2 March 2021

Patient FAQ's for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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The Fertility Centre has created FAQ's for patients, regarding the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Australia.

Question Answer
Should I be getting a COVID-19 vaccine? We highly encourage everyone who is eligible to take the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. There has been a significant and focused effort from the scientific community and researchers to develop these vaccines. All the relevant research shows that the vaccines have a high level of effectiveness and are considered very safe.
How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost me? Nothing. The vaccine is being made available to everyone living in Australia for free.
Will The Fertility Centre be rolling out the COVID-19 vaccines to patients? No. The Fertility Centre is not an authorised COVID-19 vaccine distribution hub. All patients will be required to access the vaccine through a federal approved distribution hub. Further information will be made available in the near future through the relevant Department of Health websites or ask your health care professional.
Is The Fertility Centre requiring its staff to get the COVID 19 vaccine? We are very supportive of the government's position to rollout the vaccine as a way of protecting and caring for our communities, and we encourage our staff to participate in the immunisation program. However, currently we cannot direct our staff to take the vaccine. As a health care provider, we comply with various state and federal legislation that governs our industry.
How is the vaccine being rolled out? Vaccines will be available on a rolling basis, dependent on delivery schedules and the identification of groups for most urgent vaccination. Depending on the type of work you do and specific personal attributes, you will be eligible to receive your vaccination during one of several Phases. The chart below* describes the attributes that form part of each phase. Please check out the federal or state Department of Health websites for further information about the government's vaccine rollout. *Please refer to the image below the FAQ's.
Once the vaccines are rolled out, will The Fertility Centre still be applying the current COVID-19 safety measures at our workplace? The Fertility Centre will continue to monitor the situation carefully, follow state and federal government advice and ensure we apply best practice safety measures as required. We will continue to modify and adapt our safety measures from time to time to suit the circumstance even after the vaccine rollout process has finalised.
When will I be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? The government will schedule your vaccine rollout once it has received sufficient doses of the vaccine. It will continue to implement the vaccination program in a phased approach based on the criteria identified within each Phase category (noted below).
Are there any restrictions when taking the COVID-19 vaccine? Currently the Australian government is rolling out the Comirnaty vaccine (Pfizer vaccine). While all relevant research shows that the vaccines have a high level of effectiveness and are considered very safe, it is important to note that there should be two weeks between a dose of Comirnaty and any other vaccine. Currenlty, the government has not yet published information on any other forms of the COVID-19 vaccines. We will provide updates as information becomes available.
Will our clinics be requiring patients to show evidence of having been immunised against COVID-19 in the future? No. While we encourage everyone in our communities to follow the relevant government guidelines, we respect the rights and choices of our patients. We will continue with our best-practice safety measures within our facilities and continue to service our patients regardless of their personal circumstances or choices.
Can I request to be supported by only nurses and staff members who have been vaccinated against COVID-19? We can't fulfil these requests. While we are strongly encouraging our staff to vaccinate against COVID-19, we cannot mandate this of our staff. We must respect the rights and choices of our staff as well as those of our patients. However, please be assured, we will continue to apply best-practice safety measures within our facilities.
I'm hoping to get pregnant. When is the best time for me to take the vaccine? While there is no evidence to indicate that the COVID-19 vaccinations are unsafe to take during pregnancy, we recommend to our patients to avoid beginning the vaccination during pregnancy and therefore we encourage our patients to either begin vaccinations prior to falling pregnant or after the pregnancy.
I'm currently breastfeeding and I'm worried about taking the COVID-19 vaccine. Should I take it? The current advice from the Australian Government Department of Health indicates that the Comirnaty vaccine (Pfizer vaccine) can be safely taken by breastfeeding women at any time. You do not need to stop breastfeeding before or after vaccination. They have not provided any specific advice concerning other forms of the vaccine at this time. We recommend you speak with your health professional concerning your specific circumstances.
I'm planning pregnancy in the near future. I am worried about taking the COVID-19 vaccine. Should I take it? If you are planning a pregnancy, you can safely receive the Comirnaty vaccine (Pfizer vaccine). You do not need to avoid becoming pregnant before or after vaccination. You are not required to have a pregnancy test before getting vaccinated. If you become pregnant after your first dose, you might choose to have the second dose during pregnancy (see below) or you might choose to wait until after your pregnancy. It is important to note that the first dose may only provide partial protection against COVID-19, and this protection may be short-lived. You will only have full protection after two doses. The Australian government has not provided any specific advice concerning other forms of the vaccine at this time. If you have concerns, we recommend you speak with your healthcare professional concerning your personal circumstances.
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