Having your Covid Vaccination at EBMG
East Bentleigh Medical Group are providing Covid-19 vaccines to all our patients as per the government age eligibility.
- We strictly adhere to The Commonwealth Department of Health guidelines as to which age group receives which vaccine, please see your doctor if you wish to discuss this.
- The appointments must be made online.
- We can only give the vaccine during our special ‘Covid Clinics’ which our doctors and nurses are staffing on a rostered basis – we cannot give the vaccine during a standard consultation.
- You may not necessarily see your own doctor for your vaccine.
To make an appointment please click on the BOOK ONLINE button in the top right hand corner of this page, and follow the instructions. You can also book via the HotDoc app on your device. At the time of booking you will be asked to complete an on consent form.
If you’d like any further information about the vaccine, please book a standard appointment with your doctor or see the Department of Health website here.
Covid Vaccinations for 5 to 11 year olds
We are committed to vaccinating as many of our patients as we can and now it is the turn of our younger patients aged 5 to 11. We will be running special child vaccination clinics during business hours. Appointments for these will be made available online as soon as we receive each vaccine delivery. Appointments must be made online. Please complete the consent form at the time of booking.
Here are a few things we would like you to consider in preparation for your child’s vaccination appointment to make the clinics run as smoothly as possible:
- As is our policy and the policy of all healthcare and high risk settings, those with symptoms of Covid – sore throat, runny nose, fever, cough, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, headache – cannot attend the surgery, so if you, your child or a close contact is currently, or has recently experienced any of these symptoms, please cancel your appointment. Apart from anything else, your child must be in good health to receive the full benefit of any vaccine.
- We understand that for some, the decision to have your child vaccinated is a big responsibility, maybe much more so than being vaccinated yourself. Of course the doctor is there to answer your questions on the day, but please educate yourself as much as possible so you are armed with all the information you need to feel confident in your decision and to give consent. Here is a link to the Dhhs website where you should be able to find everything you need to know. Or you can make an appointment with your doctor before making a booking for your child if need be.
- Some children find having a vaccination scary – as adults we know the thought of it is always worse than having the actual needle itself – so please prepare your child if they need to be prepared – OR, don’t tell them if you think they will cope better at short notice.
- Time will be limited on the day with many children in the waiting room, so there will be no time for lengthy negotiations – if your child needs an incentive to have their vaccination please have these conversations at home first.
- If your child is refusing the vaccine and after a concerted attempt they cannot be persuaded, the doctor will ask you to make an appointment for another time. A very upset child, although understandable, is upsetting for everyone – you, your child and all those waiting.
- As with all childhood vaccinations, you’ll be asked to wait onsite for 15 minutes after your child has had the vaccination and then closely monitor them at home for the next 3 days. Your child will be vaccinated with Pfizer.
- A follow up appointment will be made for your child to receive their second dose 8 weeks after their first, so you won’t need to try to secure that appointment yourself.
- If you have any questions or concerns we urge you to make a telehealth appointment with your doctor prior to bringing your child for their vaccination to discuss these.