Seymour Street Medical and Dental Centre, Ringwood is providing Covid-19 vaccination every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are receiving 100 doses of Covid-19 vaccine per week from government. We are using AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. There is no other choices of Covid-19 vaccine in our clinic. People aged 60 years can receive the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. You will be required to book an appointment for Covid-19 vaccination clinic.

Please be sure you turn up for your appointment for Covid19 vaccination. As the vaccine comes in multidose vial, once it opened up, it can only lasted for 6 hours before it has to be discarded. Given the limited number of vaccines are available, it is crucial not to waste any of the vaccines.

For people aged 40-49 year old, you will be eligible for Covid 19 Pfizer vaccination. However, this will only be available in selected hospitals. You will have to call 1800 675 398 to book an appointment. For more information, please visit the website.

Australian Technical Advisory Group (ATAG) had made a recent announcement about AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. ATAGI recommends Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer (Cominarty) is preferred over AstraZenaca Covid-19 vaccine in adults aged under 60 years. This recommendation is based on the increasing risk of severe outcomes from Covid-19 in older adults and a potentially risk of thrombosis with trombocytopenia following AstraZeneca vaccine in those under 60 years. Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca can be used in adults aged under 60 years where the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks for that individual and the person made an informed decision based on understanding of the risks and benefits. People who have had the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca without any serious adverse effects can be given second dose, including adults under 60 years. For more information, please visit ATAG website.

For patients who are unsure if they should get the Covid 19 vaccination and not at risk of becoming severely ill if infected with Covid 19, they can choose to wait a bit later to have the vaccination. As all the Covid 19 vaccines are being rushed out without many years of testing, it is understandable more data will be available with longer use of Covid 19 vaccines. Covid 19 vaccines will also be expected to improve in future with 2nd or 3rd generations vaccines as we have better understanding of the Covid 19 disease and Covid 19 vaccination side effect profile. 

Contraindications to receiving AstraZenesca Covid 19 vaccination are:

  • a history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis
  • a history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
  • a history of idiopathic splanhnic (mesenteric, portal and splenic) venous thrombosis
  • anti-phospholipid syndrome with thrombosis

It is also recommended that people should not receive a second dose of AstraZeneca if they have experienced:

  • anaphylaxis to a previous dose of the vaccine, or to an ingredient of the vaccine
  • thrombosis with thrombocytopenia occuring after the first dose
  • other serious adverse events attributed to the first dose

For any patient who is intending to travel overseas, it is strongly recommended to have Covid 19 vaccination given the current pandemic affecting the whole world. 

For more information about Covid 19 vaccination, please refer to ATAGI