COVID-19 Updates & Vaccinations

UPDATED 2 Aug. 21:


Due to the current COVID lockdown in Southeast Queensland, SmartClinics medical centres in Brisbane, Ipswich and Gold Coast prefer that patients book a telehealth appointment where suitable – this excludes existing COVID vaccination bookings.

If you would like to book a telehealth appointment with one of our doctors please click the pink online booking button. To make a COVID vaccination appointment, read far below for a list of clinics that currently have vaccines in stock.

For COVID vaccination appointments and any urgent in person appointments, on arrival at the clinic you will be screened prior to entry and anyone presenting with COVID or flu like symptoms or who has been in a contact tracing area will not be able to enter the clinic. You will be required to wait in your car.

If you are unwell, please go directly to a COVID testing facility or your local emergency department.

Looking to weigh up the potential benefits versus the risk of harm from the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine?

Click here for information to help you make an informed decision.

If you are in Queensland, click the link below to find your nearest COVID-testing facility, how to book and for information about the test.

Please click here to find your nearest Respiratory clinic.

NOTE: Smartclinics Respiratory Clinic in Alexandra Hills has CLOSED.

If you have cold or flu symptoms please do NOT attend a regular medical centre. Instead, make a booking for a COVID test at your local Respiratory Clinic. These Specialised Health Centres cater specifically for patients who have a respiratory illness or flu symptoms, or have been referred by their GP for a COVID-19 assessment or test.

Your GP may have referred you to a Respiratory Clinic for assessment, rather than undergoing the test at your regular medical centre, as a way to help to reduce the potential spread of the virus and not overcrowd our emergency departments. However, if you are experiencing severe symptoms, call 000 for an ambulance.

When will I be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

The following people are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • All adults aged 40-49
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 49
  • NDIS participants, and carers of NDIS participants, aged 16 years and over
  • Temporary visa holders aged under 50 years who are currently in Australia and have been approved for return travel to Australia through the travel exemption process.

This is in addition to the following people, who were already eligible for vaccination:

  • All adults aged 50 and over
  • Quarantine and border workers
  • Health care workers
  • Aged care and disability care residents and staff
  • People aged 16 and over with an underlying medical condition or significant disability
  • Critical and high risk workers aged 16 and over including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.
  • Individuals with an Australian Border Force outwards travel exemption in an eligible category

Some states and territories will amend their eligibility based on their COVID-19 situation and vaccine supply and uptake. Please stay up to date with information from Queensland Health.

Before you make a vaccination booking, please check your eligibility.  You can do this for yourself or another person by clicking here.

To check on the Queensland rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Some SmartClinics Medical Centres below will be offering COVID-19 vaccines, while others will not. Please read the list below to see how to book your vaccine at one of our clinics. Vaccine supply issued by the Government at some locations is slow, so please be patient with us.  This means you may need to wait until more vaccines have arrived in stock before you can get an appointment.

STEP 1: Before booking your COVID vaccination appointment, make sure you are eligible – click here to see if you are eligible.

STEP 2: Book your vaccination appointment by contacting one of the clinics below. These clinics have AstraZeneca in stock now.

**Due to a very limited supply, we are not offering wait lists – so please be patient**

Why should I get vaccinated for COVID-19? 

COVID-19 can cause serious ongoing health conditions, and sometimes death. Immunisation is a safe and effective way of protecting you and your family.  Immunisation helps protect others, especially those who may not be able to be immunised themselves. When you get immunised, you protect yourself as well as helping to protect the whole community.

Why do we need vaccines if we are already wearing masks and practicing social distancing? 

The measures we’ve put in place so far such as border restrictions, quarantine, mask wearing, hand washing, physical distancing, and testing help to protect all Queenslanders and will continue to be important to control the spread of the virus and its effects on the community.  But we don’t want to live under restrictions forever.  The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect people long-term against severe COVID-19 disease.

Are there other benefits to getting vaccinated?

Getting vaccinated helps protect the vulnerable in our society who can’t get vaccinated themselves because they are too young, or too sick.  This is because widespread vaccination makes it more difficult for the disease to spread.  Also, the less the disease spreads, the less likely it is that new, possibly more infectious or dangerous mutations will arise.

What is herd immunity and how does it relate to COVID-19?

We reach ‘herd immunity’ when enough people are immunised to stop or slow the circulation of the disease. This reduces the likelihood of infection, which then affords protection for people who can’t be vaccinated.

What percentage of the population needs to get vaccinated before we achieve herd immunity? 

The percentage changes depending on the disease and how effective the vaccine is at preventing transmission. Usually, 50% – 90% of a population needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.  Experts believe a herd immunity of 65% or higher will be needed for COVID-19, but we cannot be certain at this stage. It is an important area of research which will continue as countries begin their COVID-19 vaccination programs.

Is it compulsory to be vaccinated?

Australians have a great record in being immunised. The COVID-19 vaccine will be voluntary, universal and free. If a safe and effective vaccine becomes available for COVID-19, the Government aims to have as many Australians as possible choose to be vaccinated for COVID-19.  If people choose not to have a COVID-19 vaccine, this will not affect their family’s eligibility for Family Tax Benefit Part A or childcare fee assistance which only includes National Immunisation Program vaccines for those aged under 20 years.

Who will receive the vaccine?

The Australian Government is committed to providing all Australians with access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available, to those who wish to vaccinate against COVID-19. As doses will initially be limited, access to vaccines during the early period of the roll out will be made available to highest priority groups.  The rollout strategy can be found here:

Why have some groups of people been prioritised over others?

Priority groups are identified by taking into account current public health, medical and epidemiological evidence on who would be most affected if they contracted COVID-19.  For example, health and aged care workers are a priority group because they are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 due to their frequent contact with people. They are also more likely to transmit the virus to vulnerable people through their work in hospitals and aged care facilities. It is for everyone’s benefit that this group  is prioritised for vaccination so they can continue providing essential care.

How much will the vaccine cost? 

COVID-19 vaccines will be free for all Australian citizens, permanent residents and temporary visa-holders as per the Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

How has a vaccine been rolled out so fast?

Usually when a vaccine is developed it is done is a very linear fashion – one step, after another.  There has been an enormous amount of resources and money thrown into the research, development and testing of the Covid-19 vaccines so that many of these steps could take place simultaneously.  There has been no compromise on safety.​​​​​​​

If I get the vaccine, what side effects can I expect? 

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: pain, redness and/or swelling where you received the needle and mild fever.  Serious reactions like allergic reactions are extremely rare.

Can I get the vaccine if I’m planning to get pregnant, pregnant, or breastfeeding?

At this stage, COVID-19 vaccines are not routinely recommended to be given during pregnancy as there is limited experience with the use of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant women. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before you receive this vaccine.  If you are planning a pregnancy, ask your doctor for advice before you receive this vaccine.

How effective are the COVID-19 vaccines? 

The results from the clinical trials to date have shown both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines to be effective in providing protection against COVID-19.  If as many people as possible are immunised against COVID-19, regardless of which vaccine they have, this will make a significant difference in keeping everyone safe.

What vaccine will I get?

You won’t be able to choose which vaccine you receive.  As supplies of the vaccine are received, people in order of priority groups will be given the vaccine available at the time.  The general public will most likely receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, as millions of doses are planned to be manufactured in Australia.

What is in the vaccine? 

Once vaccines are approved by the TGA, their specific ingredients are listed in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.

What do I do, whilst I wait for the vaccine to be rolled-out? 

Whether you are in a priority group or not, the best thing you can do is stay up to date and continue to be COVIDSafe. In the meantime, everyone still needs to practise good hygiene, maintain physical distance, wear a mask in places you can socially distance, stay home if you are sick and get tested.  SmartClinics have a dedicated covid-19 respiratory testing clinic at Alexandra Hills.

What conditions are considered an underlying medical condition?

Underlying medical conditions include:

  • organ transplant recipients who are on immune suppressive therapy
  • people who have had a bone marrow transplant in the last 24 months
  • people on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease
  • people who have haematological cancers, for example, leukaemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome, diagnosed within the last 5 years
  • people having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • people with chronic renal (kidney) failure
  • people with heart disease such as coronary heart disease or failure
  • people with chronic lung disease, excluding mild or moderate asthma
  • people who have a non-haematological cancer, diagnosed in the last 12 months
  • people who have diabetes
  • people with severe obesity, with a Body Mass Index of 40 or over
  • people with chronic liver disease
  • people with some neurological conditions including stroke and dementia
  • people with some chronic inflammatory conditions and treatments
  • people with other primary or acquired immunodeficiency, including HIV
  • ​​​​​​​people with poorly controlled blood pressure