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COVID-19: GP Alert (28 May 2021)

May 28, 2021

Victoria declared a COVID-19 hotspot from 1am Friday 28 May

From 1am AEST Friday 28 May all of Victoria will be declared a COVID-19 hotspot.

Anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the start date identified for the hotspot (whichever is shorter) will not be allowed to enter Queensland unless they are a Queensland resident, except for a limited range of people who can enter for essential purposes.

Anyone who is allowed to enter Queensland will be required to go into 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine in Brisbane. Anyone who arrives in Queensland where there are no quarantine hotels, may be moved to a location where there is quarantine hotel space available.

If people usually live in Queensland, they will be directed to hotel quarantine in either Brisbane or Cairns.
The Border Restrictions Direction outlines the restrictions that apply to anyone who has been to a COVID-19 hotspot.

REMINDER – Second dose of COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca

Many healthcare workers and others eligible under 1a and 1b will be due for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca vaccine soon. In light of some hesitancy around staff and others receiving their first or second doses of this vaccine:

  • Recent reports indicate the relative effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine against symptomatic infection is up to 90% after two doses spaced 12 weeks apart.
  • There are emerging reports that suggest those who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine are less likely to transmit the virus to others.
  • Adults under the age of 50 years have a potentially higher risk of TTS/VITT following AstraZeneca vaccination than those aged 50 years and over.
  • For people aged 50 years and over, the expert medical advice is that the benefit of receiving the vaccination outweighs the risk of this rare but serious side-effect.
  • Experts are continuously reviewing the benefit versus risk profile of both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines, because if Australia was faced with a large outbreak, the current advice on the preferred usage of AstraZeneca and Pfizer may be reviewed.

Queensland Health also remind staff that the decision to vaccinate is more than just the current risk of contracting COVID-19, but the long-term protection of our society and the ability for our borders to open again. As with other vaccines such as influenza, there is more to be considered than individual health risk or benefit.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Thrombosis and Haemostasis Society of Australia and New Zealand (THANZ) have released a joint statement (enclosed) on Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) and the use of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.

Update on booking in for COVID Vaccination - Darling Downs Health

If you wish to register your interest to receive the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine at a Queensland Health location, please do so via the following website - www.vaccinebookings.health.qld.gov.au

You will receive an email confirming your registration. If and when you are eligible for your free vaccine, you will receive an email inviting you to book an appointment .

OR

Alternatively, you are welcome to present directly to the Baillie Henderson Hospital COVID Vaccination Clinic between 8.30am and 3.00pm Monday to Friday. It should be noted that you may need to wait for a period of time and if bookings are oversubscribed for that day your name and contact details will be taken to return another day. Your patience during this time is greatly appreciated.

If you wish to speak to a customer service agent relating to receiving a COVID vaccination, please phone 134 268.

Please ensure you bring your Medicare card, a form of identification and your own pen to your appointment.

Upcoming clinics

Warwick (Dose 2 Astra Zeneca)

  • 14/6/21 – 11.00am to 4.00pm
  • 15/6/21 – 8.30am to 4.00pm
  • 16/6/21 – 8.30am to 4.00pm

Stanthorpe (Dose 2 Astra Zeneca)

  • 17/6/21 – 11.00am to 4.00pm
  • 18/6/21 – 8.30am to 1.00pm

Dalby (Dose 2 Astra Zeneca)

  • 25/6/21 – 08308.30am to 3.00pm

Please stay tuned for future Astra Zeneca or Pfizer Clinics coming to your town soon.

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