeneca | 428 vaccinated
  • Saturday 25th of September, Astra Zeneca |  254 vaccinated

TAMWORTH

  • Sunday 12th September, Astra Zeneca | 253 vaccinated

TENTERFIELD

  • Thurs 23rd September, Pfizer | 172 vaccinated
  • Thurs 14th October, Pfizer | 216
  • Thurs 4th November, Pfizer | TBC

TINGHA 

  • Thurs 30th September, Pfizer | 104 vaccinated
  • Thurs 21st October, Pfizer | 141 vaccinated
  • Thursday 11th November, Pfizer | 94 vaccinated

GLEN INNES

  • Saturday 4th September, Astra Zeneca| 335 vaccinated
  • Friday 1st October, Pfizer | 168 vaccinated
  • Saturday 2nd October, Astra Zeneca | 268 vaccinated
  • Friday 22nd October, Pfizer | 202 vaccinated
  • Friday 12th November, Pfizer | 42 vaccinated

INVERELL

  • Friday 20th August, Astra Zeneca | 415 vaccinated
  • Friday 24th September, Astra Zeneca | 357 vaccinated
  • Friday 8th October, Pfizer | 244 vaccinated
  • Friday 29th October, Pfizer | 378 vaccinated
  • Friday 19th November, Pfizer | 78 vaccinated
  • Wednesday 24th November, Pfizer | 48 vaccinated

GUYRA

  • Friday 10 September, Astra Zeneca | 73 vaccinated
  • Friday 17 September, Astra Zeneca | 90 vaccinated
  • Friday 15 October, Astra Zeneca | 180 vaccinated

ASHFORD & DELUNGRA

  • Wednesday  27th October, Pfizer | 41 vaccinated
  • Wednesday 17th November, Pfizer | 60 vaccinated

 

See all the Clinic FAQs

 


TOTAL VACCINATIONS | 7,085

Rapid Antigen Testing

Location: The bottom floor of Booloominbah
When: Daily (7 days per week) between 8 am and 10 am
Who: UNE Staff, Students and visitors


TOTAL RAT | 1,196

Conducted by UNE Medical Centre and UNE Life at UNE, from October 25th, 2021.

UNE may request testing of people who attend the University premises. Find all the information here.

Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) is a screening tool to help detect COVID-19 in people without any symptoms of COVID-19. The purpose is to create another safety measure for gatherings of people from both inside and outside the local LGA.

COVID Clinic FAQ's

PLEASE DON'T CALL THE CENTRE.
All information is on this website and will be provided on the day.

Things to bring/be aware of;

THINGS TO BRING/TO BE AWARE OF:

  • Please turn up, follow the direction of staff and signage.
  • Bring your Medicare card/ Bupa/OHS or visitors card.
  • Bring a pen.
  • Please wear your mask at all times.
  • Practice safe social distancing at all times.

Please don't attend if;

PLEASE DONT ATTEND IF:

  • You dont intend on getting a vaccine at this clinic
  • You are unwell with fever, cough, runny nose, or any other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • You are awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • You are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and/or have recently been advised by NSW Health to isolate
  • You have tested positive with COVID-19 and you are in isolation

Which COVID vaccine will be available?

Depending on which clinic you are attending it may be Astra Zeneca or Pfizer Vaccine.

Refer to the sections above to see which vaccine will be available at your clinic. Please note, you must have two of the same vaccine.

Medical Centre has been administering COVID-19 Vaccines since March 2021.

 

Pfizer FAQs

 

AstraZeneca FAQs

Who can come to this clinic?

Any person in the LGA that the clinic is run in, who is over 18, and has not received their first vaccination, or is past the minimum four (4) weeks wait from their first and may now receive their second vaccination, is able to attend this clinic.

This includes:

  • All Australian residents (regardless of whether you are a UNE Medical Centre Patient already)
  • All international students
  • All families of international students
  • All temporary residents or other visa holders who do not hold a form of overseas health cover.

Please only attend this clinic if you are receiving a vaccination – families and additional people should not attend with you.

Who can come to the Armajun clinics

Any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person in the LGA that the clinic is run in, who is over 12, and has not received their first vaccination, or is past the minimum four (3) weeks wait from their first and may now receive their second vaccination, is able to attend this clinic.

People from the community can attend these clinics, however, priority will be given to those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, as these vaccines have been secured by Armajun Aboriginal Health Services.

Please only attend this clinic if you are receiving a vaccination – families and additional people should not attend with you.

Can someone help me with my paperwork on the day?

Yes.

We will have a team of support workers on hand at each clinic to assist you in completing the relevant Medicare paperwork.

Who is not able to receive a free vaccination?

  • If less than the minimum four (4) weeks have passed since you received your first AstraZeneca vaccination, you are able to attend these clinics.
  • If less than the minimum four (3) weeks have passed since you received your first AstraZeneca vaccination, you are able to attend these clincs.
  • Anyone who has received a Flu vaccination within the last two (2) weeks.

You should not attend a COVID-19 vaccination appointment if you:

  • are unwell with fever, cough, runny nose, or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • are awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and/or have recently been advised by NSW Health to isolate
  • have tested positive with COVID-19 and you are in isolation

 

How many doses will be available?

We’re working on a steady supply for the community.

The UNE Medical Centre has been administering COVID-19 vaccines since March of this year and has regular deliveries to maintain demand for current registered patients.

In addition to this, the Hon. Adam Marshall MP has worked with UNE to secure additional doses of Astra Zeneca the region, from over-supplied sources so that we are able to hold this clinic.

Is this clinic for the first or second does of vaccine?

You can attend this clinic to receive your first or second COVID-19 vaccine.

Please note, if you are receiving your second vaccine, it must be the same vaccine as your first dose.

Please advise both reception and the immunisers of your vaccination status on arrival at the Medical Centre.

 

Pfizer FAQs

AsstraZeneca FAQs

 


UNE Medical Centre intends to hold repeat clinics and so there will be other opportunities to receive this vaccination.

Who is hosting these clinics and why?

These COVID Clinics have been brought to you by the teams from UNE Medical Centre, UNE Life, Hunter New England Health, Inverell Local Council, Inverell General Practices, & Armajun Health Services. 

Thank you to everyone for your help!


Restrictions are a crucial element in stemming the spread of COVID-19 in our region and UNE continues to take these directions very seriously with impressive compliance across our staff and student community.

That said, they are one piece in a puzzle to combat this virus and with vaccinations permissible under these restrictions, UNE has worked with local authorities and the Member for Northern Tablelands, The Hon. Adam Marshall MP, to ensure that this clinic can be offered in a safe and considered manner, that complies with the current LGA restrictions.

It is hoped that by removing the reported barriers to vaccinations that people are experiencing, the vaccination level of the entire community will be increased and we will stand more prepared and resilient as a result.

What about blood clots or symptoms? Is the vaccine safe?

Whilst the Pfizer vaccine is the preferred vaccine against COVID-19 for adults aged 50 and under, patients are able to proceed with receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine with informed consent.

The aim of this clinic is to provide full vaccination of Armidale LGA residents as rapidly as possible (4 weeks).

There is a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a very rare condition, which involves blood clotting and low blood platelet levels. This condition is called Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome.

This condition is very rare, but patients will discuss the low-risk level with the GP on site, and answer pre-screening questionnaires to assist immunisers with this process.

 

Why has the time between AstraZeneca vaccinations changed from 12 weeks to 4 weeks?

After consulting with Primary Health Network, the direction is, as a consequence of the latest Armidale LGA outbreak of COVID-19, to prioritise the speedy immunisation of the Armidale community.

An increased wait between doses of vaccine does increase the efficacy of the vaccine itself, however, the aim is now to increase the total saturation of fully immunised people in the region, as rapidly as possible.

The minimum wait time between doses of AstraZeneca is four (4) weeks.


The minimum wait time between doses of Pfizer is four (3) weeks.

How can I get a free vaccination?

These are free drop-in clinic open to all members of the community.

You need simply arrive at the clinics and complete the required forms;

  • a patient registration form
  • a COVID-19 vaccination consent form

Where are these vaccines coming from?

The UNE Medical Centre has been administering COVID-19 vaccines since March of this year and has regular deliveries to maintain demand for our current registered patients.

In addition to this, the Hon. Adam Marshall MP has worked with UNE to secure additional doses of Astra Zeneca for the region, from over-supplied sources so that we are able to hold thes clinic.

Will there be more COVID clinics.

Yes.

UNE Medical Centre intends to hold repeat clinics and so there will be other opportunities to receive this vaccination.

Please see above for more information.

I’m a UNE Student in Armidale and cannot get to the UNE Medical Centre.

For students remaining on UNE campus who require transport to and from the UNE Medical Centre, a free shuttle will be operating from from 8.30am and 3pm with two stops;

  • UNE Directory Board near Wright College
  • UNE Medical Centre

This service should complete a loop approximately every 15 minutes.

This bus can be tracked live on the UNE Safe App.

 

Download the App

Do I need to book?

No.

No booking is required for this clinic, please arrive and expect a wait.

 

Can I book in for my vaccine?

No.

This is a walk-in clinic only.

What should I bring?

On the day please expect a wait time, and bring the following items:

  • Your Medicare card, OHSC (Bupa/Medibank/NIB) or any other form of OHSC card if you have one (remember – if you do not please do not let this stop you from attending).
  • Your facemask. These should be worn at all times – including whilst we ask you to wait outside before entering the clinic.
  • A pen – you will need to complete paperwork on arrival.

Other things you might want to consider bringing:

  • Hat and/or sunscreen
  • Water and/or snacks
  • Umbrella – for shade
  • Camp chair

We’re unsure of the wait time, however, we do anticipate one.

What is an OSHC?

OSHC stands for Overseas Healthcare Card.

I don’t have a Medicare card, or any form of OSHC. Am I able to receive a free vaccination?

Yes.

The vaccination clinic is open to every person in the community.

On arrival, please make our medical receptionists aware of your situation and they will be able to assist you.

What should I do when I arrive?

Please:

  • Wear your face mask
  • follow signage, staff, and COVID Marshal directions at all times
  • Practice safe social distancing
  • Sanitise your hands

As a drop-in centre, waiting times will vary.


STEP 1 | On arrival.

  • You will be required to wait in the dedicated line
  • You will be handed the required paperwork for you to complete whilst you wait and someone will be available to help.

STEP 2| Your details 

  • When asked please line up (only those who will be receiving a vaccination – please not additional persons)
  • Our medical receptionist will enter your details, and provide the date for your next clinic.

STEP 3 | Proceed to your immuniser

  • When instructed, proceed to one of our immunisers to receive your vaccination.
  • They will discuss common side-effects and any other concerns you may have.

STEP 3 | Wait

  • Once you receive your vaccination, you must wait in the seated waiting area for 15 minutes before you may leave.

The whole process (after the wait) should not take more than 20 to 25 minutes.

How long will it take?

Wait time may vary, depending on the time you arrive and the number of people in front of you.

Please be considerate and patient with everyone, including staff, clients, and guests.

The vaccine its self will take about 5 minutes and then you will be required to wait for 15 minutes of observation.

Who is administering the vaccine?

UNE Medical Centres GPs and nurses will be the immunisers at the clinic.

They will ensure;

  • Your consent
  • That you are  informed with the right information
  • That appropriate pre-screening paperwork is completed
  • That you’re okay after your vaccination – with a 15 minute wait time

Why are we hosting these clinic?

We are aware that there are many people in the clinic LGAs and surrounding communities that have struggled to book in for a vaccination.

Our “drop-in” clinic is to help reduce the barriers that some people have experienced in obtaining their vaccination.

Where can I find the latest COVID information?

For all COVID rules and restrictions please visit NSW Health’s Website.

Will there be any translators?

At our Armidale Clinic, we will have a Yazidi community member available to assist anyone in the community that requires translations and advice.

At all other clinics,  immunisers on site will have access to Translating & Interpreting Service via TIS National.

Please don't call the clinic.

If you have any questions about the clinic or the vaccine, you should be able to find them here in this FAQ section.

When you attend on the day of the clinic, our team will be able to assist you with any personal questions in relation to your vaccination.

For all other COVID questions and guidelines, please visit the NSW Health Website.

What is Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT)?

Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) is a screening tool to help detect COVID-19 in people without any symptoms of COVID-19. The purpose is to create another safety measure for gatherings of people from both inside and outside the local LGA.

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