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Is it true? Your COVID-19 Vaccine questions answered.

It is important to rely on reputable sources of information to help you make informed choices and stay up-to-date on the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines.
With new vaccine developments every day, it’s normal to have questions or concerns, and possibly feel hesitant about getting a vaccine. Sometimes it’s hard to tell misunderstandings or false information from the facts.

Please see the Department of Health “Is it True?” web page for the answers to a range of questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

Welcome Dr Yashar Zadeh

We are delighted to welcome Dr Yashar Zadeh to our team of doctors. Yashar grew up in Iran and became a Doctor of Medicine in 2002. Since moving to Australia in 2007 he has worked in several General Practices in Victoria. Yashar brings a wide range of experience, is compassionate and speaks fluent Farsi. Please view our Winter 2021 Newsletter to read our interview with Yashar.

Covid Vaccines for ages 50-69

We have special permission from the Department of Health, to start vaccinating our patients aged 50 and over against Covid -19.

If you are aged 50-69 you can book ONLINE (see instructions on our home page) to have your Covid vaccine at one of our weekend vaccine clinics. If you need a weekday appointment please phone the clinic instead.

If you have risk factors (listed on our home page) you will need an appointment with your GP first to discuss the risks before you book your Covid vaccination. If you don’t have risk factors just go ahead and book for the Covid vaccination.

COVID VACCINATIONS have begun!

We thought it fitting that our longest serving staff member be the first person vaccinated at Blackburn Clinic!  Maree and her team have worked tirelessly to prepare for our first mass Vaccination Clinics this Saturday and Sunday. A small number of COVID vaccines were administered during the week to ensure we have the protocol down pat.

COVID-19 Vaccination Start Date

We are excited to announce that we will START GIVING COVID-19 VACCINATIONS ON SATURDAY 27th MARCH 2021. Please refer to information on our Home page regarding how to book. Appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations will initially only be available for weekends. This will enable us to separate the vaccination clinics from normal consulting in order to meet the stringent administration requirements associated with COVID-19 vaccines. We are extremely proud to be part of the first cohort of general practices around Australia that have been nominated to participate in the vaccine rollout.

Preparing for a COVID-19 Vaccination

How can I get a copy of my vaccination history?
What should I do if I’m sick on the day my vaccination is booked?
I’ve had another vaccine in the 14 days before my COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
When will I need the second dose?
What do I need to tell the immuniser and what do I need to bring with me to the appointment?
How long do I need to wait around after having the vaccine?
IF YOU ARE SEEKING ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE.

ONLINE BOOKINGS revert to FACE-TO-FACE

Due to increased demand for face-to-face appointments, all appointments booked online from 1 December 2020 will be face-to face.  Telehealth remains available where appropriate – patients should telephone the clinic to book telehealth appointments. With different rules and protocols for each appointment type, as well as increased administration as a result of telehealth and continuing requirements to check whether patients have respiratory symptoms, the reception team is feeling the heat! Feel free to give them some socially distant encouragement to help them get through another day as a front-line healthcare worker.

Update for patients – 15 October 2020

It’s been really nice to see many of you again as we increase our face to face consulting when it is safe and suitable to do so. Telehealth continues to be available, but patients without respiratory symptoms can also be seen face-to-face. The fees for Telehealth consults will change on 2 November – CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO READ MORE.

Update for patients 21 September 2020

As COIVID-19 case numbers come under control we will gradually transition back to our normal consultation format. From 28th September, patients without respiratory symptoms will be able to choose between face-to-face and telehealth consultations. Telehealth will continue to be available until the end of March 2021 – bulk billed for Concession patients and with a $20 gap for others. Please CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE for a full update.