CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

Mask Exemptions

It is our practice policy that we do not provide mask exemptions. We have an obligation to do what is best for your health, and that of our community, and we believe that masks are an essential tool in preventing the spread of Covid. If you feel unable to wear a mask in an area where you cannot social distance, we advise you to rethink your need to be in that space.

Vaccinations

The Surf Beach Surgery is pleased to announce that we will be providing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from 12th April 2022 for both 5-11 years and 12 years and older to Surf Beach Surgery patients. Please call the surgery to arrange an appointment.  

Have you had your booster shot?

  • You are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose if you are;

  • 16 years and older

 

Booster doses are recommended to maintain immunity against COVID-19. A booster dose increases your protection against; Severe disease, dying from COVID-19

 

A booster dose will continue to protect you, your loved ones and your community against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone.

For more information please visit the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 vaccines website.

 

From April 2022, a 4th winter COVID vaccination is recommended for people who are at greatest risk of severe illness as a result of COVID-19. You are eligible for the 4th dose 4 months since your first booster dose.

These people include;

  • 65 years and over

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over

  • Residents of aged care and disability care facilities

  • People aged 16 years and older who are severely immunocompromised (if you are unsure please consult your doctor).

 

If you are in one of the above groups, your additional winter COVID-19 vaccine dose can be given;

  • 4 months or longer from your previous booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine OR,

  • 4 months after a confirmed COVID-19 infection (if this has occurred since the previous booster.

Source: ATAGI Advice on Winter Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine, 25 March 2022

 

What you need to know about coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene can prevent infection.

 

What is COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.

Other coronaviruses include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Symptoms

Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.

People with coronavirus may experience:

  • fever

  • flu-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat and fatigue

  • shortness of breath

 
If you think you have COVID-19

If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, please ensure that you call the surgery first on 4471 2147 where our staff can talk to you about your symptoms whereby you may be offered a telehealth consult. Alternatively you can call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice on 1800 318 248. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.