North Richmond Community Health (NRCH) is pleased to advise that we are an approved vaccination provider for the COVID-19 vaccines. We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local area and wider community.
Check when you can receive your COVID-19 vaccine
To find out when you are eligible to receive the vaccine, complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker here. This will tell you which phase of the rollout you are in.
COVID-19 vaccination enquiries
We have been allocated a limited number of vaccines to administer in Phase 1B of the Government’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Are you eligible for the vaccine? If you are not sure, click here to check.
If you are eligible for the vaccine and are a registered client of NRCH, we will call you during the last week of March to book in your vaccination. You do not need to call us. Unfortunately, we cannot take booking enquiries for the vaccine.
If you are eligible for the vaccine but you are NOT a registered client of NRCH, please complete our online enquiry form hereand a member of our team will be in touch in the coming weeks.
The delivery of vaccines to those most in need will continually be reviewed by the Australian government based on medical data and evidence. We will let you know when we are given more vaccines for the next phase of the vaccine roll-out.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine click here.
Preparing for your vaccination
Before your vaccination appointment, you should make sure your details are up to date with Medicare.
If you don’t have your account set up, you can:
- enrol in Medicare, if you’re not already enrolled.
- set up your Medicare online account if you’re enrolled in Medicare, but don’t have Medicare linked to myGov.
- get an Individual Health Identifier (IHI), if you’re not eligible for Medicare.
You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination
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, for example the influenza vaccination, in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.
After your vaccination
After receiving any vaccine, you may experience minor side effects. Most side effects are mild and last no more than a few days.
Common reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations include:
- a sore arm
- low level fever
- muscle pain
- tiredness, or
- joint pain.
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.
Who to contact
You can ask your doctor for specific advice about side effects. Please call us on 9418 9800 if you would like to book an appointment to speak to one of our doctors.
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. North Richmond Community Health can report side effects to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on your behalf, or you can report your side effects yourself. Visit the TGA website to find out how.
To keep you and our community safe, before and after vaccination, it is important that you continue to:
- Stay 1.5 metres away from other people and avoid handshakes and contact with people outside your household.
- Stay home if you feel unwell and get tested for COVID-19. You must stay at home until your results come back.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitiser.
- Always cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue and put the tissue in the bin straight away.
- Download the COVIDSafe app to help health officials let you know if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, visit health.gov.au