Are you up to date with your vaccinations?
Getting vaccinated every year will help protect yourself and others from the flu. North Richmond Community Health (NRCH) is proud to support the national health campaign to ‘Help Stop the Flu in 2022’.
To book your flu vaccination please call 9418 9800. If you require other immunisations, please book in with your GP or Community Nurse.
For more information on the flu vaccination, CLICK HERE.
North Richmond Community Health (NRCH) is pleased to advise that we are an approved vaccination provider for the COVID-19 Pfizer. We are happy to provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local area and wider community.
Book your COVID-19 vaccination
ATAGI UPDATE – Recommendations of a winter dose of COVID-19* approved from 7 July 2022
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has updated its recommendations for a winter dose of COVID-19 vaccine to help reduce severe disease from the emerging surge of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariant infections, and to reduce the burden on Australian hospitals and the healthcare system in coming months.
ATAGI’s updated recommendations are:
- Adults aged 50 to 64 years are now recommended to receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Adults aged 30 to 49 years can receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, however the benefit for people in this age group is less certain.
- The interval recommended between a recent SARS-CoV-2 infection or the first booster dose and a winter booster dose is now 3 months.
ATAGI emphasises that people previously eligible for a winter booster dose remain at higher risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19 and should receive a winter booster dose as soon as possible. They include:
- all adults aged 65 years or older
- residents of aged care or disability care facilities
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years or older
- people who are severely immunocompromised (this will be their fifth dose)
- people aged 16 years or older with a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness
- people aged 16 years or older with disability, significant or complex health needs, or multiple comorbidities which increase the risk of a poor outcome.
ATAGI emphasises that individuals who have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2, irrespective of which variant it may have been, should continue to receive recommended vaccine doses, after an interval of 3 months, as prior infection alone will not provide sufficient protection against severe disease.
*Appointments are only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a winter dose of COVID-19. Call 9418 9800 to make an appointment.
For more information: ATAGI Statement on recommendations on a winter dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11
Children aged 5 to 11 years can now receive their free COVID-19 vaccine at NRCH. It’s the best way to protect them, your family and community.
The clinic for 5 to 11 year old children will be open on Thursdays, from 1pm – 7:30pm at NRCH. BOOK ONLINE or call 9418 9800.
Before you attend your appointment, please make sure you have read and completed the information and consent form below. This resource provides key information about COVID-19 vaccines for parents and guardians of children aged 5 to 11 years:
To access this resource in other languages, CLICK HERE.
Vaccinations for aged 12+
Anyone aged 12+, including anyone aged 60+ can access the Pfizer vaccine. Minors need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to receive the vaccine.
Booster doses will continue to protect you, your family, and your community against COVID-19. You are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose if:
- you are 16 years and older, and
- it has been three months since you received your second dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine
If you are getting your third dose or booster at North Richmond Community Health’s vaccination clinic, you must meet these requirements:
- If you are making an appointment for your third dose, please bring a letter from your doctor or specialist confirming your eligibility for the third dose
- When attending for your third dose or booster, please bring a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
To ensure safety of our community and staff members, you should only attend the vaccination clinic at your scheduled booking time. Please do not come early or arrive late. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine click here.
Preparing for your vaccination
You must bring your ID, Medicare card, and proof of address to get vaccinated.
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:
- enroll 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.
It is preferred that you don’t receive two (2) vaccines in the same day (with exception of the Flu vaccine that can be administered on the same day as the COVID-19 vaccine). 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.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline
Continue COVID-19 safety measures
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
North Richmond community testimonials (English, Vietnamese, Arabic, Dinka, Hakka, Tigrinya, Oromo) – COVID-19 Vaccination
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this video may contain the (images/voices/names) of people who have passed away. North Richmond Community Health has permission from Viv’s family to use her name and image.