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COVID-19: GP Alert (13 May 2021)

May 13, 2021

Pfizer vaccine for GPs aged under 50

FOR WEST MORETON GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
West Moreton Health invites the region’s GPs who are under 50 and do not have access to Pfizer to be vaccinated at their Pfizer hub.

Health workers eligible under Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out are also able to attend the hub to receive the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine.

Please email WM-Vaccination.Program@health.qld.gov.au to register your interest. When registering your interest, you will need to supply your name, date of birth, mobile number (personal) and email address (personal). To make this process easier, if your general practice would like to send through a bulk list of GPs, we have created a template for you to capture this information. Click here to download the template

You will need to bring to your appointment:

  • photo identification (such a driver’s licence)
  • proof that you are working as a GP in the West Moreton region, and
  • your Medicare card or number with you to your appointment.

FOR DARLING DOWNS GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
Darling Downs Health invites the region’s GPs who are under 50 and do not have access to Pfizer to be vaccinated at their Pfizer hub.

Health workers eligible under Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out are also able to attend the hub to receive the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine.

Please call 1800 953 727 to register your interest.

You will need to bring to your appointment:

  • photo identification (such a driver’s licence)
  • proof that you are working as a GP in the Darling Downs Health region, and
  • your Medicare card or number with you to your appointment.

A reminder that you will need to allow two weeks between your flu vaccine and your Pfizer vaccine.

Reminder: access to Pfizer vaccines

Current Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recommendations on COVID-19 vaccinations is as follows:

  • Comirnaty (Pfizer) is preferred over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in people under the age of 50 years. The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can still be given to adults under 50 years if Comirnaty is not readily available, if the benefit of vaccination is likely to outweigh risk, and where informed consent has been obtained.
  • In people aged 50 years and over, the benefits of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the risks associated with vaccination. This is due to the ongoing potential for COVID-19 outbreaks, the widespread susceptibility of the Australian population, and the strong relationship of severe COVID-19 and mortality with increasing age.

Pfizer should also be provided to:

  • those aged 16 years and over and under 50 years old (and eligible for vaccination under the Australian Government’s vaccination rollout phases)
  • those aged over 50 who have already had their first dose of Comirnaty
  • residential aged-care facility residents
  • disability-care residents with complex needs
  • those living in a remote or very remote community
  • quarantine, border or frontline healthcare worker, aged over 50, and not already vaccinated (if the relevant state or territory determines the worker should be fully vaccinated as soon as possible)
  • patients with a history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, splanchnic vein thrombosis or heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis.

Currently there are no other medical reasons for a patient to require access to Pfizer Comirnaty. A formal referral pathway to Queensland Health vaccination clinics is under development and will be circulated when available, however some areas such as Metro South and Metro North already have pathways in place. For more information, please liaise with your local Primary Health Network.

UPDATED - Version 3 of the ATAGI Guidelines

Version 3 of the ATAGI Guidelines have been released (11 May 2021). This is a great resource to support vaccine discussions with patients.

Asymptomatic testing at GP respiratory clinics

The Commonwealth has extended the approval for asymptomatic testing at Queensland GP respiratory clinics until Friday, 28 May 2021.

This approval is restricted to patients self-presenting for COVID-testing who have been directed by jurisdictional public health authorities to get tested. Please note, this allowance is not intended to provide generalised asymptomatic testing. This should also not displace access for people with symptoms.

Victoria community transmission

  • Anyone already in Queensland who has been to an exposure site, or anyone who will enter Queensland from Victoria prior to 1am Thursday 13 May, must call 13 4 COVID and immediately travel by private transport home or to accommodation and quarantine for 14 days since they attended the affected venue/s.
  • Anyone arriving in Queensland after 1am Thursday 13 May who has been to an exposure site during the risk period identified is required to undertake mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days. This is in accordance with the Interstate Exposure Venues Direction.
  • Anyone in Queensland who has been in Victoria or Adelaide since 6 May is asked to get tested if they develop any symptoms – however mild – and isolate until you get a negative result and symptoms resolve.
  • Anyone in Queensland who has been in Victoria or South Australia during the affected time period is asked to continue to monitor the list of interstate exposure venues for 14 days after arrival to ensure no new venues have been added.

Queenslanders are also asked to reconsider travel to Victoria.

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