COVID-19 Vaccination Information for General Practices
Updated: 4 May 2021
Health professionals can access information about free and accredited training modules for people involved in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
Phase 1b Bulletin for general practices vaccinating against COVID-19
Guidance on responding to potential adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccine
Recipients of the vaccine may present with concerns about a suspected adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) or you may suspect their presenting complaint could be related to the vaccine.
NSW Health has provided the following information on responding to potential adverse reactions:
- Guidance on investigation or management support, and on reporting requirements, is available on the NSW Health COVID-19 vaccination website and through the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS) on 1800 679 477 (9am to 5pm). You can follow this link to a statement from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in response to new vaccine safety concerns (8 April 2021).
- AEFI are a notifiable condition under the NSW Public Health Act (2010). All uncommon, unexpected or serious AEFI, or any event considered by a clinician to be significant following immunisation, must be notified to the local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 or by email to MOHemail@example.com using the TGA AEFI case notification form.
- >This document has been prepared for general practices to assist them in responding to patients with questions about the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
- If your patient has had a COVID-19 vaccination and think they may be experiencing side-effects, they can check here.
- COVID-19 vaccination - second dose flyer
A flyer for patients receiving their first COVID-19 vaccine dose outlining when they are due for their second COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Phase 1a COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Phase 1a of the national vaccine rollout for priority groups began on Monday, 22 February 2021. The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is being administered.
Phase 1a priority group includes:
- Quarantine and border workers*
- Frontline health care worker sub-groups for prioritisation*
- frontline staff in facilities or services such as hospital emergency departments,COVID-19 and respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and High-dependency Units
- laboratory staff handling potentially infectious material
- ambulance and paramedics service
- GP respiratory clinics, and
- COVID-19 testing facilities.
- *All other healthcare workers are included in Phase 1b, including medical and tertiary students with placements in these healthcare settings.
- Aged care and disability care staff
- Aged care and disability care residents
*Quarantine and frontline health care workers will need to provide proof of occupation to be vaccinated under phases 1a and 1b of the rollout.
Phase 1b COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Phase 1b of the national vaccine rollout began on Monday, 22 March. The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is being administered.
More than 4,600 general practices – including almost 200 general practices in South Western Sydney – are participating in Phase 1b of the vaccine rollout.
General practices will be supported by GP respiratory clinics – at Fairfield, Campbelltown, Picton and Mittagong – and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services which will also be providing vaccines in Phase 1b.
Phase 1b priority group includes:
- Elderly adults aged 70 years and over
- Other healthcare workers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55
- Adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
- *People will need to provide proof of these conditions to demonstrate their eligibility for vaccination via My health record, a health professional referral if required or a declaration form.
- Critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
- * Workers will need to provide proof of occupation to demonstrate their eligibility.
Phase 2a COVID-19 vaccine rollout
From 17 May 2021, people 50 years and over can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at a participating general practice.
- Adults aged 60-69 years
- Adults aged 50-59 years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54
- Other critical and high risk workers
Vaccine Eligibility Checker
Your patients can visit the COVID-19 Eligibility Checker to check their eligibility and to book an appointment when they become eligible.
In addition to GP clinics, vaccinations are being administered at GP Respiratory Clinics at Fairfield, Campbelltown, Picton and Mittagong. Please remember, bookings are essential.
Phase 2b COVID-19 vaccine rollout
- Balance of adult population
- Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases
Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine rollout
- < 16 if recommended
COVID-19 vaccine resources
The Australian Department of Health website is the main source of information on COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination roll-out in Australia.
- COVID-19 vaccines
- Subscribe for COVID-19 updates
- COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy
- COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program
- Information for COVID-19 vaccination providers, including general practices, GP-led Respiratory Clinics and Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Services and community pharmacies.
- Site requirements for COVID-19 vaccination clinics
- Weekly Department of Health update on how Australia's vaccine rollout is tracking
- COVID-19 vaccine information in your language
- How COVID-19 vaccines are tested and approved
- Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines
- Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about COVID-19 vaccines
- COVID-19 vaccination decision guide for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning pregnancy
- COVID-19 vaccination decision guide for frail older people, including those in residential aged care facilities
- How in-home and community aged care workers can get a COVID-19 vaccination
The pages on the NSW Health website are intended to complement the national content, not to replace or duplicate it.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
COVID-19 vaccine images and poster downloads for your clinics
- Book your vaccination appointment
- COVIDSafe behaviours
- Vaccine - promote eligibility checker
- Post-vaccination concerns – contact
- Preparing for your vaccine
- We are a vaccination provider - General Practice banner
- We are a vaccination provider
- Vaccination clinic wayfinding signage
- Vaccination clinic poster
- Vaccination clinic poster for clinic details
- Hospital vaccination hub poster