Questions Regarding Covid-19 Vaccinations

With so many questions being asked of our admin and reception team around Covid-19 Vaccinations, we wanted to collate a handy list that may be helpful to reference when you are looking at booking your Covid-19 Vaccination.

Currently Adults over the age of 50 are recommended to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. This is based both on the increased risk of complications from COVID-19 with increasing age (and thus increased benefit of vaccination) and the potentially lower risk of blood clots with increasing age.

How is the COVID-19 vaccine given?

The vaccine is given via an injection into your upper arm by a health professional who has been trained in giving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Do I need a 2nd Vaccine?

To get the full benefit of the vaccine you will need two injections: Two doses at least 16 days apart.

What are Side Effects? 

All medicines and vaccines can cause side effects. If you do experience any side effects, most of them are minor and temporary. However, some side effects may need medical attention. Read about potential COVID-19 vaccine side effects.

Extremely rare adverse effects of the vaccine in some people (1 in 250,000). These people developed thrombosis  (blood clots) with thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count) after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

How do I know it is safe?

Before a COVID-19 vaccine is used in Australia, it must be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA assesses the safety, quality and effectiveness of the vaccines before they are registered for use in Australia.

Where can I have it? 

We are currently offering the vaccination at our Burleigh Cove Respiratory Clinic

When is the next appointment?

Your best bet is to head online to or call  0410 83 1919

Why can’t we get the Pfizer vaccine?

The Federal Govt does not offer it currently to the public under 50 years old.