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COVID-19: GP Alert (26 March 2021)

March 26, 2021

Urgent PPE escalation guidance - moderate risk

Queensland has recorded one new case of locally transmitted coronavirus, with a 26-year-old Brisbane man infectious in the community since last Friday.

From midday today, all aged care and disability facilities in Brisbane City Council and Moreton Bay will go into lockdown.

The following Local Government Areas (LGAs) have now been determined by the Chief Health Officer to be in the “moderate” community transmission risk category:

  • City of Brisbane
  • Moreton Bay Region

All other LGAs currently remain in the ‘low’ risk category.

All health and care setting are to escalate use of PPE including:

  • ​Hospitals
  • Queensland Ambulance Service
  • Residential Aged Care Facilities
  • Residential Disability Care Facilities
  • Prison Health Services
  • Youth detention health services
  • Community healthcare settings (including general practice, dentistry and home care settings).

Please note that this PPE guidance is additional to and does not replace the CHO directives that have been formally issued, and for which compliance is mandatory. The PPE escalation will remain in place until notification that it has been rescinded by the Chief Health Officer.

A reminder to refer to the Pandemic Response Guidance – Personal Protective Equipment in Healthcare Delivery resource.

Read the full PPE guidance letter from the Clinical Excellence Queensland, Deputy Director-General, Dr Jillann Farmer.

COVID-19 vaccination in general practice - FAQs

Queensland Health has provided some clarifications to a number of frequently asked questions:

  • Should general practices provide vaccines for people in group 1a who present to their service with this request?
    • The short answer is that each individual general practice immunizer and service can use their discretion whether they do or not. However, Queensland Health supports a pragmatic approach and administering vaccines where feasible.
  • The QH Taskforce is currently working on a state-wide approach to manage patients at high risk of anaphylaxis from vaccines, including consideration whether they should be offered the option to receive vaccines in a hospital setting. We will provide an update when it becomes available.
  • Work continues to integrate the AEFI process and template into general practice software. Queensland Health will provide an update on progress in due course.
  • Can multiple doses of the AZ vaccine be drawn up as long as they are used within a certain period of time?
    • This is already included in the formal QH procedure. ATAGI provides a clear answer for general practice here - see page 1 point 1.5. Specifically:

Where doses will be administered immediately one after another (e.g. in dedicated immunisation clinics, including within general practice), it is acceptable to withdraw multiple doses consecutively from one vial in the preparation area, with each filled syringe (with a capped administration needle) appropriately labelled and stored at the appropriate temperature and protected from light, before each dose is carried across to the administration area for use as soon as practical for each recipient. In this setting, it is acceptable to pre-draw multiple doses from one vial and use within one hour if stored at room temperature, or within six hours if stored at 2-8°C'.

COVID-19 vaccine HealthPathways now live

The COVID-19 vaccine HealthPathways are now live, which include:

  • COVID-19 vaccination information
  • COVID-19 vaccination procedure
  • Preparing for COVID-19 vaccination

ACCES YOUR HEALTHPATHWAYS PORTAL

Darling Downs HealthPathways
Username:
dduser
Password: ddpassword

West Moreton HealthPathways
Username:
wmuser
Password: wmpassword

NEW resource - Preparing your patients for COVID-19 vaccination at an alternative location

The following checklist has been developed to has a checklist to support non vaccinating practices help prepare patients for COVID-19 vaccination at an alternative location.

Download the 'Preparing your patients for COVID-19 vaccination at an alternative location' pack

FOR GENERAL PRACTICES PARTICIPATING IN PHASE 1B

For general practices participating in Phase 1b, we previously shared the COVID-19/Influenza vaccination preparedness pack which has been developed to assist general practitioners, practice nurses and practice managers to deliver a successful mass vaccination program.

These packs have been developed by Queensland PHNs.

NEW resource - COVID-19 vaccine query workflow

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN has produced a resource to assist general practices and RACFs in directing their COVID-19 vaccine queries in the right direction.

Download the workflow here

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN would like to acknowledge Brisbane North PHN for helping to develop this resource.

NEW resource - Queensland Health COVID-19 vaccination information for primary care webpage

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN has produced a resource to assist general practices and RACFs in directing their COVID-19 vaccine queries in the right direction.

Visit the webpage

COVID-19 vaccination capacity

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN continues to check in with general practices participating in Phase 1b of the vaccine roll out to keep abreast of capacity for delivering the vaccine.

At this time, a number of practices have let the PHN know that they have capacity to provide vaccinations to people eligible under Phase 1b.

These practices are:

  • Drayton Medical Centre
  • Ochre Health Medical Centre Wyalla
  • Health Matters Karalee GP Respiratory Clinic
  • Carbal Medical Services GP Respiratory Clinic

If you have patients (regular or not) who are eligible under Phase 1b, and your practice is not participating in Phase 1b or does not have capacity to provide them with the vaccine, please encourage the patient to contact one of these practices to determine availability.

The PHN will continue to monitor capacity across the region and keep you updated.

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN has produced a resource to assist general practices and RACFs in directing their COVID-19 vaccine queries in the right direction.

Visit the webpage

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