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COVID-19: GP Alert (11 February 2021)

February 11, 2021

COVID-19 testing reminder

Clinicians are reminded that symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, fatigue, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and loss of appetite.

GPs are reminded that COVID-19 testing is available at GP Respiratory Clinics, Fever Clinics and some private pathology providers. COVID-19 testing is not available through Queensland Health pathology collection centres.

Click here to see the list of available GP Respiratory Clinics and Fever Clinics

Advice for people in Queensland who have recently travelled to Victoria or NSW

Queensland is actively monitoring evolving situations in both New South Wales and Victoria (see Interstate updates below).

  • Anyone in Queensland who has been in Victoria since 5 February who attended venues at specified times and dates attended by a positive case should get tested immediately, isolate for 14 days and call 13HEALTH.
  • In addition, anyone who been at any of these venues (at other times) or who has been in Greater Melbourne since 5 February should come forward and get tested if they experience any symptoms.
  • A number of venues in Sunbury, Victoria have also been listed as exposure sites.

Anyone in Queensland who has been in New South Wales since 2 February should check the list of venues attended by the latest case and get tested if they have any symptoms.

COVID-19 vaccination training modules now live

The Australian Government has partnered with the Australian College of Nursing to develop and deliver free and accredited training, which is mandatory for providers who have been authorised to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations as part of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy.

There are six (6) core modules. Completion of all six is ‘compulsory for health professionals wanting to supply and/or administer COVID-19 vaccinations'.

In addition to the six core modules, there is an additional module for each vaccine. At this time, there is only a Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine module. A second certificate of completion is issued after a vaccine specific module is completed. In time, there will be an Astra-Zeneca vaccine module.

The first modules are targeting health professionals in hospitals who will be administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, but is being provided for:

  • general practices
  • state and Commonwealth vaccination clinics
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations
  • pharmacies

The training provides information about the COVID-19 vaccination more broadly and additional modules specific to individual vaccine candidates. It covers topics including multi-dose vials, handling and storage of vaccines, safety and surveillance monitoring and reporting for adverse events following immunisation.

Training is also available for non-clinical and administration staff who can access the non-clinical modules of the training such as handling, storage and administration.

It is planned that additional COVID-19 training modules will be added, to include specific training for the Oxford University/AstraZeneca, Novavax and future vaccines (i.e as possible new vaccines emerge). Our PHN will keep you updated as we receive more information.

Click here to find out more

Allergy society releases COVID vaccine FAQs

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) has been released a set of FAQs to answer questions regarding COVID-19 vaccination in relation to allergy, immunodeficiency and autoimmunity. These discuss in detail likely allergens contained in COVID-19 vaccines and other advice for those with immunosuppression. Click here to view the FAQs

COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant and breastfeeding women

The RANZCOG guideline about COVID-19 vaccination in pregnant and breastfeeding women remains a potential useful resource in addressing vaccine related concerns and questions.

Webinars - COVID-19 vaccination program parts 1 and 2

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance Australia is holding the first of two webinars tomorrow, in preparation for the Australian roll out of COVID-19 vaccinations. This will include details about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and information from some of Australia's leading health authorities.

Out of the starting blocks:
COVID-19 vaccination program in Australia part 1
Date: Friday 12 February 2021
Time: 11.30am-1pm AEST
Register here

Part 2 is the following week and will feature an overview and update on the Oxford Vaccine Group-Astra Zeneca vaccine along with other information.

Out of the starting blocks:
COVID-19 vaccination program in Australia part 2
Date: Friday 19 February 2021
Time: 6pm-7pm AEST
Register here