COVID-19

COVID-19
Vaccine update Tuesday 20 July 2021

From Dr Jason King, Senior Medical Officer, 
Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

  • We have now taken delivery of the Pfizer vaccine and I am inviting all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 16 years and over, to come to the clinic and take up the offer of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

  • It should be noted that following the advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) on 17 June 2021 the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine (Cormirnaty) is the preferred vaccine for Australians aged 16 to under 60 years. 

  • Gurriny has already administered over 180 staff members, clients and community members (of all ages) including some residents at Mutkin, with their first and second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. We have seen no serious adverse reactions in these 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.

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

  •  I would also encourage all community members to get their FLU shot. This needs to be administered at least 2-weeks apart from a COVID shot.

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.

Dr Jason King

SEE BELOW: Your questions answered about the COVID-19 vaccine, by Dr Jason King (20 July 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?

Gurriny is administering both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines from Bukki Road.

We invite all community members  to take up the offer of the vaccine and make an appointment to discuss the options by calling the clinic on 4226 4100.  

4.  Does everyone have to have the vaccine?

No, but we are asking all community members who can be vaccinated to get vaccinated.

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.



GET TESTED
: 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.












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