MONDAY to FRIDAY – 8:30am to 6pm

SATURDAY – 8:30am to 12pm

Suite 6, Ground Floor 32 Florence St HORNSBY NSW 2077

Covid and Flu Vaccination

MARCH, 2023


With winter on the approach please consider updating your Covid-19 Vaccination. From the 13th of March, we will be administering the Pfizer bivalent (Omicron 4/5 strain) BOOSTER vaccine to anyone over 18 who has NOT had a vaccine or the Covid-19 infection in the last SIX MONTHS.

  • Patients are advised to phone for an appointment (as we do not have online appointments for the Covid-19 vaccines).
  • The FLU VACCINE can be administered on the same day as the Covid -19 booster.
  • Ideally you need to allow at least one week between any OTHER vaccine and the Covid-19 vaccine.

1st BOOSTER Covid-19 Vaccines (3RD SHOT)

Still available to all people over 16 years of age. If you fit into the severely immunocompromised category or need advice on timing, please organise a phone consultation with your GP or specialist. People who are immunocompromised will be coming up to their 6th Covid Vaccine. However, if you have had the Covid -19 infection you will need to wait SIX months for your next booster.


Please also download and complete the consent form.

PFIZER VACCINATION for children age 5-11

Appointments are still available, via telephone only. For Children 5-11 receiving Pfizer we ask parents to please read the following, and print out.

Please also download and complete the consent form.

Children under 5

The Florence St Family Practice is not currently providing covid-19 vaccination services to children under 5 – please refer to the covid vaccine clinic finder.

On the Day

  • Patients will need to be observed for 15 minutes after vaccination.
  • We ask that only one support person accompany a child under 15 to minimise the occupants in the waiting area.
  • Patients are advised to eat and be well hydrated prior to the appointment.
  • Please do not take Panadol /Nurofen prior to vaccination.
  • Please arrive on time with your filled in forms to minimise your time at the practice.
  • Please make your second dose appointment before you leave.

New Patient

If you are a NEW PATIENT to the practice, you will also be required to print out, complete and bring in, our registration form AND either a health summary from your doctor or a completed history sheet.


Is NOT currently recommending booster doses for: people aged 12 to 15 years unless they are immunocompromised.

For patients over 18 yet to be immunised

Novavax vaccine is available.  Please refer to the covid vaccine clinic finder. For more information re Novavax, please read: 

Safety of COVID-19 booster doses

  • Common, mild side effects following a booster dose look similar to the side effects following the first 2 doses.
  • There is limited data on serious side effects such as myocarditis and pericarditis following a Pfizer booster dose.
  • Evidence from Israel suggests that myocarditis and pericarditis are not more common after the booster dose, compared with the second dose.
  • This side effect is being monitored closely.
  • ATAGI will continue to review the risk-benefit equation on booster doses.

As appointments are limited, please cancel your Covid vaccine appointment as soon as possible if:

  • you are unwell with fever, cough or other possible Covid-19 symptoms
  • you are waiting for a Covid-19 test result or have a positive Covid-19 test
  • you are a close contact of someone with Covid-19 or you are in quarantine

Vaccine ​Side Effects:

None of the vaccines’ ingredients can cause COVID-19 infection. Side effects are usually mild to moderate and resolve within a few days. These can include:

  • Tenderness, warmth, redness and itch at the injection site.
  • Headache (50%), fatigue (50%), muscle aches (40%) joint pains (20%)
  • Fever/chills (30%)
  • Nausea (20%)

  • Fainting
  • dizziness

  • Allergic reaction including skin rash, swelling, difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis (about 1-5 cases per 1 million doses).
  • TTS (Thrombosis with Thrombocytopaenia Syndrome) (Astra Zeneca)
  • Myocarditis / Pericarditis (Pfizer/Moderna)

Also refer to the following information:

When compared with the first dose of Astra Zeneca, adverse reactions reported after the second dose were milder and reported less frequently.The reverse is true of Pfizer. Adverse reactions were generally milder and reported less frequently in older adults (≥65 years old).

To reduce discomfort, paracetamol or ibuprofen can be taken after vaccination. Healthdirect also has a  side effect checker if  you think you may be experiencing side-effects. Alternately you can call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 for information about side effects.

Medical experts have studied COVID-19 vaccines to make sure they are safe. The potential for other rare or unanticipated side effects to emerge over time is low, but is being closely monitored, as for any vaccine or medicine.

  • Patients will be contacted in the week after vaccination via SMS with a brief survey to collect data on any adverse events following the vaccine. This is part of a national adverse events surveillance system called AusVaxSafety.
  • Adverse events can also be reported by the patient or by the immunisation provider to the NSW health department or the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) directly.
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people and avoid handshakes
  • Stay home if you are unwell and get tested for Covid-19. Stay at home until your results come back.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitiser
  • Always cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue and put the tissue in the bin straight away and clean your hands.
  • Wear a mask in closed environments

As with any vaccine it may not protect everyone. It is not yet known how long the vaccine protection will last. Hopefully information re boosters will become available in the next few months.

All COVID-19 vaccinations must be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). This is a mandatory requirement under national legislation. This will include some personal information. You can view / obtain your vaccination record online through your:

  • Medicare Online account / Medicare Express Plus App
  • MyGov account
  • MyHealthRecord account.
  • You can also call Medicare on 1800 653 809

More information on COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccine roll-out can be viewed on the Department of Health (DoH) COVID-19 vaccine website.