COVID-19 vaccination in primary health settings

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This online engagement hub is designed to support the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in primary health settings in Tasmania, starting with Phase 1B, by providing:

  • a forum to ask questions
  • links to useful documents (see right-hand side)
  • links to relevant Tasmanian HealthPathways (see right-hand side).

It complements Primary Health Tasmania's other existing online engagement hubs for:

You can also stay up-to-date about COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Tasmania by subscribing to our weekly newsletter for primary health professionals, Primary Health Update (click here).

This online engagement hub is designed to support the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in primary health settings in Tasmania, starting with Phase 1B, by providing:

  • a forum to ask questions
  • links to useful documents (see right-hand side)
  • links to relevant Tasmanian HealthPathways (see right-hand side).

It complements Primary Health Tasmania's other existing online engagement hubs for:

You can also stay up-to-date about COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Tasmania by subscribing to our weekly newsletter for primary health professionals, Primary Health Update (click here).

When responding to questions in this forum, Primary Health Tasmania will not identify the questioner. To help us correspond with you directly if needed, please include your best email contact in the body of your question.

Please note: this forum will be monitored during business hours, Monday to Friday. All submitted questions will be answered as quickly as possible.

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    What is the updated advice on drawing up the AstraZeneca vaccine prior to administration?

    12 days ago

    The Australian Government has indicated the advice on drawing up the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine prior to administration has been updated to reflect new information in the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine product information (PI), and now contains the following explanatory statement:

     Although there are data supporting stability of vaccine doses after withdrawal into a syringe for up to 6 hours at room temperature (as reflected in the Astra Zeneca vaccine product information [PI]), ATAGI recommends that, as much as possible, pre-drawn doses be used within an hour in order to minimise any remote potential risk of infection. 

    Please note that the overall recommendations and intent of guidance remains the same.

    The above response was provided at 2:50pm on 8 April 2021.


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    Is it ok at the end of a vaccination clinic when less than 8 doses are left and no eligible patients to give the vaccine to if, at the last minute, other people outside 1A/1B could receive their first dose of Astra Zeneca rather than discarding excess doses?

    13 days ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The Australian Government AstraZeneca excess dose policy provides information on minimising wastage.

    This can be located at: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/information-for-covid-19-vaccination-providers/covid-19-vaccine-advice-for-vaccine-providers#astrazeneca-excess-dose-policy-gps-gprcs-acchs

    The above response was provided at 3:35pm on 7 April.

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    I have a patient with a history of CVST who falls into Phase 1B due to her occupation. Is there any capacity for patients such as these to receive a Pfizer vaccine through the immunisation hubs?

    13 days ago

    Thank you for your question.

    An email was sent last night (06/04/21) from Primary Health Tasmania Provider Support citing the following documents, which may be of assistance:

    If further advice is needed – please contact the Public Health Hotline and ask for the Immunisation section (1800 671 738).

    The following response was provided at 3:15pm on 7 April.

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    What training modules do our administrative staff need to do to be involved in COVID-19 vaccine clinics?

    AF asked 29 days ago

    Thank you for your question about COVID-19 vaccination in primary health settings. Our response is: 

    Please visit the following website for information about required training to administer the COVID-19 vaccine: 

    https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccination-training-program

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    When can practices order the Astra Zeneca vaccine?

    about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question about COVID-19 vaccination in primary health settings. Our response is:

    General practices wishing to participate in Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Australia were invited to submit an expression of interest. Primary Health Tasmania sent confirmation emails on 23 February 2021 to practices who were successful in their EOI. These practices will start delivering the AstraZeneca vaccine over a four-week period beginning 22 March.

    Letters outlining the week each successful practice will commence participation in phase 1b were sent to these practices on 5 March with an onboarding information pack. A revised version of this pack was sent on 15 March with additional information and minor changes.

    Practices scheduled to commence in Week 1 (the week beginning 22 March) have now received their site code which enables them to register for the vaccine-ordering portal and submit their first order.

    Practices scheduled for subsequent weeks will receive their site code over the next fortnight, allowing them to register and place their first vaccine order to enable delivery prior to the date they are schedule to commence.

    There is currently no other way to access the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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    Are there any templates available for COVID-19 specific vaccination policies and procedures?

    about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question about COVID-19 vaccination in primary health settings. Our response is: 

    No, we suggest adapting your existing practice immunisation policies and procedures.

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    How is the national booking system going to work for small rural practices where our own patients have very limited IT resources. We will be struggling to vaccinate our own patients. If we are compelled to be part of a national booking scheme, it is very likely that those that would use this service, would be our own patients. Secondly, we have been allocated 50 vaccinations a week, for phase 1b. At that rate it would take about 30 weeks to vaccinate our 1b cohort. Is there a plan to increase the number of vaccines to be allocated during this initial phase?

    about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question about COVID-19 vaccination in primary health settings. Our response is:

    Details of the national booking system and how it will operate are on page 9 of the COVID-19 Phase 1b onboarding pack. Practices will be able to utilise their own online booking system and do not need to change their existing booking processes. Practices are not compelled to participate in phase 1b and the expectations for practices who do choose to participate should accept booking from all eligible people as outlined on page 9 of the onboarding pack. Vaccine availability is limited in the early phases of phase 1b, however this is expected to increase rapidly as local production increases.

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    Vaccinations are meant to commence on Monday 22 March for the first approved group of general practices in the rollout. This means that practices must have vaccine "in the fridge" at the latest 0900hrs on that Monday morning or, preferably, delivered to the practice on 19 March at the latest to enable clinics to proceed the following Monday. It would not be realistic to expect patients to be booked into clinics in the first few days of the week commencing 22 March, knowing that non-arrival of the vaccine would mean chaotic disruption and mass re-bookings. Do you recommend that practices book clinics starting Monday 22 March. Or, if you do not recommend this, when do you recommend that these practices arrange their first COVID vaccination clinic?

    about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question about COVID-19 vaccination in primary health settings.  Our response is:

    As you will be aware, the onboarding pack states orders must be placed 14 calendar days in advance of the requested delivery date and your first vaccine order needs to be placed by 2pm Friday 12 March (AEST) to ensure timely delivery. Given the logistics of the week 1 rollout of Phase 1b in primary care and the logistics of  having to re-book clinics, it may be worth considering booking vaccine clinics later in the week of 22 March to allow for any potential delays in vaccine deliveries.