COVID-19 Information – Vaccine Program  

 Covid-19 Vaccine News

 ALL Updates will appear below – Vaccine Appointments Available Online

Flu Vaccine Update: Flu Vax Clinics will be available ONLINE via the HOTDOC app or our website. Please note that a 2-week separation is required between any COVID-19 vaccine and Flu vaccine appointments. These vaccines can be received in any order but not given at the same time.

COVID-19 VACCINE NEWS: For all eligible patients aged 18-50 years, the Pfizer vaccine is now the preferred option when available. The ATAGI recommendation is due to a rare but serious clotting and low platelet side effect after being given the AstraZeneca vaccine. All patients over 50 years, and those who have had their first AstraZeneca dose without significant adverse reaction, should proceed with their planned vaccine appointments.

All patients under 50 years for whom the benefits of protection against COVID-19 are likely to outweigh the risks of the side effect and who provide informed consent can still receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at General Practices. You may reschedule your vaccine appointment at any time via the HotDoc App or via your email confirmation for any appointments already made. We thank all patients for their understanding and we will update you as information comes to light.

COVID-19 vaccination bookings remain available ONLINE only, via the HOTDOC app or via our website. If you have any concerns regarding the vaccine, please speak to your GP prior to coming in for your vaccination. Please refrain from calling the practice as our reception team will only reiterate the information presented here. 

We appreciate your patience as future schedules are made available contingent on the complicated logistics of the Federal government campaign. The TGA approved, government supplied 2-dose vaccine supply will be given by government priority groups and a booster dose at around 12 weeks.

Before you book online for your vaccine:

  • Please familiarise yourself with the Preparation for Vaccination. This document will explain mandatory government eligibility and consent information. Additional processes for non-regular BRMC attenders may be required in attending for vaccination.
  • Please ensure your details are up to date with Medicare before attending the practice. You can do this using either your: Medicare online account through myGov, the Express Plus Medicare app or call 132011. You need a Medicare Card to be able to be vaccinated at BRMC.
  • You will need to bring proof of eligibility in the form of identification or documentation stating your occupation or health record by your doctor. You may be asked to leave if you do not have this. All regular BRMC patients will not require this as this can be confirmed in your records. Check your COVID vaccine eligibility. All vaccines given will be recorded online via the Australian Immunisation Registry (AIR).

We aim to provide a fluid and systematic COVID-19 vaccine clinic to service as many patients as safely as possible. If you are unsure of your eligibility, consent process or even whether or not to have the vaccine, please book with your usual GP to discuss your queries. Please book an appointment once you have decided to proceed with the COVID-19 vaccine.

**  If you do not have a Medicare card, you must attend elsewhere at a Commonwealth-funded GP Respiratory Clinic to receive your COVID-19 vaccine. For alternate GP sites offering COVID-19 vaccines, please check locally and review by postcode at Healthdirect

Please keep up to date with any changes on this webpage as we continue to provide you with the evolving information. Further information is at covidvaccineenquiries@health.gov.au, or via the National Coronavirus Hotline 1800 020 080.

VACCINE ELIGIBILITY: Please see the online calculator to help review when you are eligible for a vaccine.

Phase 1b of the current vaccine rollout will also occur in General Practice for:   

  • All patients over 70 years old
  • Health care workers not immunised in phase 1a
  • Adults under 70 years with an underlying medical condition, including disability
  • Critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing workers.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 55 years old

Phase 2a is scheduled by government to follow in the weeks after to include:

  •  all adults over 50 years of age
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54 years old

Then Phase 2b to cover the remaining adult population aged over 18 years.

During the rollout as vaccine supplies and appointment dates are confirmed, we will update our clinic COVID-19 webpage and Facebook page. We encourage you to be prepared by downloading the HotDoc booking app so you are ready to book as soon as you receive information.  We will continue to keep you informed as we await further instruction from the Government.

To learn about COVID Vaccines, see the most UpToDate information please visit here.

SMARTVAX

We recently installed and activated SmartVax, a patient safety program developed by a GP in Perth. Patients with any vaccinations at our clinic will receive an SMS three days after their injection to check their progress and well-being. If there are any significant issues, their GP will be notified. For more information please visit www.smartvax.com.au.

Regular Care:

We are a private billing practice for all types of consultations, including telehealth. Please book a face-face appointment if you have not been seen onsite at our practice within the last 12 months. Medicare changes require an in-person appointment at the practice, which then allows you access to telehealth services for the coming 12 months.

Please do not defer regular healthcare or cancer screening.

We remain open during COVID-19, offering patients Remote Health Consults by phone, video AND where necessary, private face to face services. These include:

      • Skin checks
      • Cancer screening
      • Preventative checks
      • All vaccinations
      • Routine procedures

Book an appointment via our HotDoc Online booking system.

Patient procedures for face to face appointments

 Entry into the clinic is by appointment only.

1. Please wait in your parked car until you are called up asking to enter the clinic (during lockdowns, temporary signage will advise you about clinic entry).

2. If you have been advised by your doctor to quickly pick up any pre-arranged documentation, please use the front main entrance (ramp access) or check with a staff member.

3. Please call us for any concerns or queries about entering the clinic and stay safe.

We kindly ask all patients attending our practice for in-person appointments to please wear a mask prior to arrival, preferably your own reusable one. This follows Victorian government advice to help keep patients and staff as safe as possible. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, please get in touch with us for further advice regarding your care.

Our COVID-19 response will greatly help reduce the risk of exposure for our staff and to patients. Flu vaccine sessions are available with safe, dedicated in-clinic vaccine administration. Please call to check vaccine availability or wait list. If you have any health concerns please book appointments online or on 9598 6244.

For further information about COVID-19 please see clinic news, and for information about self-swabbing here. If at risk, please review self isolation guidelines at the useful symptom checker site.

Please practice good personal hygiene and social distancing by avoiding mass gatherings, visiting the elderly or those at risk, or by wearing masks. Dedicated COVID-19 testing clinics exist near major hospitals including Monash Health Clayton and Alfred Health.

Alternatively we recommend you follow current status updates, download the Coronavirus Australia app or ring the national hotline on 1800 020 080. For the Victorian Health Department please call 1800 675 398 or visit the Victorian COVID-19 website. Lastly to reduce COVID-19 spread, please download the COVIDSafe contact tracing app.

Our Psychology team are available and continue to offer mental health consultations remotely, via telephone and video conferencing options. Currently 30 or 50 minute appointments are available, please see here. Call 9598 6244 or go online to make an appointment or to seek help.