AGPA wins – Telehealth to be included in SWPE, DPA Regions Expanded.

 

Following submissions and lobbying via forums such as the PCIG and Senate inquiries two  of the issues on the AGPA agenda have had positive responses from the Commonwealth Government.

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Work permissions and restrictions framework for workers in health care settings

 

On 8 October 2021 the DoH  released a framework for work permissions and restrictions framework for workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 in a healthcare setting.

This framework supports safe decision making when determining whether to place work permissions/restrictions, independent of quarantine, on a worker after a COVID-19 exposure in a health care setting in the context of an outbreak and community transmission of COVID-19.

The Framework is here

 

34 M Vaccine Doses Administered

 

Over 34 M Vaccine doses have been administered to date.

Over 50% have been administered by General Practice

 

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PCIG Notes 20 October

Department of Health – Primary Health Care COVID-19 Response Teleconference 20 October  2021 – Meeting notes from Dr Maria Boulton

The Primary Care Implementation Group (PCIG) is an online meeting that includes most primary healthcare peak bodies. It is convened weekly by the Department of Health as part of the COVID-19 response. Dr Maria Boulton attends on behalf of the AGPA. Read more

Almost 30M Doses of Vaccine have been administered

29.97 M vaccines have been administered at 7 October 2021

16.3 M   Vaccines have been  administered by Commonwealth supported Primary Health Care,   15.38 M by GP

The full progress report to 8 October is here

 

ATAGI Advice – Booster Vaccinations 8 October

ATAGI ADVICE

8 October

Third COVID-19 vaccine as part of primary course for severely immunocompromised individuals
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)  has released a statement recommending a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine as part of the primary course in individuals who are severely immunocompromised.

The ATAGI statement is here

PCIG Notes 6 October

Department of Health – Primary Health Care COVID-19 Response Teleconference 8 October  2021 – Meeting notes from Dr Maria Boulton

The Primary Care Implementation Group (PCIG) is an online meeting that includes most primary healthcare peak bodies. It is convened weekly by the Department of Health as part of the COVID-19 response. Dr Maria Boulton attends on behalf of the AGPA. Read more

AHPPC Statement on Mandatory Vaccines – 1 October 2021

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee ( AHPPC) has issued a statement on mandatory vaccination of all workers in health care settings.

Statement issued 1 October 2021:

AHPPC recommends mandatory vaccinations for all workers in health care settings as a condition of work.

Further, AHPPC recommends the first dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine by 30 October 2021 and a second dose by 15 December 2021.

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Over 24M Vaccine Doses Administered

24.4 M vaccines have been administered at 17 September 2021

13.1  Vaccines have been  administered by Commonwealth supported Primary Health Care  12.57M by GP

The full progress report to 17 September is here

COVID Update Briefs – 18 September

These are some  updates to the vaccination program that we have found over the  weeks.  If you need more information please contact the AGPA Secretariat.

Eligibility Checker and Vaccine Clinic Finder updates:  the Eligibility checker is to become a single page on the front of the Vaccine Clinic Finder.  In future this will be referred to as the ‘Vaccine Clinic Finder’. This release is planned for Sunday 19 September 2021. Included in this release:

  •  12-18 year-olds will be presented with the option of Moderna or Pfizer and shown all clinics administering whichever vaccine they choose
  •  Patients under 12  will be advised that COVID-19 vaccines are not currently approved for those under 12 years.
  •  Non Medicare eligible patients will be directed to Commonwealth, State and Territory Clinics and Pharmacies.
  • Community pharmacies in tranche 1 for Moderna will start to appear in the Vaccine Clinic Finder from Monday 20 September.

ATAGI  Update 15 September:  An update from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) following their weekly meeting on 15 September 2021  is available here.

Pfizer eligibility (14 September) :

Vaccination providers can administer Pfizer to all individuals aged 12 to 59.

Vaccination providers can also administer Pfizer to people aged 60 and over with:
• past history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST)
• past history of Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)
• past history of idiopathic splanchnic (mesenteric, portal, splenic) vein thrombosis