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COVID-19: GP Alert (28 April 2021)

April 28, 2021

National Cabinet announces changes to vaccine rollout

State-run vaccination clinics and General Practice Respiratory Clinics will offer the AstraZeneca vaccine to all people aged over 50 from May 3, and at GP clinics from May 17.

The changes to the Australian Vaccination Rollout Strategy follow concerns of VIPIT/VITT/TTS linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine in people aged under 50 years.

The Pfizer vaccine remains the preferred vaccine for people aged under 50 who are eligible for Phase 1A and 1B rollout.

Meantime, passengers travelling from high-risk areas will be required to have a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to flying to Australia. Reduced flight arrivals from India were also announced. India recorded more than 300,000 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

You can read more from the National Cabinet meeting here.

Active contact tracing alerts

Queensland has current contact tracing alerts and related public health advice for people who have been in:

  • The Perth and Peel regions of Western Australia on or since 17 April 2021
  • The Melbourne Airport, Victoria on 21 April 2021
  • New Zealand on or since 17 April 2021

COVID-19 vaccination screening questions - Decision support guide

Queensland Health have developed a COVID-19 vaccination screening questions - decision support guide.

The Pfizer and AstraZeneca Vaccine protocols contain further detailed information about specific risk factors, contraindications, vulnerable population groups including references to source material.

This guide is developed as a supporting reference guide only.

Vaccine protocols and other useful clinicians resources can be found on the COVID-19 vaccination information for healthcare workers webpage. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) provides clinical guidance and advice for COVID-19 vaccines approved in Australia. The expert technical group has provided clinical advice on a number of issues and are available online.

View the Decision support guide