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WA Primary Health Alliance, WA Department of Health, the Australian Medical Association (WA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners WA have been working closely to improve supply of annual influenza vaccination stock to Western Australian general practices.
These discussions have resulted in an agreement to implement a pre-allocation model for the initial six weeks of the vaccine rollout to ensure a timely and appropriate vaccine supply for Western Australian general practice.
It is hoped this improved system, which includes a contingency for emergency supply, will ensure a more equitable distribution of initial stock for Western Australia’s health system’s needs, with the necessary flexibility and responsiveness to meet individual practices’ particular requirements. Read the full 'Joint statement 2021 influenza vaccine distribution' here.
All enquiries relating to the pre-allocation of doses should be directed to Practice Assist phone toll-free 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478) or email email@example.com
For further information on the Government-funded Influenza Immunisation Program for General Practice click here to read the Government of Western Australia, Department of Health letter regarding 'Pre-allocation to GP's ' .
For GPs in metropolitan and regional WA, important changes to distribution of the government-funded seasonal influenza vaccines in 2021 are detailed in the below frequently asked questions.
WA Health commences distribution of influenza vaccines to providers once vaccine products are received at the warehouse.
Vaccine for over 65 years will be available first, then from mid-April influenza vaccine for other cohorts will be ready for distribution.
Orders (whether pre-allocation influenza or routine) become visible in the Toll on-line ordering system when placed, and automated emails are generated when approved and ready for distribution according to your next scheduled delivery day.
If you have signed a data sharing agreement with WAPHA your practice data will be utilised to determine these numbers.
For those practices that do not share data, you will be invited to enter this information via a secure portal.
Generally, demand for stock is at its highest in the first few delivery cycles. To ensure vaccine is available across all providers for the entire season, pre-allocating vaccine supports supply to meet demand, as shipments of influenza vaccine product to WA becomes available through the same time period.
No. Each practice must manage their bookings to ensure they do not run out of stock. Collection of extra vaccinations from the warehouse will not be allowed during the first six weeks of the season unless there is an emergency such as a cold chain breach. We recommend that you do not allocate all your vaccine to clinics, and that you retain a proportion of vaccines for opportunistic vaccination.
No. You can choose to receive less than your allocated amount. For instance, if you are concerned about fridge storage space you can request that a smaller number of vaccines be delivered. Please note that vaccines will be presented in packs of 10 doses.
The Due Date to review and update the forms has passed therefore the submissions are no longer visible in the portal.
You will receive an email notification soon advising that your final allocations are available for viewing in the portal.