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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.
GPs will be contacted via email by WAPHA to be given the opportunity to review the number of doses pre-allocated to their practice to ensure it meets refrigerator storage capacity and estimated vaccine usage.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.