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COVID-19: GP Alert (18 January 2021)

January 18, 2021

National COVID-19 vaccine roll out - The role of General Practice

As you are probably aware, the Federal Government recently released Australia's COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy. Around this, there has been significant media coverage regarding the national roll out, including the potential role of General Practice. We have very recently been advised that PHNs will be playing a significant role in helping to coordinate aspects of the roll out, however we are awaiting further details. Rest assured, we will keep you and your practice staff informed along the way.

What you can do now to prepare your Practice for the COVID-19 vaccine roll out

While we don’t yet have all the details on what will be required in General Practice to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine, if you are interested in being involved, here are some things you can do now to start preparing:

  • check your practice complies with the National Vaccine Storage Guidelines ‘Strive for 5’ (3rd edition) and has appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • ensure relevant staff have created a Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account and are set up to access the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
  • ensure relevant staff have completed training in:
    • CPR and anaphylaxis
    • uploading vaccination event summaries to My Health Record
    • accessing and using AIR
    • cold chain management
  • order additional PPE supplies from your usual supplier
  • identify eligible patient cohorts as per the COVID-19 Vaccine National Rollout Strategy
  • if your practice is not yet accredited or if your accreditation has lapsed, visit the Accreditation page on our website and consider making steps toward accreditation
  • ensure all relevant staff members are receiving these COVID-19 alerts. You can email additional email addresses to be added to our mailing list to communications@ddwmphn.com.au

If you would like support with any of the above, please contact your Primary Care Liaison Officer directly or email practicesupport@ddwmphn.com.au

The Queensland Government has advised that the greater Brisbane area has been classified as a COVID-19 "hotspot" and the Chief Health Officer has escalated PPE recommendations.

UDPATED - Version 4.1 of the CDNA SoNG

Version 4.1 of the CDNA SoNG was published on 12 January 2021. This version includes a new subsection: Prioritisation of whole genome sequencing for all cases. Revisions include: Case management with inclusion of subsection detailing management of cases infected with a SARS-CoC-2 variants of concern.

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