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COVID-19 Vaccine information & resources

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COVID-19 Vaccination Program: Medicare ineligible patient funding

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Program: Medicare ineligible patient funding

The Australian COVID death rate was two-and-a-half times higher in people born overseas compared to people born in Australia, according to the latest ABS statistics.  

Engaging with migrant populations regarding vaccination is one easy way to bring down the death rate.  

Funding is available from 4 April 2022 to support the vaccination of Medicare ineligible patients to the value of the equivalent MBS item number.  
 
Immunisation providers can request a 10A report from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), to identify Medicare ineligible patients who might be due or overdue for immunisations.  

To request a 10A report, you will need to login to PRODA and access your HPOS account. For more information, refer to Services Australia for detailed steps on accessing this report. 

If you would like further support with this important data-driven quality improvement (QI) activity or for further information about this funding, contact Practice Assist and one of WAPHA’s Practice QI Coaches or a member of the vaccination team will be in touch as soon as possible.   

COVID-19 Vaccine stock redistribution process (WAPHA)

 

COVID-19 vaccine stock redistribution update

Supply and delivery of COVID-19 vaccine stock is controlled by the Australian Department of Health, in partnership with the Vaccine Operations Centre.
 
WA Primary Health Alliance supports practices with COVID-19 stock redistribution requests to minimise stock wastage, utilising existing networks of vaccinating practices, at a local level.

The Commonwealth Department of Health has implemented national procedures to streamline redistribution requests and as such we support practices to utilise this process.  

The redistribution process is as follows:
 
To Transfer Out Stock
  1. Contact the Vaccine Operations Centre to advise of your excess stock and lodge a ‘Transfer Request’. VOC will create a transfer request case and use this to redistribute your excess vaccines where possible to nearby sites.
  2. You can reach the VOC at covid19vaccineoperationscentre@health.gov.au. Please ensure you have details such as batch number, quantity, expiry date and vaccine type in your email.
It is recommended you first try to redistribute stock to a nearby site, who is authorised to vaccinate.
 
 To Obtain Stock 
  1. Submit an additional order request via CVAS ordering portal.
  2. Please note approval for extra stock will be dependent on the Commonwealth approval based on your current stock level.
  3. We encourage you not to commit these vaccines to appointments until your order has been confirmed by the Commonwealth Department of Health.
Additional orders are not for emergency use and therefore, if you require stock urgently, we encourage you to reach out to your local networks and other vaccinating sites.

COVID-19 HealthPathways

 

COVID-19 HealthPathways

For all clinical information related to COVID-19 vaccines, refer to the COVID-19 HealthPathways that provide general practitioners with information on patient assessment, management and referral pathways.

View all COVID-19 HealthPathways

To register for login details, submit the online form or email the team at healthpathways@wapha.org.au

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Information

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Information

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at participating general practices, Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics (GP Respiratory Clinics), Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHs), selected community  pharmacies and State-run vaccination clinics.

If you are aged 5 years or older, you can book a COVID-19 vaccination.
Children aged 6 months to <5 years with severe immunocompromise, disability, and those who have complex and/or multiple health conditions which increase the risk of severe COVID-19 can also book a COVID-19 vaccination.
ATAGI does not currently recommend vaccination for children aged 6 months to <5 years who are not in the above risk categories for severe COVID-19.

The ATAGI recommended doses and vaccines outlines which vaccines and doses are recommended for each age and population group.

On 22 December the WA government announced boosters would be mandatory for staff working within primary care. 

Vaccines can be booked using the Vaccine Clinic Finder or at State-run community COVID-19 vaccination clinics using VaccinateWA

COVID-19 information, advice and resources

COVID-19 vaccination training

 

COVID-19 vaccination training

Authorised COVID-19 vaccination providers must complete COVID-19 vaccination training to ensure our workforce is competent in the safe management and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. For further information, visit the following links:

Aboriginal Health and COVID-19

 

Aboriginal Health and COVID-19

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 5 and over can access a COVID-19 vaccine. The Australian Department of Health has developed campaign materials for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

COVID 19 Updates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from Australian Department of Health can be found here
 
COVID 19 Updates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from WA Department of Health can be found here
 
Other resources

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Patient information

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Practice Assist acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Elders of this country and recognises the significant importance of their cultural heritage, values and beliefs and how these contribute to the positive health and wellbeing of the whole community.

Disclaimer
While the Australian Government Department of Health has contributed to the funding of this website, the information on this website does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government and is not advice that is provided, or information that is endorsed, by the Australian Government. The Australian Government is not responsible in negligence or otherwise for any injury, loss or damage however arising from the use of or reliance on the information provided on this website.