Over the last four weeks there were 107,154 casesof COVID in the region – a reduction of 1,364 cases over the last week. Please note that the actual number of cases is likely to be much more. For further information please go to the latest NSW COVID statistics.
Infection control and wearing masks (staff and patients) remains important. Practices are also asked to ensure that their most vulnerable populations are fully vaccinated. If you would like an infectious control consultation or any other support please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the Department of Health’s Help stop the flu in 2022 consumer campaign: This year, it’s even more important to get the influenza vaccine as we are more vulnerable to influenza. This is due to lower recent exposure to the virus and lower uptake of influenza vaccines in 2021. With international borders reopening, it’s likely we will see more influenza in 2022. Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications. The influenza vaccine is recommended for all individuals aged 6 months and over.
Vaccinations in children
Due to the low uptake of vaccinations for children in the Canterbury-Bankstown, Bayside and George’s River LGAs, practices are strongly encouraged to promote childhood COVID-19 vaccination during the Easter school holidays. Download the AIR42A report to identify all children due for the COVID-19 vaccine or contact email@example.com for assistance with accessing the report for your practice.
Boosters not recommended for 12-15 group
On 8 April 2022 the TGA approved a booster dose of Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine for use in adolescents aged 12-15 years. However at this time, ATAGIdoes not recommend that adolescents aged 12-15 years need to receive a booster dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Current data suggest that COVID-related serious illness is very rare in adolescents aged 12-15, particularly after completion of a primary series of COVID-19 vaccination.
Practices can choose to withdraw from the COVID-19 Program completely or withdraw from administering selected vaccines. Contact CESPHN at firstname.lastname@example.org to notify your intention to withdraw or amend the vaccines you will be administering. CESPHN will pass this information onto the Taskforce in a timely manner to enable the accurate administration of the request.
In-language videos with multicultural GPs about vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 is now available in Assyrian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi and Punjabi. This language set contains translations of a video in which doctors talk about COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 and encourage parents and carers to book vaccinations for their children.
COVID live stream for GPs
Join the latest COVID-19 vaccine live stream update for GPs. The panel will provide latest key updates and answer participants’ questions live about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. When: Thursday 14 April 2022, 11:30am (AEDT) Where: Online Target audience: GPs Click link to join
NCIRS webinar recording
Watch the NCIRS webinar recording to find out what you need to know to be prepared for influenza and COVID-19 vaccination in 2022.This webinar was recorded 5 April 2022, and chaired by Professor Kristine Macartney.
Free fit testing for GPs and practice nurses
CESPHN is offering free fit testing for all GPs and practice nurses in our region. Bookings are now open.
GPs and practice nurses can use the existing Sydney Local Health District mask fit testing booking system to book individual appointments at either Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital or Canterbury Hospital for mask fit testing services.
For bookings please go to https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/covid-mask-testing/. The online booking system will be updated to include a check box to identify as a GP or practice nurse; this question will also be asked by the mask fit tester. For the next month a special three hour evening slot will be available once per week for GPs and practice nurses to access.
RPA and Concord Hospital are open from 8.00am – 4.00pm Monday to Friday.
Canterbury is open from 8.00am – 4.00pm on Tuesday and Thursday.
Fit testing services can be provided in the GP practice for group appointments provided there is a minimum of 20 people requiring mask fit testing. This may require practices to collaborate to ensure they meet minimum numbers.
Royal Prince Alfred Room 6.1 Level 6 Kerry Packer Education Centre
Concord Hospital Centre for Education Workforce and Development Building 20A
Canterbury Hospital Level 4 (next to computer room)
Ordering of masks
Masks will be supplied for fit testing however the GP practice will then need to purchase masks. Further information on purchasing masks will be provided on the day.
Excess COVID vaccines
If your practice has an excess of COVID-19 vaccines, please notify CESPHN (email@example.com) as we may be able to help coordinate a transfer of the stock ideally two weeks prior to thaw use by date.
You should also notify the Vaccine Operations Centre (VOC) at firstname.lastname@example.org of your excess doses so that they may be able to facilitate transfers outside the CESPHN region. Please note in the email to VOC that you have already contacted CESPHN.
COVID-19 care in the community
A reminder to check HealthPathways regularly for the latest updates on caring for COVID positive patients in the community. These have been updated to include information on the new oral antiviral treatments.
The CESPHN Vax at Home Service is ONLY for those people who are housebound and not able to leave their house to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or booster (their carers will also be able to be vaccinated).
The Vax at Home Service will accept referrals for people 16 years and over. For children 12-16 years with special circumstances and may require further support, referrals will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Patients should speak with their GP for a referral to this program if appropriate. Referrals will be accepted from general practitioners and from Local Health Districts. Patient self-referrals will NOT be accepted.
All referrals MUST be sent through this Vax at Home Service Online Form – for people who are housebound and reside in the Sydney Local Health District or South Eastern Sydney Local Health District regions. Please indicate if an influenza vaccine is also required.
To order PPE for your practice or pharmacy click here. Distribution of pulse oximeters to patients identified as high risk is occurring via local health districts. CESPHN has access to a small supply of pulse oximeters.
Accessing pulse oximeters for your patient
Individual patients – distribution of pulse oximeters to patients identified as high risk is occurring via local health CESPHN have access to a small supply. GPs with patients they believe require a pulse oximeter urgently are asked to complete this CESPHN Pulse Oximeter online form with the patients details and we will arrange delivery of an oximeter.
General practices – practices actively seeing moderate risk COVID positive patients can also be sent up to five pulse oximeters per practice via email to email@example.com.
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