Before completing this form, we recommend you read the information sheet on the COMIRNATY (Pfizer) COVID-19 Vaccine on the Department of Health website www.health.gov.au.
People who have a COVID-19 vaccination have a much lower chance of getting sick from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccination is free for everyone, and you can choose whether to have the vaccination or not. There are two brands of vaccine in use in Australia. Both are effective and safe. Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine is preferred over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for adults under 60 years of age. You need to have two doses of the same brand of vaccine. The person giving you your vaccination will tell you when you need to have the second vaccination.
Medical experts have studied COVID-19 vaccines to make sure they are safe. The more common side effects may include tenderness or pain at the injection site, headache, fever, fatigue, malaise, joint and muscle pain. As with any vaccine or medicine, there may be rare and/or unknown side effects and last for 1-2 days
A very rare side effect of blood clotting (thrombosis) with low platelet levels (thrombocytopenia) has been reported following vaccination with AstraZeneca. This is not seen after the Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine.
Cases of Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and/or pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart) have been reported as very rare side effects after mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (including Comirnaty (Pfizer)). Cases primarily occurred within 14 days after vaccination, more often in males aged under 30 years and after the second dose. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is not associated with an increased risk of myocarditis/pericarditis.
Please contact your healthcare provider if you have any side effects like a sore arm, chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, headache, fever, body aches or any symptom that is unusual for you.
You will be asked to remain in the Medical Centre for 15 minutes observation after your vaccination, but if you have a previous history of anaphylaxis to a vaccine you will be required to wait for 30 minutes.
Some people may still get COVID-19 after vaccination, so you must still follow public health precautions as required in your State or Territory to stop the spread of COVID-19 including physical distancing, wearing a mask, enhanced personal hygiene (hand washing/sanitizing), staying at home if unwell with cold-like symptoms and promptly getting tested for COVID-19.
Vaccination providers record all vaccinations on the Australian Immunisation Register, as required by Australian Law. You can view this online in your Medicare/ MyGov/MyHealth Record account.
For information on how your personal details are collected, stored and used visit https://www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines
On the day you receive your vaccine
Before you get vaccinated, tell the person giving you the vaccination if you:
- have had an allergic reaction, particularly anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, to an ingredient of a COVID-19 vaccine, or to any other vaccines or
- are immune compromised This means that you have a weakened immune system that may make it harder for you to fight infections and other
if you have a history of inflammatory cardiac illness (e.g. pericarditis, myocarditis, endocarditis), acute rheumatic fever, dilated cardiomyopathy (for people under 30 years of age), congenital heart disease, severe heart failure or if you are a heart transplant recipient.