Pharmacy Services

Covid-19 Vaccine

Are you eligible?

Book below, or come into the pharmacy.

When booking in for your Covid-19 vaccination or booster, you can opt to get your flu vaccination at the same time. 

Learn more about the flu vaccination HERE.

 

 

There is no denying the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the world. The good news is certain COVID-19 vaccinations have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia. This means that we can begin to reduce the risk of spread in our community by vaccinating against it.

High vaccination rates make outbreaks much less likely. It also reduces the need for preventative measures, such as border closures and travel restrictions. This will help reduce the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wizard Pharmacy is committed to supporting the Australian Government in providing Covid-19 vaccinations to our local communities. Selected Wizard Pharmacy locations are approved vaccination providers for the Moderna (Spikevax), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria),  Pfizer (Comirnaty) and Novavax (Nuvaxovid) COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, selected Wizard Pharmacies have also been approved to administer Pfizer 5-11years (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccines. We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local communities.

Booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

Book in for your vaccine below or come into the pharmacy.

Make sure you book an appointment for your first, second doses and booster of the vaccine. If you need to confirm what the timing should be between the appointments we can help you with this at your first appointment.

COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status. Please remember to bring your Medicare card to your appointment at the pharmacy.

Vaccination is only mandatory for people working in specified occupations. Everyone will be offered a vaccine and they are free. The Australian Government and WA Government strongly encourage people to get vaccinated. Doing so will help protect you, your family and the community.

Getting ready for your appointment

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:

  • if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
  • if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
  • if you are in quarantine.

If you have had another vaccine in the 7 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment. If you cannot make it to your vaccination appointment, please contact us to arrange a new appointment.

You can also read these patient factsheets developed by the Australian Government Department of Health:

Post-vaccination

After receiving any vaccine, you may experience minor side effects. Most side effects are mild and last no more than a few days.

Some people will have more significant flu-like symptoms from this vaccination compared to other vaccines and may require time away from normal activities. Serious reactions like allergic reactions are extremely rare. If you have any concerns about the vaccine, talk to your pharmacist.

Who to contact

You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for specific advice about side effects.

If you think a COVID-19 vaccine has caused a side effect, you can report it. Reports of suspected side effects help the TGA monitor COVID-19 vaccine safety. Our pharmacy can report side effects to the TGA on your behalf, or you can report your side effects yourself. Visit the TGA website to find out how.

The Department of Health has developed resources about what you can expect after your vaccination. You can access these resources here:

More information

After your COVID-19 vaccination, it is important that you continue to protect those around you by:

  • washing your hands regularly with soap and water
  • keeping 1.5m from others
  • making sure the COVIDSafe app is active on your phone
  • staying informed about local restrictions

Click HERE for more information on Coronavirus.

FAQs- COVID-19 Vaccine

What is a COVID-19 Vaccine?

A vaccine is a type of medicine that helps your body’s immune system to fight diseases. Vaccines are created in a way that prevents or reduces the severity of the disease. Vaccines are not used to treat the disease once you have caught it.

Just as we have vaccines to help protect us against diseases like measles, whooping cough, chickenpox or the flu, there is a vaccine that will help protect you against COVID-19. There are different types of COVID-19 vaccines, but they all aim to protect you against COVID-19.

How does the vaccine work?

Some infectious diseases are unknown to your body, and your body doesn’t know how to protect you from them. A vaccination is an effective and safe way to teach your body’s immune system how to fight off certain diseases. After having a vaccine, your body creates antibodies to protect you from that disease.

If you have the COVID-19 vaccine and are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 in the future, your immune system will respond faster and more effectively against the virus and protect you against the severity of the disease.

Is the COVID-19 vaccination compulsory?

Vaccination is only mandatory for people working in specified occupations. Everyone will be offered a vaccine and they are free. The Australian Government and WA Government strongly encourage people to get vaccinated. Doing so will help protect you, your family and the community.

Is the vaccine free?

The Australian government has committed to providing the COVID-19 vaccine for free to all Australian citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers and temporary or bridging visa-holders.

How were these vaccines developed so quickly?

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 felt worldwide, unprecedented funding and collaboration occurred between regulators, governments, vaccine developers and scientists.

For COVID-19 vaccines, no testing phase has been skipped. Instead, some of these phases have been combined, or run at the same time as each other. Having these ‘overlapping’ time frames has helped develop COVID-19 vaccines quickly and help make them available earlier to save lives.

Where can I get the Covid-19 Vaccination?

Vaccinations are now available at pharmacies, GPs or specialist vaccination clinics.

Who should have the vaccine?

All adults and children over 5 years are recommended to have the vaccine once they are eligible.

Do children have to get the vaccine?

Currently, children over the age of 5 years are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccination. A specific Pfizer 5-11 years paediatric vaccine will be administered in two doses at least 8 weeks apart. Currently, children under the age of 16 years are not required to get a booster vaccine.

I have had a primary course do I need a booster?

Two doses of COVID-19 vaccine provide very good protection, especially against severe disease.

A booster dose will make sure the protection from the first dose is even stronger and longer lasting, and should help prevent spread of the virus.

A booster dose increases your protection against:

  • infection with the virus that causes COVID-19
  • severe disease
  • dying from COVID-19.

A booster dose will continue to protect you, your loved ones and your community against COVID-19.

When am I eligible for a booster? 

  • you are 16 years and older, and
  • have had your second dose of your primary dose course of COVID-19 vaccination at least three months ago.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A FOURTH BOOSTER?

ATAGI recommends a fourth booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine to increase vaccine protection before winter for vulnerable population groups who have received their primary vaccination and first booster dose. These groups are:

  • adults aged 65 years and older
  • residents of aged care or disability care facilities
  • people aged 16 years and older with severe immunocompromise
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older
  • people aged 16 to 64 with a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness
  • people with disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities which increase risk of poor outcome from COVID-19

The additional winter booster dose can be given from 4 months or longer after you have received your first booster dose. If you have contracted COVID-19 since you have had your first booster dose, it is recommended to wait at least four months after your infection before you have a fourth booster. Your Pharmacist or GP can provide advice if you have any questions about vaccination. 

Which vaccine is used as the booster?

Your booster dose can be a different brand from the one you received for your primary course of vaccination. We can help advise you on what vaccine is available for your booster dose.

FAQs- COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

Is the COVID-19 vaccination safe?

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) carefully look at clinical trial results, along with data on the quality and manufacturing of the vaccines. They only approve vaccines when they have enough evidence that they work, and they are safe.

Are there any known side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

All vaccines can cause side effects. Usually, these are mild. You may experience minor side effects following vaccination. Most side effects last no more than a couple of days, and you will recover without any problems.

People should seek medical attention immediately if they experience these symptoms:

  • a severe persistent headache with additional features
    • appears at least 4 days after vaccination
    • does not improve with simple painkillers
    • may be worse when lying down or accompanied by nausea and vomiting
  • neurological symptoms such as:
    • blurred vision
    • difficulty with speech
    • drowsiness
    • seizures
  • shortness of breath or chest pain
  • a swollen leg
  • persistent abdominal (belly) pain
  • tiny blood spots under the skin away from the site of injection together with symptoms above.

You can use the COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccine. The checker is also available through the National Coronavirus Helpline, 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.

FAQs- COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness

How effective is the vaccine?

The results from the clinical trials to date have shown all vaccines to be effective in providing protection against COVID-19.

If as many people as possible are immunised against COVID-19, regardless of which vaccine they have, this will make a significant difference in keeping everyone safe and reducing potential COVID-19 outbreaks.

Is one type of COVID-19 vaccine more effective than another?

Providing access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for everyone in Australia is a priority for the Australian Government. The TGA assesses all COVID-19 vaccines before they can be used in Australia.

The TGA will only register a vaccine if its benefits are much greater than its risks. This means every vaccine available in Australia has been proven to protect against COVID-19.

Clinical trials for the vaccines have shown vaccines are effective in preventing:

  • Development of COVID-19 symptoms and
  • Protecting against severe disease.

These trials involve tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Do the vaccines protect against the different variants of COVID-19?

Yes. So far, clinical trials are showing that the vaccine induces antibodies that can respond to a variety of mutations. Health authorities will continue to monitor the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against variant strains.

Can I get a different Covid-19 vaccination if I’ve already had my first dose?

If you have had a first dose of your Covid-19 vaccine, the recommendation is to have a second dose of the same vaccine to be fully vaccinated. You cannot mix vaccines in your primary course of vaccination, unless you have experienced a severe reaction from the first dose.

Do I still need to follow COVID after being vaccinated?

Yes. Everyone needs to continue to practise good hygiene, social distancing and staying home if you are sick. A COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect the Australian community.

How can I protect myself from COVID-19 until I am able to get a vaccine?

In the meantime, everyone still needs to:

 

FAQs- COVID & Flu

When considering Cold & Flu season, it is also worth having your annual flu vaccination. Ask your Pharmacist about your annual flu vaccination when the time comes.

Will a flu vaccination protect me from COVID-19?

No. Influenza and COVID-19 are two completely separate viruses. As such, different vaccinations are required to help protect you and those around you from each of them.

The flu virus remains in the community and is continually evolving, so you are still exposed to it.

It’s important to note that the flu (Influenza) is still a serious illness that contributes to absence from employment, lost productivity, hospitalisations, and in very severe cases, death. An Influenza vaccination remains one of the best annual preventative measures to help protect you and those around you against the flu. It is highly advisable that you consider a flu vaccination in 2022, along with the COVID-19 vaccination.

I had my Flu Vaccination last year, do I need a Flu Vaccination every year?

You should get the Influenza vaccine every year. This is because the most common strains of the virus that cause Influenza change every year. The vaccine also changes every year to match these strains.

Can I get my COVID-19 vaccination at the same time as my annual flu vaccination?

Yes, you can. The recommendations now allow for both flu and Covid-19 vaccinations to be given at the same time. Book for your selected vaccination or booster and the option to add a flu vaccination will be given.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine protect against the flu?

No, it does not. However, having your flu vaccination reduces the chance you will catch the flu and compromise your immune system.

Click HERE to book in for your annual Flu Vaccination. May need to change this until bookings for flu are available.

Sources

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines

https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/COVID19-vaccine/FAQs

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccine

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19/why-should-i-get-vaccinated-for-covid-19

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/01/atagi-advice-on-influenza-and-covid-19-vaccines.pdf

https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/immunisation-services/flu-influenza-immunisation-service-0

Expanded ATAGI recommendations on winter COVID-19 booster doses for people at increased risk of severe COVID-19. Aust Govt Dept of Health. Last updated 25 May 2022. Available from URL: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/committee-statements/expanded-atagi-recommendations-on-winter-covid-19-booster-doses-for-people-at-increased-risk-of-severe-covid-19 

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