As we enter the cold and flu season, encourage patients to get vaccinated against the flu. Last year saw a significantly reduced flu season, and behaviours like increased hand washing and physical distancing helped to stop the spread of influenza viruses in the community.
Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months and is free for:
people aged 65 years and over
pregnant women (at any stage during pregnancy)
all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
people aged 6 months and over with certain medical conditions that increase their chance of severe influenza and its complications.
An interval of 14 days between the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine is required, regardless of which vaccine is administered first.
All influenza vaccinations administered must be reported to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
In-reach COVID-19 vaccinations for aged care workers
The Department encourages primary care providers to administer in-reach vaccination services to residential aged care staff if requested by a facility or the relevant Primary Health Network (PHN).
This will support timely access to COVID-19 vaccinations for the residential aged care workforce.
These clinics can be timed to align with health care attendances for aged care residents where eligible practitioners can claim a flag fall to assist in the cost of travelling to a residential aged care facility.
There is an AstraZeneca vaccine batch (PW40043, PW40038 and PV46672) due to expire on 30 June 2021. Check the batch expiry dates on your vaccines and rotate the stock appropriately to minimise the risk of expired vaccine doses.
General practices not participating in the COVID-19 vaccination program
General practices not in the vaccination program are encouraged to direct patients to the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker. Using this tool, patients will be able to find out when they’ll be eligible for vaccination.
If they are eligible, they can find a clinic near them to book an appointment.
If they are not eligible, they can register their interest to be notified, either by email or SMS, when COVID-19 vaccination is available to them.
COVID-19 vaccine updates 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.
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