Western Queensland PHN - COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

5 November 2021


Dear Practice and Pharmacy Staff,


Please see this week’s collection of links and updates related to the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout


Booster doses to Aged Care Facilities

Following the announcement of Booster doses, the National COVID-19 Vaccine Taskforce is prioritising Residential Aged Care Facilities. WQPHN is working with Vaccine Administration Services (VAS) to travel within our region to administer booster doses in RACFs in Multi-Purpose Services, similar to the Dose 1 and 2 rollouts. WQPHN will inform general practices once schedules and dates have been confirmed.

International Students

On Friday, 22 October, the ACT Chief Minister announced that double dose vaccinated international tertiary students will be able to arrive in the ACT for the start of the 2022 academic year. And the Queensland Premier has also announced the return of international students to study in Queensland in 2022.

Primary Care Webinars

The latest Primary Care webinar was held on Thursday, 4 November. Dr Lucas de Toca (Primary Care COVID-19 Response) chaired the webinar and was joined by Dr Sonya Bennett, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government Department of Health, and Dr Tanya Robertson, a general practitioner in Canberra whose practice has been involved in administering COVID-19 vaccines.

HotDoc:  Living with COVID-19: general practice series

HotDOC have launched a 3-part panel discussion series on 'Living with COVID-19: A guide for general practice' that explores the ways your practice can navigate the new phase of living with COVID-19.
The series highlights ways to safeguard key aspects of your practice, including mitigating risk, minimising the disruption to your business and preventing staff burnout. 



COVID-19 vaccines given overseas and recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration now recorded on AIR

Additional COVID-19 vaccines given overseas since 1 October 2020 which are not currently registered in Australia but have been recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) can now be recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). These vaccines are Covishield (AstraZeneca), Coronavac (Sinovac), Covaxin (Bharat Biotech) and BBIBP-CorV (Sinopharm). A COVID-19 Digital Certificate will be available for individuals who have had two doses of these vaccines at the accepted interval. It is important that Country of Immunisation and batch number is recorded as this information is needed to produce a International COVID-19 Digital Certificate.

The overseas vaccination/s can be reported to the AIR by a recognised vaccination provider in Australia, with the patient present (to confirm/validate vaccination history and revaccinate if required). The records must be in English (original or translated). If you deem that there is insufficient or potentially fraudulent evidence, you may request additional supporting information. If you do not believe the evidence provided is sufficient, you are not required to report the vaccination to the AIR.

A list of all vaccines currently able to be reported to AIR is available on the AIR vaccine code page which is updated regularly. It is important that the latest version of clinical management software is being used to ensure there is the ability to record new vaccines as they become available.  More information about accessing the AIR site is available on the Services Australia webpage: How to set up your access to AIR.

Approval of Boosters

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has recommended that the national COVID-19 vaccine booster program commences with the Pfizer vaccine on Monday 8 November. ATAGI supports the use of a single booster dose for Australians aged 18 years and older who completed their primary COVID-19 vaccine course at least 6 months ago. This will initially include, but not be limited to, the prioritised groups in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine program from early 2021. We encourage practices to reach out to your patients who you vaccinated with their second dose at least 6 months ago, inviting them to come in for their booster shot with the Pfizer vaccine. 

PenCat recipe prioritisation for First Nations Peoples

A PenCat recipe to assist practices in identifying and prioritising First Nation peoples for COVID-19 vaccination is now available. 
We invites practices to explore innovative ways to facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccination for your First Nations patients.  

Small Stock Orders of Pfizer for Rural and Remote

A smaller stock order size of 60 doses of Pfizer vaccine can be made available to rural and remote general practice.  Please contact WQPHN if you require assistance in making this order.


Vaccination Locations in Western Queensland

The list of Vaccination locations Western Queensland is updated weekly. It includes General Practices, Pharmacies and HHS outreach clinics and is available on the WQPHN website.
Please email Kathleen to notify WQPHN of any changes to your listing.

WQPHN COVID-19 Response Contacts

Kathleen O’Hara, Program Manager, COVID-19 Response
Email:        Phone:  0456 001 789

Melissa Williams, Coordinator, COVID-19 Response
Email:       Phone: 0448 999 218   

Western Queensland Primary Health Network gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support from the Australian Government Department of Health


Although funding has been provided by the Australian Government, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views
or policies of, nor is endorsed by, the Australian Government.

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