A new resource is now available which outlines available immunisation data sources which may assist in identifying and planning immunisation activities and strategies. Please click here to read about Immunisation coverage data sources.
94.5% of SESLHD children were considered fully vaccinated at 12 months
91.3% of SESLHD children were considered fully vaccinated at 2 years
92.6% of SESLHD children were considered fully vaccinated at 5 years
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) have released their 2020 Quarter 4 Immunisation Coverage report. Whilst the overall immunisation coverage rates for the SESLHD region are encouraging, there are still areas that have consistently low or declining coverage rates. Standouts this quarter were the Botany LGA with improved rates in their 12 month (96.8%) and 2 year (93.8%) cohorts. The highest coverage for the 5 year old cohort was reported in Kogarah and Sutherland Shire LGAs, with 95.2% children recorded as fully vaccinated.
Rates appear to be slowly on the rise in some age cohorts in the Waverley, Coogee and Randwick LGAs where CESPHN continues to work closely with practices in the area as part of our ongoing project to improve the consistently low coverage rates in this area. CESPHN distributes overdue reports from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) to these practices whilst providing extensive support assisting them to follow up overdue children, identify children who are no longer residing in Australia and amend data errors.
CESPHN is committed to improving the immunisation rates of all children across the broader CESPHN region. Making a significant impact on immunisation coverage rates can take time and we applaud the continued efforts of practices with these activities.
Update on Australia’s COVID-19 vaccines
The Australian Government Department of Health has a strategy to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to everyone living in Australia as soon as they are available.
A staged roll out of the vaccine is expected to commence in February 2021.
The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be available from early mid-February this year. Doses of this vaccine will be available through 30 to 50 hubs at specific hospital sites across urban and rural Australia.
Approval of the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is anticipated for the coming months.
Roll out of COVID-19 vaccines
Both vaccines will progressively be distributed through an expanded number of sites, including general practice clinics, existing Commonwealth GP respiratory clinics, state-run vaccination clinics and pharmacies.
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