We are pleased to announce that our influenza vaccinations have arrived and flu clinics have commenced.
We strongly recommend all of our patients receive the influenza vaccination every year, but particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have ordered extra private stock of vaccinations this year in anticipation of increased demand.
We are opening up appointments in our flu clinics on a gradual basis so that we can ensure we have the flu shots in stock to meet demand. Nothing worse than arriving at your appointment to be told the flu shots have been used up! We thank you for your patience while we manage our bookings.
We are holding flu clinics at the beginning and end of each day – 8.30am – 9.30am and 4pm – 5pm – when there are fewer people around. This means that we are able to maintain social distancing in our waiting rooms. Please try to arrive right on time for your appointment. If you arrive early for your appointment, you may be required to go back to your car to wait.
You will also be screened by one of our Registered Nurses on arrival to the practice to ensure that you do not have a fever, and asked some questions about your risk factors for COVID-19. This is now our standard practice and ensures that we can create the safest possible environment for everyone in our practices – patients and staff alike. We thank you for your cooperation with this process.
We know that leaving your house and coming to a medical practice is anxiety-inducing in the current COVID-19 pandemic, however we strongly encourage your ongoing healthcare and are able to see you both face to face and speak to you over the phone about your health concerns.
Because of the time pressure to have people vaccinated this year, we are only able to offer vaccinations in your flu clinic appointment. If you need a prescription or have any other query, please speak to our reception team while at the practice about arranging an appointment either face to face or over the phone with your GP.
We are however able to administer other vaccinations at the time of your flu shot. Please advise reception when you are booking in if you require any other vaccinations.
You are eligible for a government funded (free) flu vaccine if you fall into any of the following categories:
- Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy. We recommend that you should also receive the whooping cough vaccine if you are between 20 weeks and 32 weeks pregnant.
- People aged 65 years and over. We are also able to administer the pneumococcal vaccine (pneumonia vaccine) if you have not had this, and the shingles vaccine if you are aged over 70.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 6 months. We are able to administer the pneumococcal vaccine (pneumonia vaccine) if you are aged over 50.
- Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years.
- People aged over 6 months with chronic medical conditions. These include heart disease, lung diseases, neurological diseases, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, blood diseases and any other condition that reduces the function of your immune system.
If you do not fall into any of the categories for a funded vaccine, your flu shot will cost $14.99. In order to keep costs manageable for you, we are able to bulk bill your flu shot consultation.
We are aware that high school students may have missed their school vaccinations due to school closures. We are also able to administer these.
There are a number of other Tasmanian government funded vaccinations on the program that you may be eligible to receive. Please click on the link to view the current funded immunisation schedule.
We are able to administer childhood vaccinations – in fact we believe that this is the most important time to protect your children from infectious diseases. Childhood vaccinations should be booked with one of our Registered Nurses outside of the flu clinic schedule to allow for the extra time your little ones need.
If you require a certificate stating that you have had the influenza vaccination administered this year, we are able to provide this.