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COVID-19: GP Alert (19 February 2021)

February 19, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine - General practice EOI update

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN would like to thank general practices for the strong response to the COVID-19 vaccination EOI for phase 1b, scheduled to begin in March.

COVID-19 vaccine in RACFs

COVID-19 VACCINE FOR OLDER AUSTRALIANS
The Australian Government Department of Health has released the 'COVID-19 vaccination – Resource pack for residential aged care' for residential aged care providers, workers, residents, carers and families relating to the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out.

Information included in the resource pack includes:

Please ensure you visit the Department of Health website to access the latest version of the above resources.

You may wish to also view the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine aged care readiness toolkit.

Older Australians and the Astra-Zeneca vaccine

The TGA assessed the Astra-Zeneca vaccine as safe and effective for all people aged 18 and over. The caveat about administering the vaccine in the elderly relates to patients who are very frail, in which case an individual assessment of risk/benefit should be made – which is no different to any other immunisation or therapeutic intervention. There is not requirement for everyone older than 65 to routinely discuss the vaccine with their GP.

COVID-19 vaccine resources - General

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT HEALTH

QUEENSLAND HEALTH

  • Queensland Health have significantly updated their COVID-19 webpage with content and FAQs for consumers.
  • The Queensland Health asset library also has a number of key resources for patients and facilities, including:
    • patient fact sheet, to support informed consent
    • consent forms for adults and children
    • signs for visitors to facilities

COVID-19 vaccine product information and consumer medicine information for AstraZeneca and Pfizer

COVID-19 VACCINE: ASTRAZENECA ChAdOx1-S
The provisional approval pathway provides a formal and transparent mechanism for speeding up the registration of promising new medicines with preliminary clinical data.

The following regulatory documents are made available as part of this process:

COVID-19 VACCINE: PFIZER AUSTRALIA - COMIRNATY BNT162b2 (mRNA)

The provisional approval pathway provides a formal and transparent mechanism for speeding up the registration of promising new medicines with preliminary clinical data.

The following regulatory documents are made available as part of this process:

For more information on both of the above, you can visit the TGA website.

General practice COVID-19 Update Webinar Series with Professor Michael Kidd AM

GENREAL PRACTICE COVID-19 UPDATE WEBINAR SERIES WITH PROFESSOR MICHAEL KIDD AM

The Australian Government Department of Health General Practice COVID-19 Update Webinar Series provides GPs and health practitioners up to date with the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out.

  • Click here to view the latest webinar held today Thursday, 18 February. The consent process is discussed at approx. 23 - 25 minutes into the webinar.
  • Click here to view previous webinars.

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affecting Health Care practitioners in the Darling Downs and West Moreton Regions: