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).

Do you work in primary care? Do you have a question about the vaccination rollout?

Please note: this forum is for health professionals and other people working in primary care. Questions from members of the public should be directed to the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

This forum is monitored during business hours, Monday to Friday. All submitted questions will be answered as quickly as possible. 

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.

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    Where can I access the Pfizer vaccine in northern Tasmania?

    3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. 

    Tasmanians eligible to receive Pfizer vaccine can locate Tasmanian Government community clinics by reviewing the coronavirus.tas.gov.au website. Bookings can be made either online or via the Public Health Hotline (1800 671 738). 

    The online eligibility checker also shows clinics by suburb and postcode. Please note that eligibility criteria for Pfizer via a general practice may be different for Tasmanian community clinics and some general practices are only vaccinating their current patients. 

    This answer was provided at 11.02am on 25 August.
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    I am 58 years old. Where can I get the Pfizer vaccine in the north of Tasmania please? At the moment it is only at Launceston General Hospital. Will general practice offer this vaccine soon?

    5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The number of Pfizer sites across the country will increase as more doses arrive in Australia. These sites will include a number of general practices, Australian Government-funded respiratory clinics, and the Tasmanian Government’s community clinics. In Tasmania, the Australian Government-funded clinics are located in Launceston, St. Helens and Derwent Park (Hobart). 

    The Tasmanian Government’s coronavirus website is regularly updated with information as the vaccination program progresses. You can also call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.  

     From 5 July, a small number of general practices around the state will start offering the Pfizer vaccine. Please check your regular practice’s website, give them a call or find a local clinic using the eligibility checker. Please note that participating practices may not show in the eligibility checker until they start offering the vaccine and some general practices may choose to only vaccinate their existing patients.

    The above answer was provided at 4:16pm on 28 June.

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    How do we make an appointment to have a COVID vaccination in Smithton?

    6 months ago

    Thanks for your question. People in the Smithton community seeking a COVID-19 vaccination can check their eligibility through the Vaccines Eligibility Checker, then follow the prompts to make a booking – or go to the vaccinations section of the Tasmanian coronavirus website.

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    I am an allied health worker and understand I can now apply to be vaccinated under the Phase 1B rollout. I want to register to be vaccinated but not until May as I have just had my flu shot. How do I register?

    7 months ago

    Thank you for your question. As a healthcare worker you are in Phase 1b. 

    If you are 50 years and older you can access the AstraZeneca vaccine. The eligibility checker will show you where your nearest vaccine clinic is Vaccines Eligibility Checker (healthdirect.gov.au).

    If you are under 50 years of age you can make an appointment for the Pfizer vaccine by calling 1800 671 738.

    When booking, please let the clinic know the date you had your influenza vaccine so they can leave at least 14 days between the vaccines.

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

    8 months 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?

    8 months 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?

    8 months 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 9 months 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?

    9 months 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?

    9 months 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.

Page last updated: 27 September 2021, 13:58