Coronavirus Disease

and Vaccination

COVID 19

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly.

The advice from SA Health is updated regularly, so please click on the SA Health Link below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for a test for Coronavirus?

People who have any of the symptoms below, even if mild, should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as symptoms appear:

  • fever or chills

  • cough

  • sore throat

  • runny nose

  • shortness of breath

  • loss of taste or smell

  • diarrhoea and vomiting

What does the test for Coronavirus involve?

The test involves a swab (like a long cotton bud) placed on the back of your mouth (pharynx) and in the nostrils. It is sent to the laboratory at SA Pathology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for testing. Results will be sent to your GP when they are available, which is currently about 1-3 days.

 

Can I have a Coronavirus Test at Seacombe Medical Centre?

Due to low levels of community transmission, we are not currently providing COVID-19 testing facilities. Testing is available at designated SA Health testing centres, please refer to the SA Health website for location details.

Do not go to the Emergency Department to get tested. If you are very unwell with suspected or confirmed Coronavirus, it is important that you ring 000, or your local hospital before you attend the Emergency Department.

I have a viral infection, but no fever, can I see my GP?

Please make a telephone consultation with your GP online via this website, or call 8296 0122. Your GP may request that you get tested for Coronavirus. 

Can I be immunised for Coronavirus?

A vaccination for coronavirus has been developed. COVID-19 vaccination has commenced in SA for specific high risk populations. We are an approved COVID-19 vaccination provider.

We are currently unable to offer bookings for COVID-19 vaccinations as we are only receiving small supplies and our doctors will allocate them to our high-risk patients. Someone from the surgery will be in touch with you if you are allocated a vaccine.

We currently estimate it will take 6 - 12 months to offer a vaccination to everyone in risk group 1b. Vaccinations for patients in risk group 2 are not expected to commence until the second half of 2021. Please visit the link below to check your eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccination.

Please also keep an eye on our website, as we are hoping to be able to offer online bookings for COVID-19 vaccination once our vaccine stock numbers increase.

I am under 50 and 1B. Can I have a Covid-19 vaccination?

You are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, however based on your age, the Pfizer vaccine is recommended for you.

At this stage there are no Pfizer vaccination clinics listed in the Vaccine Clinic Finder. Please check again shortly.

In some situations people aged under 50 years might be recommended to receive the COVID-19 Astra Zeneca vaccine. If you wish to discuss this, please make an appointment to discuss with your usual health care provider.

Thank you for your continued understanding. We will keep this updated based on advice. More information on what this means can be found at 

www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines- link opens in a new window

If you received your first dose of Astra Zeneca, and have not experienced significant side effects, you can receive a second dose. Please book your second appointment with your clinic.

What is quarantine? What is self isolation?

Please click on the below link for information from an excellent website called GPs can.

(Information current as at 14/04/21)

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