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1 May 2024

Authorised Nurse Immuniser Scholarships

Scholarships are now available for the Authorised Nurse Immuniser (ANI) course!

CESPHN is inviting Registered Nurses working in general practice, who are not ANI qualified yet, to apply for the scholarship by completing the application form.

For further information about the course and eligibility criteria, please see Immunisation | Nurses webpage.

Shingrix® supply exhausted

NSW allocation of Shingrix® vaccine has been exhausted. Orders will re-open once additional vaccine supply has been received from the Australian Government (expected early mid-May).

The Australian Government is working with the vaccine supplier, GSK to bring in additional vaccine to meet the high demand being experienced across the country.

Communications regarding supply are being updated on the State Vaccine Centre ordering page.

It is recommended that providers prioritise their highest risk patients for vaccination – the risk of developing shingles increases with age and is higher in people who are immunocompromised. The recommended interval between Shingrix® doses is 2 to 6 months (and 1-2 months for immunocompromised patients), so providers should consider their current vaccine stock when booking patients.

For enquiries, contact your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.

NIPVIP expansion to RACF and disability homes

From Monday, 29 April 2024, the National Immunisation Program Vaccinations in Pharmacy NIPVIP Program will expand, allowing pharmacies to claim payment for administering NIP vaccines in residential aged care and disability homes.

See further information on off-site vaccination and the NIPVIP program, and read the Minister’s announcement on expanded funding for pharmacist administration of vaccines.

Practice nurse networking evening

Practice nurses are invited to join us for our Nurse networking evening.

A face-to-face event where you can establish connections with other nurses, build relationships, share experiences and elevate your nursing knowledge.

Hear from guest speakers covering topics related to Immunisation and Childhood Development while also enjoying drinks and canapes.

The same event will be repeated at two locations, please only register for the location and/or date that suit you best.

Immunisation education

Register for upcoming immunisation education webinars below. View past webinar recordings on our Immunisation | Education webpage.

WEBINAR LINK  2 May 2024  3:00pm – 4:00pm Winter Preparedness Webinar for GPs This webinar on 2 May is for general practitioners/primary care providers. The panel will provide key updates and answer the questions of participants on COVID-19 and influenza preventions and treatments.
WEBINAR LINK  3 May 2024  3:00pm – 4:00pm Winter Preparedness Webinar for Pharmacists This webinar on 3 May is for pharmacists. The panel will provide key updates and answer the questions of participants on COVID-19 and influenza preventions and treatments.
REGISTER  3 May 2024  12:00pm – 1:00pm 2024 flu season and respiratory illnesses The Department of Health and Aged Care is inviting health professionals to attend a webinar about the 2024 flu season and respiratory illnesses. Speaker: Prof Paul Kelly (Chair) Head of the interim Australian Centre for Disease Control (CDC)
REGISTER – Online attendance REGISTER – In person attendance  14 June 2024  8:30am – 4:30pm Free event: Immunisation Coalition | 2024 Annual Immunisation Forum The Annual Immunisation Forum is a one day event that gives healthcare professionals a greater understanding of immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases. Attend online or in person at Stamford Plaza Hotel in Brisbane. This event is ideal for GPs, practice nurses, specialists, pharmacists and other immunisation specialists.

Updated COVID-19 resources

The following resources have been updated to:

  • remove vaccine formulations that are no longer available and addition of new formulations
  • update links to access information about COVID-19 vaccines and who should be vaccinated

Recommended COVID-19 vaccine dosesDate last updated: 29 April 2024 This poster outlines the COVID-19 vaccine doses recommended for each age and population group.
ATAGI guidance on the use of multi-dose vials for COVID-19 vaccinationDate last updated: 29 April 2024 These guidelines provide advice on the correct use of multi-dose vials and are provided in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to minimise the risks of vial contamination, administration errors and vaccine wastage. 
COVID-19 vaccination – Shared decision making guide for people receiving palliative care or end-of-life careDate last updated: 29 April 2024 This decision guide is to help a person who is receiving end-of-life care, or their caregiver make an informed decision about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccination – Shared decision making guide for people with immunocompromiseDate last updated: 29 April 2024 This decision guide is to help a person who is immunocompromised make an informed decision about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccination – Shared decision making guide for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancyDate last updated: 29 April 2024 This decision guide to COVID-19 vaccination is for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy. Contains updated evidence that a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy may reduce the risk of severe disease in young infants in the first few months of life.
COVID-19 vaccination – Guidance on myocarditis and pericarditis after COVID-19 vaccinesDate last updated: 29 April 2024 This guide provides information on pericarditis and myocarditis following COVID-19 vaccines. Contains updated rates of myocarditis per million doses for each dose of COVID-19 mRNA original formulation vaccines in high-risk age groups to reflect current evidence.
ATAGI expanded guidance on temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccinesDate last updated: 29 April 2024 ATAGI has developed guidance for providers on acute major medical conditions that warrant a temporary medical exemption relevant for COVID-19 vaccines.