Vaccine update: from Dr Jason King,
Senior Medical Officer, Gurriny
Thursday 15 April 2021 

Following an update on 9 April 2021 from the Australian Government on the roll out of the AstraZeneca vaccine – Gurriny’s position is as follows:

  • Gurriny has already administered approximately 90 staff members, clients and community members (of all ages) including some residents at Mutkin, with their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. We have seen no adverse reactions in these 90 people and encourage everyone who has had the first dose to take up the second dose when the 12-week timeframe is reached. We will contact these people to make an appointment at the clinic.

  • As per the Australian Governments guidelines we are now suspending offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under 50 years of age but WE WILL CONTINUE TO OFFER the AstraZeneca vaccine to Gurriny staff, clients and all Yarrabah community members over 50 years.

  • It should be noted that: The AstraZeneca vaccine  can be used in adults aged under 50 years where the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks for that individual, and the person has made an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits.

  •  I encourage everyone in Community to talk to a GP or nurse at Gurriny to talk about their individual health circumstances and potential risk from COVID-19.

  • We are waiting on more information from the Australian Government in relation to COVID-19 vaccines for staff, clients and community members under 50 years of age and will share this information with you as soon as we receive it.

  • We have also received the FLU vaccine for patients and community members over 65 years of age and encourage this jab be included in the timeline with the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please remember: Choosing to get the COVID-19 vaccine helps protect you from getting very sick from COVID-19. The vaccine works best when many people have it. We hope you will encourage your family, Elders and community to get the vaccine and provide consent where required.

SEE BELOW: Your questions answered about the COVID-19 vaccine, by Dr Jason King (15 April 2021)

1. Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccines approved by the Australian government will be offered free to everyone in Australia. 
2. Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Anyone can get COVID-19. The elderly and people with chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are most at risk of serious COVID-19 infections.
A vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect people against serious illness from COVID-19. Just like the flu, it is important to get vaccinated to protect yourself, family, community and Elders.
It is also important to continue to practise good hygiene and physical distancing at all times. A safe and effective vaccine will only be one part of keeping the community safe and healthy.
3. Where will Yarrabah community members need to go to get the vaccine and how will I know when it's my turn?

The  rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine has now begun in Yarrabah (March 2021) and is available from Gurriny’s clinic at Bukki Road.

We invite all community members  over 50 years of age to take up the offer of the vaccine and make an appointment by calling the clinic on 4226 4100.  Once we receive the Pfizer vaccine we will contact people under 50 years of age to take up the offer of the free vaccine.

4.  Does everyone have to have the vaccine?

No, but we are asking all community members who can be vaccinated to get vaccinated when the right vaccine is offered to them.

The vaccine is Australia’s best chance at reducing the seriousness of COVID-19 in individuals and potentially controlling the spread in Australia and the world.

NOTE: If you choose not to have a COVID-19 vaccine your eligibility for Government payments won’t be affected.

5.  I have many more questions. Who can I talk to?

Yarrabah community members are encouraged to rely on reputable sources of information to help them make informed choices about the vaccine.

Please talk to your GP or a Gurriny Health Worker if you have any questions.

Call Gurriny reception on 4226 4100 – or go online HERE for more information from Queensland Health.

Stay Safe from COVID-19 in Far North Queensland

Gurriny encourages all Yarrabah community to follow the updated advice on COVID-19 issued through social media and the government web links below.

Find the latest QUEENSLAND HEALTH COVID-19 update here.

: If you they have any of the symptoms below get tested for COVID-19 at Yarrabah Emergency Department and do your best to isolate while waiting for test results.

CALL 4226 4100

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