COVID-19 Vaccination Information for General Practices
Updated: 25 February 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination rollout for South Western Sydney
Phase 1a of the national vaccine rollout for priority groups began on Monday, 22 February 2021. The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be 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.
Vaccine locations in South Western Sydney
More than 240 aged care and disability facilities in over 190 locations, including Austral, Glenfield, Minto and Prestons, are part of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine Phase 1a rollout. Liverpool Hospital is a vaccination hub for frontline health workers.
The AstraZeneca vaccine will be available at GP respiratory clinics, General Practices that meet specific requirements, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services, and state-run vaccination clinics.
As the roll out continues, more locations will also be made available. When vaccines become broadly available, some workplace vaccination sites and community pharmacies that meet specific requirements will be added.
Phase 1b COVID-19 vaccine rollout
- Elderly adults aged 80 years and over
- Elderly adults aged 70-79 years
- Other health care 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
- Adults aged 60-69 years
- Adults aged 50-59 years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54
- Other critical and high risk workers
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
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).
- 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 MOHfirstname.lastname@example.org using the TGA AEFI case notification form.
Information for COVID-19 vaccination providers
Resources for vaccination clinics:
- Vaccination clinic wayfinding signage
- Vaccination clinic poster
- Vaccination clinic poster for clinic details
- Hospital vaccination hub poster
More 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
- 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
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