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

Updated: 25 May 2022

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.

25 May 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Expanded ATAGI recommendations on winter COVID-19 booster doses
  • Maintaining cold chain requirements when transferring vaccines off site
  • Reminders: vaccine ordering
  • AttachmentATAGI advice for additional groups recommended for a winter booster dose as of 24 May 2022

13 May 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

mRNA shelf-life extension

  • Vaccine administration errors

New Pfizer 12+ Orderable quantity

Vaccine Clinic Finder

Hey EVA Update

Updated Resources

Reminders

  • Use of clinical software
  • Sites Interesting in expanding the vaccines they are administering
  • Stock on hand reports
  • COVID-19 assessment and vaccine
  • Co-administration of COVID-19 vaccination and flu vaccine
  • CVAS contact details

29 April 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

ATAGI Updates

  • Extended mRNA dose interval
  • COVID-19 vaccination post infection (all doses)

Winter Dose Funding

Practice Incentives Program (PIP) In-Reach Reporting

Reminders:

  • Novavax Expiry Date Changes
  • Thawed Vaccine Shelf Life

 

14 April 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • ATAGI Updates:
  • ATAGI Advice on use of sedation for COVID-19 vaccination
  • ATAGI Clinical guidance on COVID-19 vaccine administration errors
  • Reminders:
  • Children aged 5-11 now eligible for second dose of COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Opportunistic vaccination
  • Vaccine withdrawals
  • Vaccine Operations Centre - changes to Operating Hours over Easter/Anzac Day period

 

31 March 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Wastage reporting changes from April 2022
  • CVAS enhancements – additional orders
  • Easy Vaccine Access (EVA) – callback service
  • CBP and CVIP transition
  • Pfizer 5-11 expiry date update

 

25 March 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin

Winter Preparedness: 

  • Latest ATAGI advice on Winter Dose of COVID-19 vaccine
  • Co-administration of COVID-19 vaccination and a flu vaccine
  • Vaccine Clinic Finder update
  • Vaccine Operations Centre update

Resources:

 

18 March 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

 

10 March 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Delivery acceptance and stock management reporting
  • Excess stock on hand – order approval
  • Reminders:
  • Cold Chain packaging collection
  • Deliveries on 14 March 2022
  • VCF Connect
  • Resources:

 

2 March 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Updated ATAGI recommendations on the use of a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine
  • Vaccine deliveries in flood affected areas
  • VCF and VCFC update (FAQs)
  • AIR Moderna update
  • Reminders: excess stock on hand; consumables; sharps container stock
  • Resources: vaccine exemption handout
  • Living with COVID – PPE Bundles
  • COVID-19 MBS Item update

 

23 February 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • ATAGI recommends Moderna for individuals aged 6 years and older
  • Information for practices currently or interested in administering Moderna

 

11 February 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • ATAGI update on ‘up to date’ status
  • TGA provisionally approves AstraZeneca as a booster
  • Aged care and disability boosters
  • COVID19- digital certificate
  • Decommission of CBP and CVIP further update
  • Vaccine Clinic Finder update
  • Novavax update
  • Priority group vaccinations
  • Expiring AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines

 

3 February 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • TGA and ATAGI update on Pfizer Boosters for 16-to-17-year-olds
  • Packaging for Pfizer (5 to 11) vaccines
  • Pfizer and Moderna shelf-life extension
  • Update on the EOI for Novavax
  • Communications for ‘don’t forget to check’ poster, decommissioning of CBP and CVIP
  • Vaccine Clinic Finder Connect updates and reminders
     

24 January 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • ATAGI recommendations on Novavax
  • ATAGI advice – vaccination after testing positive for COVID-19
  • Reminders – Novavax Expression of Interest and advice there will be no deliveries on the public holiday on 26 January 2022
  • Updated links for Novavax information
     

21 January 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Novavax expression of interest announcement
  • No vaccine or consumables deliveries on Australia Day
  • AIR reports enhancement enabling practices to extract reports to assist them with monitoring a patient's vaccination status
     

14 January 2022 Primary Care Update

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Administering doses to paediatric cohorts and COVID-19 Vaccination Training
  • ATAGI resource update: Clinical guidance on the use of COVID-19 vaccines in Australia
  • Self-manage your information on the Vaccine Clinic Finder

 

14 January 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Pfizer allocations for five to 11-year-olds
  • Prioritising boosters for healthcare workers
  • Reporting Pfizer vaccinations of five to 11-year-olds in AIR

 

10 January 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Pfizer five-to-11 packaging, including use by dates
  • Pfizer and Moderna – defrosted use by date versus use by date
  • Important reminders about training, contacting the Vaccine Operations Centre and booking appointments

 

6 January 2022 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Additional top up of Pfizer (12+) doses
  • Advice on how to access additional vaccine stock
  • Resetting of the ordering period
  • Booking appointment reminders
  • Excess dosage management

 

24 December 2021 Bulletin 

Covered in this bulletin

  • Important ATAGI update on boosters
  • Moderna ordering increases

 

23 December 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin

  • Christmas period deliveries
  • Ordering
  • COVID-19 vaccine information and consent form for parents and guardians of children aged 5 to 11 years

 

13 December 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin

ATAGI Update

  • ATAGI recommends Moderna as a booster dose
  • Omicron variant and intervals for boosters

 

10 December 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Update to vaccine rollout - COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 years
  • ATAGI - Statement on children 5 to 11 years
  • AIR - New report enables you check vaccination status of all your patients
  • TGA - Moderna provisionally approved as a booster
  • Paediatric vaccine - COVID-19 vaccine implementation – ordering, funding, AIR, Vaccine Clinic Finder updated, training

 

8 December 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • TGA updates: provisional approval of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children
  • Christmas arrangements: vaccine ordering
  • Consent refusal: please see this factsheet
  • No Fault COVID-19 Claims Scheme: reduction in threshold

 

3 December 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • ATAGI advice: Omicron variant; booster dose intervals; definition of fully vaccinated
  • PIP In-reach: payments; guidelines

 

18 November 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • TGA Updates
  • Completion of primary vaccination course
  • Boosters and third doses
  • Pfizer deliveries

 

4 November 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Updated information about boosters and third primary doses
  • ATAGI advice on mixed doses
  • Update on Vaccine Administrative System
  • TGA update on recognition of vaccines
  • AIR update
  • Moderna expansion
  • Update on Vaccine Clinic Finder

 

28 October 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Update to the vaccine rollout including booster doses
  • Booster dose implementation
  • Primary care sites to be provided with any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the TGA

 

27 October 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • The TGA provisionally approves Pfizer for booster doses
  • AstraZeneca will continue to be manufactured in Australia
  • In-reach Practice Incentive Payment valid until 31 October
  • Cancellation of vaccine orders
  • Vaccine disposal

 

20 October 2021 Bulletin

Covered in this bulletin:

  • Prioritisation: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Vaccination

 

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