CESPHN is seeking expressions of interest from General Practitioners and Practice Nurses who would like to be involved as members of an immunisation working group. This will involve attending two video conference meetings per year with CESPHN and the Public Health Unit, and participate in discussions around immunisation planning and review of strategies. Representatives will be paid for their attendance as per the rate in the CESPHN Representation Policy.
Closure of schools in Terms 3 and 4 has interrupted NSW Health’s routine school-based vaccination program, resulting in adolescents needing access to routine vaccinations via their GP in the interim. Adolescents may present to general practice for routine HPV, dTpa or MenACWY vaccination. Providers are encouraged to offer a free HPV, dTpa or MenACWY vaccine to eligible students upon request. See the full NSW Health statement. More general advice for parents and schools is available on the NSW Health website.
When entering directly onto the AIR site, there is no requirement for entering a dose number for adults. AIR record all adult doses as V (valid). The immunisation history statement does not list doses for adults.
For children it does require you to enter dose number. There are no boosters yet for children, but further information will be provided as advice changes.
If you are required to enter a dose number, it can be entered as ‘3’ but AIR will count them according to date given so it does not need to be changed if it automatically defaults to ‘1’ in practice software.
The mandatory training modules for COVID-19 vaccination providers have now been updated with new information on COVID-19 booster shots. Log in to the COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program to view updates.
COVID-19 vaccines given overseas since 1 October 2020 that have been recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) can now be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
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It is important that country of immunisation and batch number are recorded. A list of all vaccines currently able to be reported to AIR is available on the AIR vaccine code page which is updated regularly.
Smart Traveller also has advice for international travel and COVID-19 vaccination.
Updated drug dose thresholds: people taking ≥10mg/week of methotrexate, ≥1mg/kg/day of azathioprine or ≥0.5mg/kg/day of 6-mercaptopurine are recommended to have a 3rd primary dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
Clarification that people with functional or anatomical asplenia do not require a 3rd primary dose
A table of examples of biologic agents has been added
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) 2021 Annual Statement on Immunisation has been published in the Communicable Diseases Intelligence journal. It is the first publication in what will be a regular series.
The statement highlights the key successes, trends and challenges in the use of vaccines and control of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) in Australia in 2020. The statement also signals ATAGI’s priority actions for addressing key issues for 2021 and beyond.
Join the latest COVID-19 vaccine live stream update for GPs. The panel will provide latest key updates and answer participants’ questions live about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Get involved by submitting questions and comments!
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