NOVEMBER NEWS 2021

We apologise for the lack of recent updates. However, as we are sure most patients appreciate, it has been a very busy and challenging time at Mornington Coastal Medical Centre.

We are very grateful for the high number of our patients who have completed their COVID vaccinations. As well as providing protection to yourselves, it also protects us and allows us to continue to provide family medical services.

A common question we are being asked relates to COVID booster vaccinations. The current Department of Health is for booster vaccinations to be done 6 months after the second vaccination unless advised differently by your doctor. The Department of Health wants the booster vaccination to be the Pfizer vaccine. We have begun the process to equip the practice with facilities to administer Pfizer vaccines. We anticipate from mid-December onwards we will be offering booster vaccinations.

Whilst it’s wonderful to be out of lockdown, it is worth being mindful that there are more COVID cases in the community than at any time during the pandemic. Today there are about 80 active cases in Mornington and Mt Martha. Therefore, we do need to continue to practise pandemic preventative measures.

 

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Maintain a safe distance from others (at least 1 metre), even if they don’t appear to be sick.
  • Masks will still be required in health facilities, public transport, retail settings, and in primary schools, or when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Choose open, well-ventilated spaces over closed ones. Open a window if indoors.
  • Clean your hands often. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Get vaccinated when it’s your turn. Follow local guidance about vaccination.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Call in advance so your healthcare provider can direct you to the right health facility. This protects you, and prevents the spread of viruses and other infections.

We continue to provide our full range of family medical services. Please do not delay routine medical checks and ignore any symptoms causing concern