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COVID-19: GP Alert (16 February 2021)

February 16, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine resources and updates from the Department of Health

The Department of Health has updated their Information for COVID-19 vaccination providers webpage with the below information.

As with all other vaccines, informed consent is required before administering each COVID-19 vaccine dose. In the majority of cases, consent can be verbal, written consent is not mandatory. Written consent may be obtained in some settings according to usual practices by vaccination providers.

Resources for vaccination providers and their patients include:


As a health professional, your reports of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) are valuable. These reports help build a detailed safety profile of the vaccine. Please visit the TGA website for information on how to make a report.

COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in RACFs

It is anticipated that the COVID-19 vaccine may be rolled out in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) as early as next week.

Administration of the COVID-19 vaccine to RACF residents and staff will be done through an in-reach Commonwealth vaccination workforce. This means an additional skilled vaccine workforce, separate to the RACF workers, will work in partnership with facilities to consent the residents and administer the vaccine to residents in their facility.

For GPs working in RACFs, the below resources will assist with enquiries from your patients, their families and carers, or RACF staff:

You can also find a significant amount of information for COVID-19 vaccination providers here and associated fact sheets and guides at this link.

The Department of Health has updated their Information for COVID-19 vaccination providers webpage with the below information.

REMINDER - 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.

Click here to find out more

TGA approves AstraZeneca vaccine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine for the immunisation of individuals 18 years and older.

Victorian hotspot dates changed

Yesterday the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services confirmed another case had been added to the Holiday Inn cluster. This case’s infectious period is from 7 February. Therefore, anyone planning to enter Queensland who has been in any of the 36 Victorian Local Government Areas on or since 7 February or in the last 14 days (whichever is shorter) must:

  • complete a border pass
  • enter Queensland by air
  • quarantine in government-arranged quarantine for 14 days.

If you arrived in Queensland before 1am AEST 13 February and have been in Greater Melbourne in the last 14 days, even if you have not been to one of the listed venues (which has been updated), you should get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.

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