Vaccine Rollout in Australia - personal accounts.

SydneySwan

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Yesterday I joined Gladys push for 5m to be vaccinated and went over the top, left arm sleeveless at the ready. I had my AZ vaccine at around 2pm which is 18 hours ago,

So far no side-effects and only very minor pain at the point of vaccination and then only if you wave your arms around to try and find some discomfort. The waiting room where you sit for 15 mins post-vaccine had bottles of water and individually wrapped tim tams. In the interests of receiving the full vaccination experience I had one of each.

At 8pm last night I undertook my normal daily exercise routine (1.5km swim) with no issues. I took no alcohol so I can act as a mini-control group.
 
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I’ve got my second Pfizer today, coming off the back of a cold that just won’t go away. I’ve already postponed a week.
 

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General question for those who have posted about sore arms, headaches etc. how long do these take to kick in. I had the AZ jab this morning and so far no side effects so am just wondering if I have some aches and pain to look forward to or for some are there are little or no side effects. Maybe I am just counting my chicken before they hatch.
Well take after me.No effects whatsoever.Though mrsdrron said it was a little red around the injection site.
No effects either with the flu shot 10 days ago.
 

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I posted this in Chat but I finally made plans to get the vaccine but first I have to make a booking to have a face to face with my GP before I can get an appointment for the vaccine. If I had been to my GP in the last 12mths, I can have a teleconference. So both hubby and I are booked in for Mon 31st May and after this we can get a booking for 1st shot. We're planning on having them at different times for just in case one has to care for the other

I would have preferred an Ikea carpark drive thu option where i can sit in my car for 15mins and then go home but now I have to take time off work to sit/chat to doctor and then go back again on another day for actual vaccine.

Dont know if all GPs are doing this but this is what my local medical centre is doing.
 
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Can you not go to a mass vaccination centres? Pretty much all the ones in Victoria have plenty of slots available for walk ups with wait times 15 minutes or less.
 

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Dont know if all GPs are doing this but this is what my local medical centre is doing.
Got my first AZ injection today at my GP centre, hadn't been to the doctor >12 months. Dr met me, quick check and then passed me over to the nurse who gave me the injection.

Edited to correct spelling
 
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Son had his first Pfizer this evening - rang the surge centre at Garran today and got straight in. The vaccine had a use by of midnight tonight so think he was lucky as it was probably surplus. Had to take a letter from doctor to prove he was eligible. His second shot is in 3 weeks so will bee fully vaccinated before us as we have to wait till 26 July with AZ.
 

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My Medicare vaccine record was updated within a couple of hours of the jab but hubby's is still showing nothing 4 days later. Has anyone else had it take that long or does that suggest something has gone wrong?
Mine took over week
Thanks for replying. Hubby's record was finally updated on Monday, five days after the jab.
 

louie-m

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I had my first AZ shot 23rd April - at a covid clinic(?) setup in my regular GP's building. The next shot is booked in for 16th June.
Less than 8 weeks. Is that usual? I was recommended to make the second appointment 12 weeks to the day.
 

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Less than 8 weeks. Is that usual? I was recommended to make the second appointment 12 weeks to the day.
The Medical Centre that I received the AZ 1st jab was happy to book the 2nd between 4 weeks (or maybe 3, but seem to recall 4 weeks) and 12 weeks. They left it up to me to decide. No pressure.

Edit: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/learn-about-covid-19-vaccines/about-the-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine#:~:text=Two%20doses%20of%20the%20Astra,administered%204%2D12%20weeks%20apart

“... From a regulatory perspective, the TGA has reviewed all the available evidence and determined that the AstraZeneca vaccine can be safely administered 4-12 weeks apart.

Drawing on the advice of the TGA and also from the implementation of the program internationally, our Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has determined that to create the very best immune response, ensure the most effective clinical protection and maximise broader community coverage, the vaccine should be administered 12 weeks apart ...”
 
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