Vaccination – the best vaccine is the one in your arm

We all know about COVID. Let’s move on. Let’s move forward. The best vaccination for you is the one in your arm! This is voluntary. It’s not mandatory. If you don’t want it, or don’t think you need it, Australia is a free country. If you do want it, here is some simple information.

There are two vaccines available at the moment – Astra Zeneca, a viral vector vaccine, and Pfizer, an mRNA vaccine. Australia has a lot of Astra Zeneca and less Pfizer. PartridgeGP has Astra Zeneca.

Astra Zeneca:

Viral vector vaccine

2 doses

4-12 weeks apart (12 probably best BUT sooner is better – see above, the best vaccine is the one in your arm)

Clotting risk (low – probably less than 1 in 30000 and dropping as we exclude those at higher risk)

Generally well tolerated (over 20 million doses so far)

Get ASTRA here!

Now, many of you will want the Pfizer vaccine – this has been touted in the media extensively BUT

  • its less available, remember, the vaccine that works best is the one in your arm
  • speed is of the essence, you can see how fast lockdowns can occur
  • it has side effects, but, like Astra Zeneca, they are rare
  • its probably the same effectiveness as Astra Zeneca in the real world


Still not sure? Have a chat with Dr Margriet Breytenbach and she will go through this with you in detail – see her here!

Dr Margriet Breytenbach completed her medical degree at The University of Western Australia in 2018. Coming from a medical family, she has trained and worked at Royal Perth Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and South Coast District Hospital. She has varied interests in antenatal and postnatal care, paediatrics, sexual health, mental health and geriatrics. Outside of her work and studies she enjoys cooking, running, travelling and the outdoors!

Dr Margriet is here to help you at PartridgeGP as Your GP! She is available to help you with all of your General Practice needs from the today and you can make your appointment with her conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 0882953200.

All of our doctors here at PartridgeGP are fully qualified ‘Fellows’ (or are studying towards this ‘Registrars’) holding a specialist qualification with either the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) or both (3-4 years of full time study and 3 exams on top of an undergraduate university medical degree and supervised trainee ‘intern’ year in a hospital). This is our minimum specialist standard and you can see more about what this involves here. Our Fellows provide supervision and advice to our Registrars.

Founded in 2013, PartridgeGP (formerly Partridge Street General Practice) is a General Practice, based in Glenelg, South Australia, providing better services and facilities to GPs, Allied Health Professionals, and our staff, so that we can all provide the best clinical care to our valued patients. We are fully accredited as a General Practice and we are an award winning training practice, training students and GP Registrars, the future of our profession. Our core purpose is to help practitioners help patients. 

PartridgeGP is here to help – and we will continue to serve our valued patients! PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now, in the time of a global pandemic with a new vaccine on the horizon. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Where to from here?

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For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

(TL;DR – Get a regular GP or General Practice and use them!)

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If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Dr Nick Tellis on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

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