We are in week three of the COVID-19 Phase 1b rollout with an additional 90 practices commencing Astra-Zeneca vaccinations this week in the region.
All practices taking part in the Phase 1b rollout are reminded to submit vaccine orders a fortnight in advance. The ordering period closes on Friday evening. Please ensure that your order has gone through on the portal and if you experience any issues contact the Vaccine Operations Centre on 1800 318 208.
Updated ATAGI advice on AZ vaccine and blood clotting
ATAGI advice has been updated in light of a specific clotting condition being reported after COVID-19 vaccination. There may be a link between the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca and rare cases of thrombosis associated with thrombocytopenia. See below for the most up to date links:
The Vaccine Eligibility Checker is designed to provide an easy way to determine eligibility. There have been over 3.1 million sessions on the tool.
Recent updates include:
Register your interest – people not yet eligible to be vaccinated can enter contact information and be notified when they are eligible (based on the information they have provided)
10 languages – the Eligibility Checker and Register your interest features are provided in Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Turkish, Vietnamese as well as English. The languages have been chosen as they are the most widely spoken or have the lowest English proficiency languages according to the 2016 Australian Census data.
State-based variations are included where required
Pop-up information provides detail to help users determine their eligibility
User-friendly interface, currently undergoing vision-impaired accessibility enhancement
Seamless booking of an appointment at a vaccination clinic nearby or option to choose by first-available appointment.
COVID-19 update webinar
The RACGP will be running a NSW COVID-19 webinar on Monday 12 April at 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm AEDT. There will be updates from:
RACGP NSW&ACT’s A/Prof Charlotte Hespe and A/Prof Penny Burns
NSW Health’s Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer and Deputy Secretary
A recording of the recent webinar from 15 March can be found at this link.
Future phases of vaccine rollout
We expect opportunities to open up for more general practices and pharmacies to participate in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are considering undertaking COVID-19 vaccinations in the next phase of the national COVID-19 rollout and would like to understand what might be required, please contact the Practice Support and Development Team on 1300 986 991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some suggestions for helping your practice/pharmacy to get ready for undertaking COVID vaccinations:
If you have been to the Brisbane or Moreton Bay areas since 11 March, visit the Queensland Health website for information. If you arrive in NSW on or after midnight on 27 March, you must complete a self-declaration form. If you have been to an area of high concern, you may enter NSW only if you are a NSW resident and you must immediately get tested and self-isolate.
If you have been to the below locations during the time and date indicated, you are a close contact and must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days.
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