The AIR042A COVID-19 Status Report has been updated. The report will now identify individuals who have started but not completed their primary COVID-19 vaccination course.
See user guide on how to access the AIR042A report on the AIR site via HPOS.
NSW Health exemption form
From 25 February 2022, the NSW COVID-19 medical contraindication form will no longer be an acceptable form of evidence for exemption from the requirement for mandatory vaccination under the various public health orders. The AIR IM011 form immunisation medical exemption is now the only valid exemption form.
Boosters required for up-to-date status
ATAGI advises that all individuals aged 16 years and over are recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to maintain an “up-to-date” status. This booster dose is now recommended from 3 months after the last primary dose. This is called the ‘due date’.
Booster – updated advice
ATAGI have updated their recommendations on the use of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine. What’s changed:
Novavax can be used as a booster in people 18+ years if all other COVID-19 vaccines are unsuitable.
AstraZeneca is no longer recommended as a booster dose for people who received AstraZeneca for the first and second dose. AstraZeneca is now only recommended when mRNA vaccines are contraindicated or if patientdeclinean mRNA vaccine.
Pfizer or Moderna is preferred as booster for people 18+ years.
Only Pfizer should be used as a booster for people aged 16 – 17 years.
All primary care vaccination providers currently registered with CVAS (who are also currently on the VCF) will have already received a registration email with details on how to register to use VCF Connect. The email will have come from CV19.Products@health.gov.au. If you have not received this email, phone 1800 316 375. For more information, see VFC Connect FAQs.
The “Tree of community informed strategies to increase childhood vaccination rates” resource presents practical strategies for health services to improve childhood vaccination rates in communities that may generally support vaccination, but experience socio-economic disadvantage and access barriers to immunisation services. The ‘tree’ may also be used by communities to start a conversation about what makes it difficult or easy to get children vaccinated on time in their community, and advocate for changes.
Updated COVID-19 vaccination resources
Temporary medical exemptions
Updated ATAGI expanded guidance on COVID-19 vaccine temporary medical exemptions – changes include:
Rapid antigen tests (that where possible have been reported to the relevant State or Territory reporting system) are now considered acceptable proof of infection for the purposes of a temporary medical exemption to delay vaccination.
The time frame for temporary deferral of vaccination following SARS-CoV-2 infection has been updated from 6 months to 4 months.
The guidance supports the AIR IM011 form immunisation medical exemption.
Palliative care and/or end-of-life care
Updated COVID-19 vaccination decision guide for people receiving palliative care and/or end-of-life care – changes include:
Information on Nuvaxovid (Novavax) COVID-19 vaccination has been added
Information on COVID-19 vaccine boosters has been updated
Information on Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna) in children aged 6-11 years has been added
People with immunocompromise
Updated ATAGI provider guide to COVID-19 vaccination of people with immunocompromise – changes include:
people aged 16 years and older who have received a 3-dose primary course due to severe immunocompromise are recommended to receive a booster (i.e. 4th) dose 3 months or more after their 3rd dose
information on Nuvaxovid COVID-19 Vaccine (Novavax) has been included
people aged 6 to 11 years can now receive Spikevax (Moderna) (half the adult dose)
This guide contains information about the COVID-19 vaccines Comirnaty (Pfizer), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) and Nuvaxovid (Novavax)
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.
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