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COVID-19: GP Alert (23 January 2021)

January 23, 2021

REMINDER - COVID-19 vaccination EOI for general practice opens today

Dear Australian General Practices,

The Australian Government Department of Health invites you to express your interest in participating in Phase 1b of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out.

This documentation provides guidance on the roll-out to assist you to make your decision. This Expression of Interest (EOI) is intended to identify individual general practices capable of participating in Phase 1b of the roll-out to commence from March 2021.

All responses to the EOI should be submitted via an online EOI response form. A separate EOI must be submitted for each general practice location.

This response form will OPEN at 9am AEDT, Saturday 23 January 2021, and will CLOSE at 11:59pm AWST Monday 1 February 2021.

The form can only be completed in one sitting (i.e. it cannot be saved and completed at a later date). The supporting documents include a copy of the EOI questions for you to plan your responses.

Only accredited general practices are currently eligible to submit an EOI response. General practices who do not participate in this phase may still be involved in later phases of the vaccine roll-out. All general practices who meet requirements will have the opportunity to participate in the vaccine roll-out as more vaccines become available.

Commonwealth funded GP-led Respiratory Clinics and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services do not need to apply through this EOI and will be approached to participate through separate processes.

If you have any issues in submitting your EOI, please contact me directly on 0429 691 622 or Brian Kurth on 0403 765 403.

Potential applicants can seek clarification on this EOI by sending an email to primarycareCOVIDvaccine@health.gov.au. Questions and responses will be shared with all potential applicants if relevant/appropriate.

Further information on the roll-out will be provided as soon as it is available.

COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out Roadmap and other resources

REMINDER - PPE risk rating reduced to 'low risk' from Friday, 22 January

As of 1:00am Friday, 22 January, the PPE use in health facilities, RACFs and other health settings in the five Greater Brisbane LGAs (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region, Redland City) returned to 'low risk' as outlined in the PPE escalation in healthcare facilities document.

Restrictions eased in Greater Brisbane from Friday, 22 January

  • From 1am today, (Friday, 22 January 2021 at 01:00), restrictions in Greater Brisbane have eased
  • The relaxing of restrictions follows 14 days of no community transmission
  • Eased restrictions mean residents no longer need to wear masks, except at airports and when travelling on planes.
  • Residents are encouraged to continue to carry masks and wear them where they are unable to physical distance, such as in a taxi or on public transport.
  • In other changes, outlined in the updated roadmap:
    • 50 people are allowed to gather in homes and 100 people in public spaces across Queensland
    • Up to 200 people can attend weddings and all guests can dance
    • Up to 200 people can attend funerals
    • One person per 2sq metres are allowed at indoor premises, such as restaurants and cafes.
    • All hospitality industry businesses must comply with the electronic contact information collection requirements.

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