Some, but not all general practices, have opted in to deliver COVID-19 vaccines for the next stage of the vaccine rollout, called Phase 1b, with many coming on board in the next four weeks.
In addition, Aboriginal Community Health Centres and GP led respiratory clinics are also part of this next Phase.
Phase 1b is for the over 70’s, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 55, adults with a specified medical condition, healthcare workers and critical high-risk workers.
Gold Coast Primary Health Network CEO Matt Carrodus said that there’s already been a high demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, not just from people who are eligible for Phase 1b but in from people in general.
“We’ve been really pleased that so many residents are keen to get vaccinated in this next phase, however it’s important to take the time to check your eligibility in this round, before making an appointment or calling your doctor,” Mr Carrodus said.
“We’re heartened by the fact that there is a low risk of contracting COVID-19 in Queensland at this current time.”
To check your eligibility for Phase 1b, for you or a loved one, visit the Vaccine Eligibility Checker. If eligible, this will also provide the next steps to book online or contact a clinic. Or if you prefer not to use the online option, you can call the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080.
“And if you have a regular GP who is part of the vaccination program, you may be contacted by the practice, when it is timely, about receiving your vaccination,” Mr Carrodus said.
“All eligible Australians will have the opportunity to have this vaccination in the coming months.
“In the meantime, we encourage residents to ensure their Medicare details are correct, continue to practice good hygiene, physical distancing and adhere to local restrictions and understand how to isolate if you need to. And if you’re feeling unwell, don’t go to work or to activities in big groups and get tested,” Mr Carrodus said.