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COVID-19: GP Alert (3 June 2021)

June 03, 2021

All RACF and disability workers eligible for Pfizer vaccine

Queensland Health will now provide Pfizer to ALL RACF and disability workers, regardless of thier age or eligibility requirements in an effort to have them vaccinated as quickly as possible.

RACF or disability workers can book into several Queensland Health COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination sites from this weekend Saturday, 5 June 2021.

TOOWOOMBA
There are three methods of booking a COVID vaccine at Toowoomba Bailie Henderson Hospital.

1. Register your interest to receive the COVID vaccine at a Queensland Health location, via the
Queensland Health website - www.vaccinebookings.health.qld.gov.au
You will receive an email confirming your registration. If and when you are eligible for your free
vaccine, you will receive an email inviting you to book an appointment.

2. Speak to a customer service agent relating to receiving a COVID vaccination, phone: 134 268
(there could be some wait time).

3. Present directly to Baillie Henderson Hospital COVID Vaccination Clinic
Saturday and Sunday 7:00am – 5:00pm (there may be significant wait times).

Please be advised it is important to bring your Medicare card, another form of I.D and your own pen to the appointment.

IPSWICH
There are three methods of booking a COVID vaccine at Ipswich Hospital Cribb House.
1. Send an email to WM-Vaccination.Program@health.qld.gov.au and register your interest.
Include your:

  • name,
  • date of birth,
  • mobile number (personal) and
  • email address (personal)
  • identify that you are care worker within the disability and/or aged care sector

2. People aged 40 to 49 can make an appointment for the Pfizer vaccine at Ipswich Hospital Cribb House or any Queensland Health location by visiting www.vaccinebookings.health.qld.gov.au. Once registered, they will receive an email confirming their registration and inviting them to book an appointment.

3. Those who do not want to use an online booking system can phone the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 1800 020 080 to check their eligibility and make a booking.

People aged 50 and over can make an appointment via the Vaccine Eligibility Checker to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at an approved General Practice (GP), GP–led respiratory clinic or Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Service. Please be advised it is important to bring your Medicare card, another form of I.D and your own pen to the appointment.

Asymptomatic testing in Queensland GP Respiratory Clinics

Quarantine advice has been updated due to the cases in Victoria. In response the Commonwealth has agreed all Queensland GP Respiratory Clinics conducting targeted asymptomatic testing on patients self-presenting for COVID-testing who have been directed by jurisdictional public health authorities need to get tested.
This approval is in place until Friday, 11 June 2021 and will be reviewed before this date.

NEW – Additional vaccination clinic capacity

As announced this morning, Queensland Health will expand its COVID-19 vaccination rollout this weekend following a massive spike in demand for vaccinations for people aged 40 to 49, with aged and disability care workers a specific priority.
Eighteen (18) vaccination centres will deliver Pfizer vaccinations over the weekend, including three new dedicated community facilities at Logan Entertainment Centre, Rocklea Showgrounds and Springfield Tower. Other existing facilities across most parts of the state will be open over the weekend and new community sites will open in coming weeks.

In Queensland, people in Priority Group 1a, 1b and people aged between 40 and 49 are eligible to make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at a Queensland Health vaccination location. To register, visit the website.
Appointment availability can take a few weeks, but registration remains the best way to secure a vaccination appointment at a Queensland Health vaccination location. Walk-in visits are not encouraged. Walk-in spots are very limited and may require a long wait time as priority will be given to people who have already registered their interest.

Once registered, you will be allocated an appointment in your local area when an appointment becomes available.The expanded community rollout will help pave the way for mass vaccination centres operating later in the year when more supply becomes available.
People aged 50 and over (who are not in Priority Group 1a or 1b) can make an appointment via the Vaccine Eligibility Checker to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at an approved General Practice (GP), GP–led respiratory clinic or Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Service.

Queensland Health’s Asset Library has been updated with additional content.

REMINDER - Underage COVID-19 Vaccinations

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is not registered in Australia for those under the age of 18 years. Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine is not registered for those under the age of 16 years.

Where a COVID-19 vaccine has been given to an individual who is younger than the age for which the vaccine is registered, the second dose should not be scheduled at the present time. This recommendation will be reviewed when more evidence on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines in younger age groups is available.

In the event a COVID-19 vaccine has been given to an individual who is younger than the age for which the vaccine is registered:
  • A record of the vaccination should be documented in AIR.
  • The vaccine administration error should be reported through the usual adverse event reporting mechanisms in the relevant jurisdiction, or to the TGA via the Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) form.

UPDATED – CDNA guidelines

The Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA) updated their Series of National Guidelines for COVID-19. Version 4.5 sees changes to: Inclusion of new guidance: Use of COVID-19 vaccination in outbreak situations, Revised: Special situations.

NEW - Naming SARS-CoV-2 variants

The established nomenclature systems for naming and tracking SARS-CoV-2 genetic lineages by GISAID, Nextstrain and Pango are currently and will remain in use by scientists and in scientific research.

To assist with public discussions of variants, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened a group of scientists from the WHO Virus Evolution Working Group, the WHO COVID-19 reference laboratory network, representatives from GISAID, Nextstrain, Pango and additional experts in virological, microbial nomenclature and communication from several countries and agencies to consider easy-to-pronounce and non-stigmatising labels for VOI and VOC.

At the present time, this expert group convened by WHO has recommended using labeled using letters of the Greek Alphabet, i.e., Alpha, Beta, Gamma, which will be easier and more practical to discussed by non-scientific audiences. Learn more

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