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COVID-19 update – 27 January 

27 January 2021

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EOI to administer COVID vaccine now open

The Australian Government Department of Health has called for Expressions of Interest from accredited general practices to administer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the 1b cohort of our population. The 1b cohort includes:

  • Adults aged 70 years and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people older than 55 years
  • Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
  • Health and high risk workers

This EOI is open until 11.59pm AWST on 1 February 2021.

CESPHN strongly encourages all eligible practices to submit an EOI.  We have prepared some guidance to assist you in completing the EOI.  All general practices who meet requirements will have the opportunity to participate in the vaccine rollout as more vaccines become available.

Click here for: Background on EOI

Click here for: Online EOI form

Click here for: CESPHN Guidance 

Stay vigilant and get tested

While there have been no cases of community transmission reported in NSW for the past week sewerage testing results indicate COVID-19 is still circulating in some areas. It is important to stay vigilant and encourage testing.

Order your masks using our online mask ordering system.

Testing locations within the region can be found here.

COVID hotspots in our region

Suburbs in the Canterbury-Bankstown Local Government Area including Ashbury, Belfield, Campsie, Canterbury, Clemton Park, Croydon Park, Earlwood and Hurlstone Park have been identified as areas for increased testing. There remain a small number of active cases within the region as can be seen in this map.

Keep checking the NSW Health website for COVID-19 case locations as these are constantly changing. The following locations within the region are included on the list:

Campsie Campsie Medical and Dental Centre Friday 8 January 2021

Campsie Chemist Warehouse Campsie Friday 8 January 2021

Campsie Hills Campsie Hills Seafood Shop, Friday 8 January 2021

Links to latest NSW Health advice to residential aged care facilities and home care service providers

The advice for Residential Aged Care facilities and Home Care Service providers was updated on 25 January 2021.  See links to latest information below:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/racf-latest-advice.aspx

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/home-care-latest-advice.aspx

Children’s guide to going to a COVID-19 testing clinic

We know the thought of getting a COVID-19 test can be scary especially for young children. This booklet has been developed by the Western Sydney Local Health District to support families of children, aged three to five, prepare for a COVID-19 test.  

Download here: https://www.cesphn.org.au/preview/communications-1/coronavirus/3661-covid-testing-story/file

COVID-19 Safety Plan for general practice and other primary health service providers

Did you know there is a COVID-19 Safety Plan template just for general practices and other primary health service providers?  You can find a link to the document here.

Once you have submitted the Safety Plan you can register as a COVID Safe Business and access a QR code.