When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available?

The Phase 1a for COVID-19 will begin on 22nd February, 2021. The particular phase will include those under international arrivals, border and quarantine workers, community health workers, workers under disability and aged care, and those residing in aged and disability care facilities.

The commencement of Phase 1b is scheduled on Monday 22nd March, 2021. The people getting vaccinated under this phase include:

  • Adults aged above 70 years.
  • Adults belonging to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community aged above 55 years.
  • Employed healthcare workers and those not covered under phase 1a.
  • High risk workers presently employed (these include fire fighters, police, defence staff, emergency workers, and those working in meat processing).
  • People above 18 years having an underlying medical disorder with disability.

When are the remaining people expected to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

As per the Australian Health Department, a five-tier priority list has been defined regarding the roll out of the vaccine.

According to the COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy developed in conjunction with the Australian Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) along with the approval of the National Cabinet there are certain Australians prioritised at high risk of contracting COVID-19. These include Australia’s essential health service workers, workers in quarantine facilities, residents of aged care, and staff.

At the moment, the roll out of the vaccine is in progression. Thus far, more than 253,000 Australians have been vaccinated. For the states and territories as well as Commonwealth, vaccination sites are gradually scaling up as the increased vaccine supply becomes accessible.

The Australian Government targets to get as many people vaccinated for COVID-19 as possible prior to 2021.

What type of COVID-19 vaccines will become available in Australia?

The vaccines currently used by the Australian Health Department are the Pfizer/BioNTech, and the AstraZeneca vaccine (Belonging to University of Oxford).

The vaccines have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and have thus been utilised for phase 1a. The published data, especially by the United Kingdom, indicate a strong support for Australia’s decision in making available the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

A significant number of Australians would receive the Australian-made AstraZeneca vaccine, the drive of which is expected to commence on 22nd March, 2021. Thus far, the AstraZeneca vaccine provided has been bought from overseas.

The vaccines require two doses. For the Pfizer vaccine, the doses are given with a 21 day gap in between whereas the doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are offered usually with a gap of 12 weeks in between.

Is there any fee for the COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccine can be availed free of charge by those who need get vaccinated

Is vaccination mandatory?

No, it’s not mandatory to get vaccinated in Australia even though the Australian Government does support and encourage immunisation.

What’s the process of getting the vaccine?

Vaccines meant for priority groups get delivered via vaccination clinics found in states and territories-run hospital hubs common in rural and urban areas of Australia. Additionally, in order to create vaccines meant for disability and residential senior care staff and inhabitants a specialised in-reach workforce led by the Commonwealth is given the responsibility.

A significant number of patients currently in Phase 1b would require an appointment. This can be done using either the Commonwealth Booking Platform or the booking system given by the provider, followed by a visit to the clinic for vaccination.

Clinics such as respiratory clinics, General Practice clinics as well as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services would start offering the COVID-19 vaccines starting Phase 1b.

As for the ADF personnel, the Defence would vaccinate them.

What about the safety of the vaccines?

All the vaccines have to pass through different phases of research trials in order to confirm their safety and efficacy. In Australia for the vaccines to be approved for use a rigorous evaluation has to be passed along with other TGA approval processes. This covers assessment of everything from quality to safety and the overall effectiveness of the vaccine.

What is the best way to stay safe from COVID-19?

At the present time, the best thing one can do is strive to keep oneself updated with the important and latest advice as well as stay informed apart from staying COVID-safe. A word of caution has been shared by Prime Minister Scott Morrison stating that everyone will need to follow COVID-safe habits for an extended period of time throughout 2021 or even beyond that.

It is recommended that everyone follows the safety protocols:

  • Practicing good hand hygiene.
  • Maintaining social distancing.
  • Saying home if sick and getting tested on the detection of symptoms
  • Installing the COVIDSafe app.

A suggestion from Services Australia also states that all Australians need to verify whether their Medicare contact details are in place and if they’re linked with the myGov account (for those who don’t have one, it can be easily created in a few steps) It can help you to check the statement of your immunisation history.

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Travel Story

Should I take a break from work to improve my mental, physical, and psychosocial health?

Summer is best time of the year for family vacations where people get out of the house and bask outside with friends and family. Of all, this best season for a holiday.

Families love celebrating time during summer holidays. It is relaxing, de-stresses and refreshes oneself, as well as helps recharge the body to start work in full swing.

It becomes productive for life and family. Holiday is new experience of culture, family, which give mental, physical, psychological well-being. Pakenham Medical Clinic doctors, most of them, suggest this during consultation.

Where should you go during break?

The Pakenham area has few attractive spots – lake side area, Cardinia area with its lake and picnic BBQ spot, Drouin has Drouin War Memorial, Cochrane Park is an essential play area for Koo-Wee-Rup families with kids.

What the doctors at Pakenham Medical Clinic will do for me?

Doctors at our medical clinic will discuss with you a destination travel plan. Depending on that the doctor will prescribe a vaccination and other medication as needed by our qualified nurse using the administered injection. Upon completing an additional health education in preventive measures, mental, and physical health, we will even discuss diet and food with you.

What is the Benefit of Seeing Doctors at Pakenham Medical Clinic?

Our doctors will provide you an individualised travel health advice, vaccinations, and travel health information for you and you family. Our experienced travel medicine doctors will personalise the recommendations depending on where you are going, style of accommodation, intended activities, your past medical history, and allergies among other factors.

Pakenham Medical Clinic at Pakenham specialises in travel health services, travel immunisations, and general wellness services. With office is in 48 Main Street Pakenham we also offer services in surrounding area of South East Corridor of Melbourne such as Dandenong, Pakenham South, Berwick, Clyde, Officer North, Officer South, Traralgon, Warragul, Frankston, Frankston North, Rosebud, McCrae, Berwick North, Cranbourne East, Point Nepean -Tootgarook, St Andrews Beach, Rye, Blairgowrie, Sorrento, Portsea, Cheltenham, Highett, Hampton Park, South Yarra East, Hampton, Sandringham, Prahran, and Windsor.

Our doctor will provide a script of travel vaccines and travel health advice prepared for you and your family. We also provide flu vaccination at our clinics.

While travel medicine is our specialty, we also respond to our community’s need for specialty vaccines that are not necessarily related to travel. We offer protective vaccines for a healthy lifestyle including Shingles, HPV (cervical cancer), Influenza (flu) and Hepatitis A & B among others.  We also bulk bill our consultations.

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Health Research Month

February is marked as ‘Health Research Month’ to make us all aware about the importance of heart health. Here at Pakenham Medical Centre, you can get expert consultation for preventing cardio-vascular disease. As this disease is mostly preventable through risk assessment, lifestyle changes and pharmacological therapy, our experts can help you to prevent the issue rather than curing it.

Get in touch with our doctors for an expert consultation.

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Pre Medical Assessments for all Industrial Requirements

A Pre Medical Assessment is a standard risk management practice in many professions across Australia, to screen potential employees for any health factors that may inhibit their optimal performance at the job.

If your organization or industry requires a Pre Medical Assessment for prospective employees, you can call us to customize an assessment plan as per your company requirements and budget.

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Breakthroughs in Cancer Detection and Treatment

For long, Cancer has been regarded as an incurable and agonising disease that tragically mitigates the lifespan of its victims. However, much has changed in that field now. Here’s an article mentioning 5 such breakthroughs in the field of Cancer. Read to know how we are going to win our battle against Cancer.

If you want a consultation on cancer or any other disease, call us at 03 5941 6455 and book an appointment with us!

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Safe Spirometry Tests Are Available

Spirometry is a common test used for assessing lung function, such as how much air you can inhale and exhale at a time. This is one of the preliminary tests used for the diagnosis of breathing conditions like asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, COPD, emphysema and more.

The pandemic had posed challenges for those wanting to get spirometry tests, but if you need one now, you can confidently book an appointment with us now.

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We care for your health at Pakenham Medical Clinic. Expert Psychologists with Medicare Rebates.We fit in with your schedule, with early appointments, after hours. Call now to Book an Appointment. Phone 5941-6455, or Book online/Walk in to see US at 48 Main street, psychology-bulkbill-doctor

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Pakenham Medical Clinic is great advocate of your mental health and well-being, that of your loved ones, friends and colleagues, at home, at work and at play. We have in house Psychologist to help you. Call now to Book an Appointment. Phone 5941-6455, or Book online/Walk in to see US at 48 Main street, Pakenham 3810

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Big Milestone Newly open Pakenham Medical Clinic new care for more 2500 Family.

It is so exciting news that Pakenham medical clinic now caring more than 2500 patient from different area of fasted growing south eastern corridor of Melbourne: Pakenham officer, Pakenham upper Pakenham South and Koo Wee Rup, cockatoo, Bunyip, Nar Nar Goon, Drouin. We open on 7th May, only 4 months gone reached big mile stone of our clinic. Our patent is traveling form Gippsland to be seen at our medical centre. Doctors at our clinic has been able to win hearts of many patients. So many positive feedbacks from our patient which has been very rewarding to our staff and medical professional.
Our Appointment book area getting near full, we are trying get new doctor to join our medical centre. Now our clinic is open 7 days. New future we are planning to open till late 11 pm. Once new doctors join in our teat we will be able to service extended hours. Now you can see us week days till 9 pm and weekend 4 pm. We are also open public holidays. Planning to open 365 days in a year.
Last month in our team has grown, Psychologist joined in our medical clinic. Soon we will have pathology onsite and dietician will join in our team. Our doctor is taking blood on site to patient do not needed to travel anywhere like on stop service.
Pakenham is growing fastest pace ever, its fasted growing suburbs of Melbourne. We are aim to keep up the need of this area.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our patients for the trusted our doctors at the medical centre to care for them, their family and loved one.

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