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Immunisation Weekly Update:

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Adult vaccinations on the NIP resources

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The following resources have been developed to support adult vaccinations on the NIP.

National Immunisation Program Adult vaccinations – Fact sheet  

Information about free vaccines for adults that are available under the National Immunisation Program.

National Immunisation Program Adult vaccinations – Brochure

This brochure provides information about free vaccines for adults that are available under the National Immunisation Program.

New shingles resources

On 1 November 2023, Shingrix® replaced Zostavax® on the National Immunisation Program schedule and is available free for individuals aged 65 years and over, First Nations people aged 50 years and over and immunocompromised people aged 18 years and over. New resources for health professionals and consumers are also available:

The Department of Health and Aged Care have released new shingles resources including a Health professionals’ kit, fact sheets and program advice:

Reminder: Shingrix restrictions

·        People who have received a free Zostavax shingles vaccine under the NIP are not eligible for a free Shingrix vaccine for at least 5 years.  

·        Those who purchased Zostavax vaccine privately can receive Shingrix free under the program if they are eligible.   

·        It is recommended to wait at least 12 months between receiving Zostavax and getting the Shingrix vaccine.

HealthPathways provides health professionals in CESPHN with access to up-to-date clinical information and resources to support assessment, management, and referral of their patients.For more information visit the Immunisation in Adults pathway:

Whooping Cough Day

With the theme “Get Up-To-Date. Vaccinate!”, Immunisation Foundation of Australia announced the creation of Australia’s inaugural Whooping Cough Day on November 8. Helping individuals safeguard against whooping cough’s threat through awareness resources.

 Education and events

Practice Nurse forum day REGISTERAbout: An in person event with opportunity to elevate your nursing knowledge, empower your practice and meet other nursing and healthcare professionals. Date: Saturday 11 November 2023
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

News highlights

In case you missed anything, catch up on the latest immunisation news:

Shingrix® orderingProviders can place orders for NIP Shingrix® vaccine via the NSW Vaccine Centre portal starting Monday, 30 Oct 2023.
Shingrix®From 1 Nov 2023, Shingrix® will replace Zostavax® on the NIP and will be funded for 65+ years, First Nations 50+ years and immunocompromised 18+ years.
Zostavax®Zostavax® funding for people aged 71 to 79 years ends 31 October 2023
Cold Chain AuditFrom Oct 2023, CCM audits will commence for general practices and pharmacies administering NIP-funded vaccines.
Cold Chain Breach (CCB)From Aug 2023, SESLHD will only accept online CCB reporting form.
Nurse ScholarshipLimited scholarships available for Authorised Nurse Immuniser course.

Latest immunisation resources

Access to the most recent information is essential, as immunisation advice is updated regularly:

NSW Immunisation Schedule Oct 2023The NSW Immunisation Schedule was updated October 2023 to include NIP funded Shingrix®. Order here.
Childhood injection sites poster June 2023Poster illustrates recommended sites for childhood vaccinations in NSW. Order here.
Shingrix® program advice Oct 2023Shingrix program factsheet for vaccination providers.
Multiple childhood vaccinations Sept 2023NCIRS poster affirming the safety of children receiving more than one vaccine at the same time.

Latest COVID-19 resources

COVID-19 vaccination advice is updated regularly, links to the most up-to-date information are listed below:

COVID-19 vaccine Cold Chain Breach (CCB) reporting form Oct 2023This form is to help vaccine providers report a potential cold chain breach under the COVID-19 vaccination program.
AIR042A COVID-19 report Oct 2023eLearning module and Simulation video for Health Professionals on accessing the AIR042A COVID-19 vaccination report feature from AIR.
COVID-19 Vaccine Reference Guide Oct 2023This guide contains information on storage, handling and administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program (CVTP) Oct 2023This document contains all 18 modules of the former CVTP and their associated resources.
COVID-19 Handbook chapter Oct 2023Chapter for COVID-19 in the Australian Immunisation Handbook 19 now live.
COVID-19 recommended doses Oct 2023Flowchart outlines ATAGI recommended doses by age and risk factors.
COVID-19 comparison poster Oct 2023Poster outlines key differences between each COVID-19 vaccine available in Australia.