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This post is not the latest immunisation update and therefore may contain information or advice that is out of date. Please see our most recent update here.

Immunisation weekly update – 22 September 2021

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Immunisation Weekly Update

Catch up on previous Immunisation Weekly Updates on our Immunisation New & Alerts webpage.

Excess Pfizer vaccines

Practices with an oversupply of Pfizer vaccine stock on hand are encouraged to contact CESPHN via email at coronavirus@cesphn.com.au to help facilitate transfer to practices to who require additional supply.

Primary care COVID-19 vaccination sites may choose to transfer vaccines from one participating vaccination site to another for a range of reasons, including to support unmet demand at another site or to manage an oversupply of stock. Pfizer doses can be transferred between general practices, CVCs, ACCHS or state and territory clinics.

Temporary exemption form for people with a past SARS-CoV-2 infection

ATAGI Clinical Guidance recommends deferring COVID-19 vaccination for up to 6 months after the acute illness of confirmed infection with SARS-CoV-2. Similarly, if a person is infected with SARS-CoV-2 and has had their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the second dose may be deferred for up to 6 months. In these situations, the person should consult their healthcare professional and their individual circumstances should be considered.

If vaccination is deferred up to 6 months, this can be indicated by completing section B of the NSW Health COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Contraindication form. Patients should be instructed to keep this completed form as evidence of their temporary medical contraindication for up to 6 months to COVID-19 vaccination.

Renew delegations in PRODA for AIR access

A GP can delegate range of functions, services and information in HPOS to practice staff (practice nurse, practice manager, administration staff), including access to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Delegations expire after 12 months so GPs must renew delegations for staff to continue to access AIR.

The GP and delegates will get an expiry warning notification in your HPOS mailboxes before the delegation expires.

Visit our website for further information about PRODA and delegations to AIR.

COVID-19 vaccination in young adolescents

A range of resources have been developed to support COVID-19 vaccination in young adolescents. These resources include key COVID-19 vaccine information for adolescents and parents or carers, tips for speaking to children before and after they receive a vaccine, and information on consent for parents and guardians:

Priority Clinics

Aspen Medical have opened two new COVID-19 (Pfizer) Vaccination Clinic in Surry Hills and Eastlakes for people from priority populations. These clinics are free, no Medicare required. A limited number of walk in appointments will also be available every day.

  • Surry Hills Clinic: Flourish Australia Centre 43 Buckingham Street Surry Hills Monday to Friday (from 27/9/21) 9:00 am to 3:30pm. Click on link to make a booking.
  • Eastlakes Clinic: Alf Kay Vaccination Clinic 2 Florence Ave Eastlakes Monday to Friday (from 20/9/21) 10:00am to 2:00pm. Click on link to make a booking.

Eligibility requirements for this clinic include people who are:

  • a disability support worker/volunteer
  • a person with disability
  • aged care worker/volunteer
  • a close family member or household member of a person with disability
  • received a first dose from Aspen Medical and require second dose
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • experiencing homelessness, living in emergency accommodation, boarding houses or between temporary shelters
  • aged 65 years and over
  • do not have a Medicare card/ not eligible for Medicare
  • from migrant or refugee background
  • living in social housing, a boarding house or specialist homelessness services
  • client of a mental health or drug and alcohol service

If you require any further information, please email nswbookings@aspenmedical.com

New and updated resources

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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 23 September, 11:30am (AEDT) | Click link to join

Catch up on previous webinars 

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