Maintaining routine immunisation services during the COVID-19 pandemic
Immunisation is an essential health service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Immunisation providers must maintain routine immunisation services and ensure on-time vaccination according to the current recommended schedules. These routine services include:
infant and early childhood immunisation sessions providing the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule vaccines
adolescent vaccination for catch-up of NIP vaccines
influenza vaccination program
adult vaccination for provision of NIP vaccines
provision of additional recommended vaccines as required.
Healthcare Australia (HCA) have opened a new vaccination hub at Rosebery for the aged care and disability sector, commencing Monday 23 August. These HCA vaccination hubs located in Ashfield, Burwood, and Rosebery are open only to:
Disability clients (NDIS participants)
Disability workers and disability carers (carers of NDIS participants)
Authorised workers are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination if they live in one of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) or suburbs of concern and fall into the authorised categories: health care, aged care and disability care; construction; freight and transport; including bus drivers; meat processing; food production/processing/retail; Primary, Secondary and Early Childhood school staff.
Updates to the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker are now live and include:
Pregnant women prioritised to receive Pfizer
Updated content to prioritise Registered Aged Care Facility workers getting vaccinated
Updated eligibility to include 12-15-year-olds with underlying medical conditions and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to enable them to access Pfizer surfacing all clinics nationally administering Pfizer
Removed reference to COVID-19 vaccine intervals on different vaccine types with the updated advice from ATAGI on intervals being more flexible in outbreak areas
COVID-19 vaccines for Medicare ineligible patients
The vaccine will be available free of charge to everyone within Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status. This includes refugees, asylum seekers, temporary protection visa holders, bridging visas and those whose visas have been cancelled. Non-citizens who have overstayed their visas can also access the COVID-19 vaccines for free.
Individuals who do not have a Medicare card can access free vaccinations at Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics, State or territory vaccination clinics or Community Pharmacies.
Pharmacists can lodge a claim in the PPA Portal using special Medicare number 25437529911 if the patient does not hold a Medicare card.
On 9 August 2021 the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) granted provisional approval to Moderna Australia Pty Ltd for its COVID-19 vaccine—Spikevax. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is provisionally approved in individuals 18 years of age and older. It is recommended that the vaccine is given in two doses that are administered 28 days apart.
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