All participating sites can now order XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccine via the CVAS COVID-19 Vaccine Administrative System. Sites should only order enough doses to meet demand, up to the maximum allocation.
Sites can share their stock with another site who has signed their relevant declarations for Pfizer or Moderna to minimise wastage. However, if there is an eligible patient who requires a vaccine, do not delay, open a vial, and vaccinate them. There are no penalties for sites should wastage occur.
Administration of the XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccines can commence once you have received your vaccines. Immunisation providers must administer XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccines in accordance with ATAGI recommendations.
Two key resources have been updated to include XBB.1.5 COVID-19 vaccines:
While all COVID-19 vaccines currently available in Australia continue to provide strong protection against serious disease, these new Omicron XBB.1.5 vaccines are now preferred for primary and further doses to better target current circulating COVID-19 variants.
Monovalent Omicron XBB.1.5 vaccines are now preferred over other COVID-19 vaccines for use in children aged 5 years or older and adults who are currently recommended primary or additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
For those who have already received all 2023 dose/s of COVID-19 vaccine recommended for their age and risk group, further doses or re-vaccination with an XBB.1.5-containing vaccine are not recommended at this time.
All people who have not yet had their recommended 2023 dose/s are encouraged to receive them as soon as possible.
Contact the Vaccine Operation Centre (VOC) on 1800 318 208 for any questions.
Feedback: AIR042A COVID-19 Vaccination Report
The AIR042A COVID-19 Vaccination Report provides the COVID-19 vaccination history of individuals who received an MBS service at an immunisation provider’s practice, along with individuals who were previously vaccinated by the provider.
Providers are encouraged to complete a 2 minute survey to provide feedback about the report, as well as the associated eLearning module and simulation, to inform the development of future AIR reports and Services Australia resources.
The survey will close on29 November 2023.
Excess COVID-19 vaccines?
Practices with an oversupply of COVID-19 vaccine stock on hand are encouraged to contact CESPHN via email at email@example.com to help facilitate transfer to practices to who require additional supply.
Include details on vaccine brand, excess quantity and defrost expiry date.
Primary care COVID-19 vaccination sites may choose to transfer vaccines from one participating vaccination site to another for a range of reasons, including to support unmet demand at another site or to manage an oversupply of stock.
Encourage your patients to get vaccinated before travelling these holidays
The end of the year is fast approaching, which means a lot of Australians are travelling overseas. While we have high levels of vaccination coverage, we can still get exposed to serious diseases while visiting other countries.
Before heading overseas these holidays, we are asking Australians to add vaccinations to their travel checklist. This means:
checking their vaccination status online through MyGov or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app
checking Smartraveller if they need any vaccines for their destination, and
booking a vaccination appointment before they leave.
By vaccinating we can protect ourselves, children and the community from serious diseases that are not common in Australia.
The National Immunisation Program also provides free vaccinations for children from birth to age 4. Making sure our children are up-to-date and getting vaccinated according to the schedule means they are protected from viruses and diseases that are present in other countries.
As health professionals, you can encourage your patients ahead of travelling to get vaccinated and recommend vaccines for their overseas destinations. You can use the Smartraveller.gov.au website to guide your advice and help your patients stay safe this holiday period.
Workshop: Overseas Encounters and Catch Ups REGISTER
This webinar will workshop two scenarios of translating overseas vaccination records and developing catch-up schedules. Catch up planning will include both paper-based method and online calculator method. Date: Thursday 30 November Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
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