Department of Health Primary Care COV-19 Vaccine Roll-out Bulletin Library

Updated: 5 October 2021

These bulletins are intended to provide health professionals with regular updates and guidance on the COVID-19 Vaccine Program. They are provided monthly or more frequently if needed.


8 October 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • ATAGI Advice: Third COVID-19 vaccine as part of primary course for severely immunocompromised individuals

CMO letter to providers- Immunocompromised - 8 October


1 October 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Eligibility
  • Prioritisation
  • Boosters
  • Expiring AstraZeneca doses
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Administration System enhancements
  • Vaccine Clinic Finder
  • Clinical insights


7 September 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Additional Comirnaty (Pfizer) supplied for primary care
  • Pfizer expansion in general practice - remaining eligible and interested general practices fast-tracked
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Indemnity Scheme details finalised
  • Drive-thru vaccination clinics - interested practices to complete a Site Readiness and Declaration Form
  • Reminder that Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) is approved for individuals aged 18 years and over only.
  • In-reach Incentive Payment for Residential Aged and Disability workers
  • FREE Interpreting Service for medical practitioners through TIS National
  • Commonwealth vaccination clinics to receive badges and band aids to give to patients who have received their COVID-19 vaccination.


23 August 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Updates on eligibility
  • Distribution of Pfizer through general practice
  • Integrating your booking system with the Vaccine Clinic Finder
  • TGA updates, including the name change of AstraZeneca to VAXZEVRIA
  • Communication with taskforce staff
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Administration System
  • Vaccine merchandise
  • Free Interpreting Service


26 July 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • The Therapeutic Goods Administration approves the use of the Pfizer (Comrinaty) vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 years. ATAGI is considering this approval.
  • New priority service for residential aged care facilities workforce
  • Translations available through the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker
  • Change of Saline Needle
  • ATAGI Statement: Response to NSW Outbreak 24th July 2021: 11.50am AEST


22 July 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Prioritisation of individuals aged 70 and over
  • Proof of Employment of Residential Aged Care Workers
  • Pregnant Women are now eligible for vaccination
  • Expression of Interest for Vaccine Roll-out Program


13 July 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • residential aged care worker prioritisation
  • advice from ATAGI on AstraZeneca
  • current eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine

7 July 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Patient Prioritisation - practices are encouraged to continue to prioritise vulnerable populations when taking bookings, such as aged and disability care workers, those over 70, and critical/high risk workers. 
  • COVID-19 vaccines Multicultural Outreach Stakeholder pack
  • Practice Incentive Payment (PIP)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker and Clinic Finder updates

5 July 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Pfizer update
  • Vaccination for residential aged care workers
  • Consumables update - syringes used for the AstraZeneca vaccine
  • Stock management reporting
  • Online Proof COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Medical advice for under 60s and the AstraZeneca vaccine

17 June 2021 Factsheet

Covered in this factsheet, available to download in 59 languages:

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine recommended for adults aged under 60
  • New evidence that shows more risk of a rare blood-clotting condition in the 50-59 year-old age group than first thought
  • AstraZeneca vaccine will be given to people 60 years and over
  • Many millions of people around the world have had their vaccines safely.

10 June 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • National Cabinet agreed to open access to COVID-19 vaccines to new groups
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 years and over are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination
  • Correction of ‘Transfer of the AstraZeneca vaccine between general practice sites’ factsheet
  • New ATAGI advice on flu vaccine
  • Cold chain requirements
  • AIR Uploads
  • Targeted AstraZeneca EOI

10 May 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Correction on previous 1B Primary Care Bulletin
  • COVID-19 Eligibility Checker and Vaccine Clinic Finder update
  • Australian Immunisation Register
  • Reminder: All vaccine administrators must complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program prior to administering COVID-19 vaccines
  • Updates to ordering and CVAS
  • Astra Zeneca Stock update
  • In-reach COVID-19 vaccinations for aged care workers
  • Adverse Events Must Be Reported
  • Cyber Security

30 April 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • The AstraZeneca vaccine Easy Read for people with disability has been updated and is available on the Department of Health website.
  • In-reach COVID-19 vaccination services for aged care workers
  • Advice on co-administration of vaccines

23 April 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Recent recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) in response to the rare cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia (TTS) associated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
  • Recalibration of COVID-19 Vaccination Program

16 April 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Indemnity
  • Rural and remote vaccine rollout
  • Delay of consumable
  • Second doses in residential aged care facilities (RACF)

13 April 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • TGA statement on the AstraZeneca ChAdOx1-S COVID-19 vaccine for the second case of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia.
  • Providers are reminded not to communicate contact details of the VOC with patients.
  • Additional 20 million Pfizer doses

9 April 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Remember to check the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) to ensure the correct vaccine is provided to individuals as a second dose.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine consent form has been revised
  • If patients have questions about the vaccine they can contact the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline on 1800 020 080.

1 April 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • The first two weeks have been a steep learning curve for all involved in the primary care vaccine rollout
  • Order Timing
  • Stock Acceptance and Management Forms
  • Receiving the vaccine, and the associated consultation, is FREE
  • Engagement with the Vaccine Operations Centre
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Cards
  • Priority Cohorts within the Disability Sector