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Immunisation weekly update – 13 October 2021

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Update on school vaccination during COVID-19

NSW Health is offering school vaccination again as school-based learning returns. Additional measures are in place based on expert clinical advice to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission in school clinics. More information has been developed for parents/guardians and schools

Batch numbers for COVID-19 vaccines 

It is mandatory to record a batch number when reporting COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations to the AIR. Services Australia has identified a number of AIR records where the COVID-19 vaccine batch number has been entered incorrectly or left blank. 

Astra Zeneca and Pfizer vaccines have a “lot number” instead of a batch number. Enter the lot number when there is no batch number.

Under the Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015 (AIR Act) it is mandatory for all vaccination providers to report to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) any COVID-19 vaccinations administrated on or after 20 February 2021, including:

  • personal information: Medicare number (if applicable), name, contact details, date of birth, gender
  • vaccine information: brand name, dose number and batch number, date of administration, for COVID19 vaccines – vial serial number (if known)
  • provider information: provider number, name and contact details

Providers and sites may be contacted by Services Australia to update these details. 

Third COVID-19 vaccine for severely immunocompromised individuals

On 8 October 2021, ATAGI announced recommendations for a third primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine in severely immunocompromised individuals, to be given 2-6 months after their second dose. An mRNA vaccine (Comirnaty or Spikevax) is preferred for the third dose, but Vaxzevria is also acceptable. These third doses are provided as part of the primary course, they are not boosters. 

Please proactively reach out to any of your patients with one of the identified conditions who are fully vaccinated to book them in for their third dose, 2 to 6 months after their second dose. See Eligible conditions for a third primary dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

ATAGI will provide further advice on booster doses for healthcare workers, older adults and the general population separately.

Vaccination after testing positive for COVID-19

People who have had COVID-19 can be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination can be deferred for up to 6 months as past infection reduces the chance of reinfection for at least this amount of time.

There is no requirement to delay vaccination in people with past SARS-CoV-2 infection who have recovered from their acute illness.

People might choose to be vaccinated if they are significantly immunocompromised and may be at greater risk of getting COVID-19 again; have a job that requires them to be vaccinated; or have a job that puts them at greater risk of being exposed to COVID-19. People should not be vaccinated until they have recovered from the acute illness. 

COVID-19 live stream update for GPs

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! 

Details: Thursday 14 October, 11:30am (AEDT) | Click link to join

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