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We are getting lots of questions and comments from the community so we have started this page to help by answering your questions.

Who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations right now?
Everyone 18 years and over can now book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.  Booster (or vaccine number 3) can be given 3 months AFTER the second vaccine. You can book online  here and make sure you complete this form prior to coming in for your vaccination. You do not need a doctor’s referral.

Why should we get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Protect yourself and the community
Vaccination is the most effective way to protect against infectious diseases. Vaccines strengthen your immune system by training it to recognise and fight against specific viruses. When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and helping to protect the whole community.

Help reduce COVID-19 in the community
COVID-19 can spread quickly and widely. It has resulted in the deaths of over 5 million people worldwide and over 3,000 deaths in Australia. When enough people in the community are vaccinated, it slows down the spread of disease.

Vaccination rates in Australia
Australian families demonstrate that we are a vaccination nation. Childhood immunisation rates reached record levels of 95.09 per cent for all 5-year-old children at December 2020. Reaching our vaccination target of 95 per cent supports herd immunity to slow down the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases. For other vaccines, when lots of people in the community are protected by immunisation, we rarely see the deadly diseases they prevent. This includes diseases such as diphtheria, measles and meningococcal disease. It is not yet known if we can eradicate COVID-19. The first step is to reduce the harm it causes and its spread in the community. High immunisation rates also protect vulnerable people in our community who cannot be vaccinated, such as very young children or people who are too sick. 

Reduce the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
Higher vaccination rates make outbreaks much less likely. It also reduces the need for preventive measures, such as border closures and travel restrictions. This will reduce the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will help save lives and livelihoods.

What if I have a reaction to the vaccine?
You may experience minor side effects following vaccination. Most side effects last no more than a couple of days and you will recover without any problems.

Common reactions to vaccination include:

Some people will experience more significant flu-like symptoms from the vaccine compared to other common vaccinations, and may need time away from normal activities. For the Pfizer (COMIRNATY) vaccine, these symptoms are more common after the second dose. For the AstraZeneca vaccine, these symptoms are more common after the first dose.

Serious reactions such as allergic reactions are extremely rare. They usually occur within 15 minutes of receiving a vaccine. After you receive your vaccine, you should wait this amount of time before you leave to ensure your safety in case a reaction occurs.

Use the COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccine. The checker is also available through the National Coronavirus Helpline, 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.

The COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult a medical professional for serious symptoms or emergencies. For specific advice about side effects from different doses of vaccines, ask your doctor or health care professional.

See your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible or go directly to a hospital if you:

The various vaccine have been developed too quickly – How can we be sure it is safe? 

•             The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved this vaccine after an in-depth and independent full assessment was undertaken (NCIRS, 2020; TGA, 2020; Healthdirect, 2020).  The Therapeutic Goods Administration is the health regulatory agency of the Australian Government. As part of the Department of Health, the TGA regulates the quality, supply and advertising of medicines, pathology devices, medical devices, blood products and most other therapeutics

•             An unprecedented amount of resources and number of international researchers have been working towards the same clinical goal and have achieved this due to the devastating impact COVID-19 has had (NCIRS, 2020; Healthdirect, 2020). 

•             The same number of trials and tests has been undertaken with COVID-19 vaccines as expected with any other new medicines. The vast number of trial participants in target groups has allowed this to happen more quickly than usual (NCIRS, 2020).

•             Pharmaceutical companies invested in manufacturing early on, so there was no delay between completion of trials and safety testing and the roll-out (NCIRS, 2020).

•             Technology has evolved to be able to manufacture vaccines faster including sequencing the genetic code of the virus (Healthdirect 2020; NCIRS, 2020; Lewandowsky, et. al., 2021)

Can you get COVID-19 from the different vaccines and can the vaccines change your genetic code?

•             No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contains live viruses. Therefore, the virus is unable to replicate and grow to cause an infection (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2021).

•             The mRNA genetic material in the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is cleared and the mRNA does not enter the human cell nucleus which is where our DNA is located and cannot alter your DNA or genetic make-up (CDC, 2021).

•             Receiving a vaccine will not result in a positive COVID-19 swab test. However, it is possible for a person to catch COVID-19 just before or after a vaccination and therefore return a positive test due to an active infection acquired before the vaccine was effective (CDC, 2021).

Now that I have received the vaccine, do I still need to follow physical distancing and wear a mask when recommended?

•             Yes, all COVID-19 safe preventative measures such as wearing masks, physical distancing and frequent hand washing should still be followed after receiving the vaccine (NCIRS, 2020). This is because the vaccine program will take a while to be rolled out and for the effect to be seen. If the vaccine program is effective and a large proportion of people are immunised then restrictions may be able to ease if herd immunity develops (NCIRS, 2020).

LINKS TO COMMON QUESTIONS

Who can get vaccinated for COVID-19?
https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19/who-can-get-vaccinated-for-covid-19

Why should I get vaccinated for COVID-19?
https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19/why-should-i-get-vaccinated-for-covid-19

What should I do before I get vaccinated for COVID-19?
https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/learn-about-covid-19-vaccines/what-should-i-do-before-i-get-vaccinated-for-covid-19

What happens after I am vaccinated for COVID-19?
https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19/what-happens-after-i-am-vaccinated-for-covid-19

In a bid to fight COVID the Australian Government has established GP respiratory clinics around the country to assess, test and diagnose people who have a fever, a cough, a sore throat, or shortness of breath for COVID-19. If you are experiencing these symptoms you can now be seen in our COVID Respiratory Clinic in Spring Street Bondi Junction for Covid testing.

We can assess, test and diagnose people with mild-moderate respiratory symptoms for COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia.

Our Covid testing clinic is run by specifically trained General Practitioners, Nurses and Specialists and is located in our brand new state-of-the-art rooms in the heart of Bondi Junction. The clinic is FREE as it is a partnership between the Australian Department of Health and NSW Department of Health.

To book an appointment please call 02 9194-2788 or book Online here

After you book your appointment please complete the online registration form here

Consulting Rooms available at 47 Spring Street, Bondi Junction

Two Consulting Rooms available to rent in central Bondi Junction available Monday to Friday for Allied Health Professionals or Specialists. Brand new state of the art GP Practice offering private individual treatment rooms, large reception area, air conditioned throughout, free WiFi, disabled access, street parking, lunch room and bathroom facilities for both patients and staff. We are a 5 minute walk from Bondi Junction Station or there is parking available in the Waverley Library carpark for flat rate of $15 per day.

Spring Street General Practice medical centre is clean, quiet, well cared for and welcoming, set on street level for ease of access and visability.

We can provide a receptionist, internet, printer and stationary use for an additional fee.

Consulting Rooms Fee - Half-day $70 / Full-day $140

To make an enquiry please fil in the Contact Us form on our website or call us on 02 9194 2788. We look forward to hearing from you

At Spring Street General Practice, our vision and goal is to support local Bondi Junction residents and the workforce in achieving expert and cost effective healthcare.

General Practitioner Positions in Spring Street General Practice in Bondi Junction, a well-equipped Medical Centre that boasts state of the art equipment for our staff and patients.

We are seeking a General Practitioner to join our, privately-owned patient-centred clinic, and share our mission is to provide quality healthcare in a professional and caring environment.

We are in a prime location, conveniently located in the heart of Bondi Junction with plenty of parking close by, high volume of foot traffic as well as both commercial and residential exposure, therefore equalling a very high, income earning potential. 

This purpose-built clinic is fully computerised and equipped with:

This fantastic General Practitioner Position opportunity is opened to an inspiring GP that fulfils the below requirements:

The Principal GP is an experienced Cosmetic and Skin Cancer Practitioner. And for the right candidate, an opportunity to be mentored and other incentives maybe available.

We genuinely care about every GP in our team and through open collaborative relationships, we provide the environment and support you need to practice your best medicine.

This is a fantastic opportunity for personal and professional growth in a new practice, with 70% of billings, a $150/hour guarantee offered.

Interested in our General Practitioner Positions?

To make an enquiry please fil in the Contact Us form on our website or call us on 02 9194 2788. We look forward to hearing from you

What cosmetic treatment questions should you ask when choosing a doctor for cosmetic procedures? You could ask for recommendations from your GP or from friends or relatives who have had similar work done.  Or you could just talk to your GP.

When considering doctors and treatments here are a few cosmetic treatment questions that you should investigate

Experience: How long have they been doing the treatment?

Qualifications: Ideally look for someone who’s a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, a fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgeons or of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. However, many other doctors (GPs, for example) and some nurses are trained and experienced in administering cosmetic procedures.

Brands: Like most things you get what you pay for and not all machines are created equal

Manner: Do you have a rapport with the doctor and the staff, it’s important that you feel comfortable enough to ask questions. You are your best advocate.

Fees: What are the initial fees and what maintenance is required?

Some cosmetic treatment questions to ask your doctor about the procedure include:

Are there any complications associated with the procedure? Are there other side-effects?

How frequently do you perform the procedure(s) I want?

How long do the effects last and how often should they be repeated to maintain the effect?

How many sessions are required and over how long?

How much are the procedure fees, including after care and the cost of take-home skin care products or medication, if applicable? If more than one session is recommended, is there a package available?

If I choose not to go ahead with all sessions in the package do I get a refund?

Is it local, local anaesthetic with sedation or general anaesthetic?

What does it involve and how long will it take?

What is the post-operative infection rate?

What products should I use to maintain these results?

What will I look like immediately after the procedure? Will I need time off work?

Where will the procedure be performed – clinic or hospital?

Once you have asked all the right questions and done your homework you will feel so much better about your decision – and let’s not forget how good you will look! Book a consultation with Dr Lee at Spring Street GP, to discuss which cosmetic treatment is right for you.

Our bodies are made of many different types of cells. If cells die in any one of these areas, new cells are needed to replace them.  In these situations, the cells that are responsible for creating new cells are stem cells or otherwise known as 'regenerative stem cells'.  For example, when the skin or a joint get injured and damaged, new skin is formed.  The cells which are used to form new skin are stem cells (regenerative stem cells.)

According to Journal: American College of Cardiology,Regenerative Medicine is the vanguard of 21st century health “ Regenerative Aesthetics is a new field of regenerative medicine that aims to restore and renew the body at the cellular level, dramatically reversing the ravages of time and maintaining a desirable youthful appearance.

The most widely known of these regenerative therapies is Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP which utilizes your own Blood Plasma and Platelets in a concentrated form to activate the healing effect. Known as “Liquid Gold”, your platelets and plasma have been shown to rejuvenate

Advantage of Stem Cell Treatment

Tap into your own healing potential with these types of bio-hacking technologies to enhance your regenerative potential and get the results you truly desire. As with any medical treatment a full consultation to assess suitability is required. Please tell our receptionists if your appointment is for a Regenerative Medicine consultation as you will require a 30 minute appointment. Please call the surgery on (02) 9194-2788 to arrange a consult.

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