COVID-19 vaccine information for GPs


Information on this page was last updated on Tuesday 25 January 2022, 4.00 pm AEDT.

Recent updates include:

For the latest updates on COVID-19 visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for GPs webpage
You can find all RACGP developed COVID-19 resources in a central location on the RACGP website.

Updated ATAGI advice for vaccination after testing positive to COVID-19 - 25 January 2022

ATAGI has updated advice on vaccination after testing positive to COVID-19. Advice includes that: 

  • people who have had COVID-19 can be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine once they recover from the acute illness
  • prior infection is not a contraindication to vaccination
  • there is no requirement to delay vaccination, however vaccination can be deferred for up to 4 months
  • if a patient tests positive for COVID-19 between their first and second doses, or between their second and booster dose, the patient should delay next dose until they have recovered from the acute illness
  • people with prolonged symptoms from COVID-19 beyond 4 months can be vaccinated.
ATAGI's Expanded Guidance on temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines has been updated to reflect that those with PCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection can temporarily defer vaccination up until 4 months after infection. The time frame for temporary exemptions was previously 6 months and has been shortened due to the increased risk of re-infection with the Omicrom variant.

See "How are vaccine exemptions managed?" for further information. 

 



Novovax COVID-19 vaccine to be rolled out from 21 February 2022

Following recent provisional approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use of the Novovax COVID-19 vaccine (NUVAXOVID), ATAGI has released a statement on the use of Novovax, including recommendations that:

  • it can be used for the primary course of COVID-19 vaccination in people aged 18 or older (including a third dose for people with severe immunocompromise)
  • the schedule for administration is two doses a minimum of three weeks apart
  • it can be administered to pregnant and breastfeeding people
  • it can be administered after COVID-19 infection.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program modules are currently being updated, along with ATAGI’s clinical guidance for COVID-19 vaccine providers.

See 'What does my practice need to know" for information on the expression of interest process to administer Novovax in your practice.




Novavax COVID-19 vaccine provisionally approved by the TGA - 20 January 2022

The TGA granted provisional approval for use of the Novovax COVID-19 vaccine (NUVAXOVID) for primary course vaccination in people aged 18 years and over. 



Booster eligibility reduced to three months in the ACT, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria - 19 January 2022

On Wednesday 19 January, the ACT, New South Wales, South Australian and Victorian governments announced they are fast tracking access to booster doses, meaning that people who finished their primary course of vaccination can now receive their booster after three months through all state-run facilities. This comes earlier than the federal shift to a three-month interval on 31 January 2021.

The change is now effective in the ACT, South Australia and Victoria and will be effective from Friday 21 January 2021 in New South Wales.

It has been confirmed that general practices who have stock and capacity can provide boosters at three months.

UPDATE: Queensland also announced the move to a three month interval on Friday 21 January.

 

Immunocompromised children now recommended to receive a third primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine - 17 January 2021

ATAGI has updated its recommendations on the use of a 3rd primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine in individuals who are severely immunocompromised, now recommending severely immunocompromised children aged 5–11 years receive a third primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 2 to 4 months after their second dose. Previously a third primary dose was only recommended for severely immunocompromised people aged 12 years and older. Severely immunocompromised people aged 18 years or older are also recommended to receive a fourth booster dose at least 4 months after their third dose.
 
Read the updated recommendations
 

 



 

The Department of Health (DoH) has released resources and information for health professionals on COVID-19 vaccinations:

 

Key resources include:

 

Resources for specific patient groups:

Patients who are immunocompromised: Patients who are pregnant and breastfeeding: Patients in aged, residential or palliative care: Patients who are teens and their parents/guardians:  

Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) resources:

Australian Immunisation Register reporting for children aged 5–11 years

Reporting a Pfizer vaccination for children aged 5–11 years in the Australian Immunisation Register is the same as for all other age cohorts.

When completing the report, use the vaccine code COMIRN.

Make sure to use the latest version of your clinical software to make sure it meets reporting requirements.

 

ATAGI Statements:

All ATAGI statements


Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC)​ statements:

 

Thrombosis and Haemostasis Society of Australia and New Zealand (THANZ):

 

Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre:


Also see the 'Where can i find the latest patient resources?' section of this website for resources written for consumers, including decision support guides. 

Expressions of interest to administer the Novovax COVID-19 vaccine

Primary Health Networks are reaching out to practices to gauge interest in administering Novovax. Expressions of interest close at 5.00 pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 26 January 2022. If your practice is interested in administering the Novavax vaccine and you haven’t heard from your PHN, contact your PHN directly.

Approved practices will be able to place orders of up to 200 doses per fortnight from early February, and the vaccine will be available in the community from 21 February 2022.

 

Australian Immunisation Register patient reports for practices

Practices can now extract updated reports from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), giving greater visibility of patients' vaccination status, and therefore improving the follow-up process.

You can now download a report by practice (rather than by practitioner) showing patients who have yet to receive any doses of COVID-19 vaccines or who are now eligible, due or overdue for a booster dose.

The next tranche of reporting changes will provide visibility to patients who have only received one dose.


Priority populations for vaccination/boosters

The DoH has asked that, when possible, vaccine providers give aged care and disability support workers priority access to vaccine booster doses. This request comes as some states and territories mandate booster doses for this workforce to protect them and the people they care for. Other priority populations for primary vaccination and booster doses include:

  • people with disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • pregnant people
  • people with underlying medical conditions.



RACGP education kit: COVID Vaccine Booking Program

The RACGP Practice Essentials education kit: COVID Vaccine Booking Program will guide you and your practice team members on using the Vaccine Clinic Finder Connect. The kit also includes an on-demand webinar.

Integrating your practice’s online vaccine appointments and practice details with the Vaccine Clinic Finder (VCF) in real time ensures patients can connect with your practice to get their COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses. The VCF is a national online system for patients to find and book vaccination appointments. VCF Connect is a secure, authenticated online portal that allows practice owners and managers to update your practice’s COVID-19 vaccination services information online.

The RACGP education kit covers:

  • understanding the VCF and its role in improving access to COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses
  • knowing the VCF patient journey
  • integrating online booking systems
  • ​keeping your VCF information updated with VCF Connect

 

Ongoing expression of interest in participating in the vaccine rollout in general practice

A standing expression of interest is open for new general practices interested in joining the COVID-19 vaccination program. To be eligible to join the program, your practice must either be:

  • an accredited practice and hold a current and valid accreditation through the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme

OR

  • a non-accredited practice administering vaccines under the National Immunisation Program.

If you want to join the program at any stage, contact your local Primary Health Network.

 

COVID-19 vaccination training program

As part of the rollout, authorised vaccine providers will need to complete mandatory COVID-19 vaccination training. Participants are notified by email when updates are made and are expected to log on and review the changes. 

If you are experiencing technical issues with the training modules, please use the chat function (Available Monday - Friday, 8.00 am - 6.00 pm (AEST)) or contact COVID19VaccinationTraining@Health.gov.au

 

 

The RACGP has prepared an overview of the MBS items available to assess patients for their suitability to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Visit RACGP's MBS webpage for full item descriptors and rebates. 
 

Additional funding announced for administration of third and booster doses 

Following National Cabinet on Wednesday 22 December 2021, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that general practices will receive an additional $10 per COVID-19 booster dose administered.  

As per MBS online:

  • Commencing 23 December 2021, a new temporary Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item has been made available to support medical practitioners providing vaccine suitability assessment services to patients who require booster vaccinations.
  • MBS item 93666 provides an incentive payment of $10 per eligible vaccine suitability assessment service to patients receiving a COVID-19 third dose or booster vaccination.
  • The incentive will be paid in conjunction with COVID-19 vaccine suitability assessment services provided to patients receiving a third dose or booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The item will not be paid for patients receiving a second dose service.
  • The MBS item is available until 30 June 2022.

Read the MBS Factsheet: COVID-19 Booster Incentive Payment
 

Remote supervision vaccine MBS items

On 1 January 2022, two new MBS items will be introduced to allow qualified health professionals (eg nurses) to provide vaccine-suitability assessments outside a medical practice without onsite supervision by a medical practitioner.

Item 93660 is for MMM1 areas and item 93661 is for MMM2–7 areas. These new items target the provision of COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable people who may have difficulty travelling to a medical practice. Like all MBS COVID-19 vaccine items, these items must be bulk billed.

The medical practitioner retains responsibility for the health, safety and clinical outcomes of the patient. They must be satisfied that the relevant health professional is appropriately qualified and trained to provide the service.



Billing COVID-19 vaccine appointments

MBS COVID-19 vaccination services cannot be made contingent on any other service or fee. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • patient registration fees for patients new to a practice
  • bookkeeping or registration fees for the appointment
  • general health checks (these should be incorporated into the bulk billed patient eligibility assessment or bulk billed in-depth patient assessment)
  • any other service which the practice or practitioner requires before any COVID-19 MBS item.

In almost all cases, co-claiming will only be permitted where another GP or other medical practitioner (OMP) service is provided that is unrelated to the vaccine assessment item. However, where a patient suffers a significant adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine, the GP or OMP is permitted to provide another MBS-rebateable service in order to provide appropriate treatment.

A significant adverse reaction includes, but is not limited to, systemic reactions such as syncopal episodes and severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis. It may also include a strong, adverse mental/emotional reaction to the vaccination. Severe adverse reactions are expected to be rare.

Services provided to a patient suffering a significant adverse reaction should be bulk billed.

For more information on billing requirements for vaccine appointments, visit MBS Online.

 

Practice Incentives Program (PIP) – COVID-19 vaccine general practice incentive

An accredited general practice that has completed two vaccine suitability assessment services for the same patient is eligible for a $10 payment (payable only once per patient) under the Practice Incentives Program (PIP).

The Australian Government has released guidelines for the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) – COVID-19 Vaccine General Practice Incentive.


 

Educational resources for providers administering COVID-19 vaccines on MBS billing

Services Australia has published tailored infographics to support providers billing MBS COVID-19 vaccine suitability assessment items. 

The infographics clarify billing requirements for: 


A list of vaccine suitability assessment items for use by GPs and other medical practitioners can be viewed here


For more information on changes for health professionals during the COVID-19 response, visit the Coronavirus information for health professionals page. 


The Health Professional Education Resources Gateway has a designated page for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. It contains a range of educational resources to support you with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Follow these steps to access the resources: 

  1. In your browser search medicareaust.com/index 

  1. Select play to continue 

  1. Select the Health Professional Education Resources Gateway link 

  1. Select the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout menu tab on the left 


If you would like to provide feedback on any of these resources, you can email Medicare.Education@servicesaustralia.gov.au 


Patients can access information on COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccine roll-out via the Department of Health (DoH) COVID-19 vaccine website. This is website is updated regularly as new information becomes available.
 

Information about COVID-19 vaccinations:

 

About the AstraZeneca vaccine:

 

About the Pfizer vaccine:

 

About the Moderna vaccine:

 

Information for specific patient groups:

Easy read fact sheets are also available. 


New patient resource: How can I get proof of my COVID-19 vaccinations?

Most Australian residents will be able to get proof of vaccination against COVID-19 themselves, without assistance from their GP or practice staff. However, time-poor practices have recently seen an influx of patients requesting their assistance.

In response, the RACGP has developed ‘How can I get proof of my COVID-19 vaccinations?’, a printable patient information sheet explaining how proof of vaccination can be acquired, depending on the patient’s situation.

The information sheet contains guidance for those who:

  • have a Medicare online account
  • have a Medicare card number, but not a Medicare online account
  • are not eligible for Medicare
  • do not have access to the internet or a smartphone
  • are seeking proof of vaccination on behalf of their child.

Access the information sheet 

 



Supporting COVID-19 vaccination uptake in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12 and over eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and are an identified priority population.  

To ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families are safe when lockdowns ends, increasing vaccination rates in these communities is critical. 

You can help increase vaccination rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by: 

  • ensuring your practice provides an opportunity for patients to identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and have their response recorded in your clinical information systems 

  • running a search of your practice records for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and checking their vaccination status via the Australian Immunisation Register or My Health Record 

  • contacting all eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and offering priority vaccination to ensure they are safe when lockdown ends 

  • If they say yes, book them in (if your practice is vaccinating) or let them know local vaccination centres and how to book 

  • If they say no, invite them in to discuss the vaccine. 

  • offering vaccination when patients attend for other reasons. 


The DoH has developed new materials to support you in communicating COVID-19 vaccine information with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, including: 

  • talking points to assist you in having conversations about COVID-19 vaccines  
  • guidance on TGA advertising restrictions, explaining how you can inform your patients about what vaccines are available in your clinic via social mediaposters and your practice website 
  • video animation explaining what to expect on the day of vaccination, possible side effects and the need for two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine 
  • videos with Indigenous community leaders and testimonials by real people 

You can find these and other resources on the DoH website.  

 

You can support the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients by:  

  • ensuring your practice is welcoming and inclusive (see Step 1: Providing effective, culturally safe healthcare on the NACCHO/RACGP Resource Hub for advice) 
  • encouraging all practice staff to do cultural awareness training (offered free of charge to RACGP members and for a nominal fee for other practice staff via gplearning).     

 

Other resources include:

Vaccine information for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities 

The Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine website has information available in 63 languages. To access information in a language other than English, select ‘Information in your language’ within the blue header.

The DoH has updated a stakeholder pack to support you in communicate and share COVID-19 vaccine information with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, including in-language: 

  • videos 
  • audio
  • posters
  • easy-to-read factsheets
  • social media resources

New in-language COVID-19 vaccine information kits have been developed and include resources with key information on COVID-19 vaccines, including:

  • updates to the vaccine rollout
  • booster doses and third doses for immunocompromised people
  • information on pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccines
  • videos featuring community members explaining the importance of getting vaccinated
  • videos featuring doctors answering questions about COVID-19 vaccines.
These kits are available in Arabic, Assyrian, ChaldeanSimplified Chinese and Dinka (NEW).
 

National Coronavirus Helpline: In-language assistance

Culturally and linguistically diverse patients can now access in-language information on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccination and book a vaccination appointment through the National Coronavirus Helpline.

The service is supported by Translating and Interpreting Services (TIS) National, whose interpreters speak 150 languages. In-language resources can be sent to callers after the call.

To access this service, people can call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 and select option 5 for interpreter services. 


Booking onsite interpreters

You can book onsite interpreters on weekends for COVID-19 vaccination purposes by emailing tis.freeinterpreting@homeaffairs.gov.au.

 

Vaccine access for Medicare-ineligible patients

If patients are not eligible for Medicare, providers can still supply COVID vaccines to these patients, but cannot bill for this service (Medicare or otherwise). 

Medicare ineligible people can receive the vaccine from any Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic or a state/territory vaccination hub.

 

Recording vaccination details in the Australian Immunisation Register for Medicare-ineligible patients

The Victorian Refugee Health Network, together with EACH, has developed a step-by-step guide to help you manually upload vaccine details to the Australian Immunisation Register for patients who are not eligible for Medicare.

Doing this will enable Medicare-ineligible people to access their proof-of-vaccination certificate.


The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is responsible for monitoring the safety of all vaccines approved for use in Australia. 

You can find weekly COVID-19 vaccine safety reports, information on Australia's vaccine monitoring system and information on reporting suspected vaccine side effects, on the TGA website.

 

 

Public Health Orders are in place in states and territories mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for healthcare workers, some of which include and some of which exclude GPs.

The Commonwealth government has mandated that all workers, contractors and volunteers in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) be vaccinated against COVID-19. These requirements are implemented by state and territory Public Health Orders.

Below is a list of Public Health Orders in each state and territory relating to healthcare workers which may affect GPs. Please click on the specific order to view specific requirements.

If team members are affected by these orders and refuse to be vaccinated, they are not legally allowed to work at the premise and may be terminated. Each public health order outlines the process for exemptions. 

Other public health orders exist that may impact GPs working in specific areas such as hotel-quarantine etc.
 

State / Territory Public Health Order Includes general practice staff? Have booster doses been mandated?
Australian Capital Territory Public Health (Health Care and Support Workers COVID-19 Vaccination) Emergency Direction 2021

Public Health (Aged Care Workers COVID-19 Vaccination) Emergency Direction 2021
No, unless working in:
  • a hospital, including a day hospital
  • a hospice, OR
  • a health care facility operated by Canberra Health Services 
OR
  • providing services in a residential aged care facility.
No
Northern Territory COVID-19 Directions (No. 55) 2021 Yes No
New South Wales Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order (No3) 2021 Yes

Yes

Queensland

Workers in a healthcare setting (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction

 

Yes No
South Australia Emergency Management (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination No2) (COVID-19) Direction 2021
 
Yes Yes
Tasmania Mandatory Vaccination of Certain Workers - No. 5 Yes  No
Victoria

COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions (No 4)

Yes  Yes
Western Australia Directions have been announced to align requirements for GPs, practice staff and other healthcare workers with tier 2 requirements of the HEALTH WORKER (RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS) DIRECTIONS (No 3)
 
Yes Yes

Vaccinations for general practice

The RACGP considers that vaccination of healthcare workers supports the medical profession’s duty of care and builds vaccine confidence in the community. While not mandatory in all jurisdictions at this stage, the RACGP strongly encourages all GPs and members of the practice team to be vaccinated against COVID-19, for their own protection and the protection of their patients.  

If you, or your practice wishes to implement vaccination requirements for team members and you are in a jurisdiction where it is not mandatory by public health order, you must do so with great consideration and within the workplace laws outlined by your state or territory. Due consideration must be taken as to the risk an unvaccinated staff member is to the practice, what their role involves, their contact with other team members and patients and their access to and willingness to wear appropriate PPE.

The RACGP’s Standards for General Practices (5th edition) provide guidance on staff vaccination, but do not delve into legal requirements. Practices should seek individual legal advice from their MDO.

Avant and Safe Work Australia provide useful information regarding situations where staff refuse vaccination, however, both of these webpages reiterate that these situations are often intricate, and that legal advice is always recommended.

The RACGP recommends regularly updating practice staff immunisation policies to ensure any new recruits are aware of vaccination obligations and expectations during the recruitment process.

  

At this time, COVID-19 vaccination is only mandatory for certain designated workers in some jurisdictions. Unvaccinated persons without a valid medical exemption may also have their access restricted to certain settings ie hospitality, large public gatherings. Each public health order outlines who may be exempt from the order and what documentation is required as evidence.

Under most public health orders mandating vaccination, exemption is strictly limited to people with a medical contraindication (see the ATAGI clinical guidance) to all available COVID-19 vaccines. Temporary exemptions may be warranted:

  • inflammatory cardiac illness within the past 3 months for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines
  • due to an acute major medical condition (eg undergoing major surgery or hospital admission for a serious illness)
  • until complete recovery from PCR confirmed COVID-19 illness (vaccination can be deferred up to four months following illness) - reduced from 6 months on 24 January 2022
  • due to a serious adverse event attributed to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and without another cause identified
  • if the vaccine recipient is a risk to themselves or others during the vaccination process.

GPs are authorised to record a patient’s permanent or temporary vaccination exemption to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) using the Immunisation medical exemption form (IM011). The ATAGI expanded guidance on temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines supports decision making and documentation for vaccine exemptions.

ATAGI continues to advise that previous infection is not a contraindication to vaccination​.

NB: With the transition to Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) being accepted as confirmation of being COVID-19 positive, we have requested explicit advice for vaccine providers on what evidence is required when a patient requests a vaccine exemption on the grounds of a positive RAT test, noting the current advice refers to 'PCR confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection. 


Discussion guide for medical exemptions

The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre website now features a new discussion guide to support GPs when approached for a vaccine exemption. The guide has suggestions for managing potentially difficult conversations and de-escalating conflict, including useful scripts to guide your conversations. It also references the RACGP’s resource on preventing and managing patient aggression and violence.


Vaccination exemption documentation requirements 

In addition to registering a medical exemption to AIR using the Immunisation medical exemption form, each state and territory has different requirements for documenting vaccine exemptions for the purposes of adhering to public health orders (PHO).
 

State / Territory Documentation required for the purposes of the PHO
Australian Capital Territory Completion of the ACT COVID-19 vaccine medical contraindication or temporary exemption form*
Information and form available here
*This form does not replace the AIR immunisation medical exemption form
Northern Territory Medical certificate stating the individual is contraindicated to all available COVID-19 vaccines and as per ATAGI guidelines. 
OR
Completion of the AIR immunisation medical exemption form
Information available here
New South Wales Completion of the AIR immunisation medical exemption form
OR
Completion of the NSW COVID-19 vaccine medical contraindication form
Information and form available here
Queensland Completion of the AIR immunisation medical exemption form
South Australia Completion of Immunisation exemption application form (specific to healthcare worker mandate)
Information and form available here
Tasmania Completion of the Tasmanian COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Contraindication form
Information and form available here
Victoria Completion of the AIR immunisation medical exemption form
Information available here
Western Australia Completion of the AIR immunisation medical exemption form
Information available here
 

Can I, or my practice, refuse face-to-face consultations for unvaccinated individuals?

The RACGP has always believed in GP and general practice autonomy. Individuals and practices must prioritise protecting GPs and practice staff from COVID-19.

If you or your practice were to implement such a requirement, you must be mindful that you are subject to regulatory requirements such as the Medical Board’s code of conduct and may be inadvertently unlawfully discriminating against some patients.  This may make you subject to compliance investigations and/or professional conduct complaints or complaints to the Human Right Commission or equivalent state bodies. This is particularly relevant where a person cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition, their age (i.e. children under 12 are currently not eligible), or their religious beliefs. As per Ahpra and the National Board's guidance on facilitating access to care in a COVID-19 environment, all health practitioners are expected to facilitate access to care regardless of someone’s vaccination status.

If you or your practice decide to require patients be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend face-to-face consultations that decision should be made in the context of your individual practice. That includes the health status of clinicians (and self), the needs of the local population, alternate access points to receive primary health care in your area, stocks of personal protective equipment, whether the patient is presenting with or without respiratory symptoms, what continuity of care needs the patient has and what the current outbreak setting is in your location.

In the absence of a Public Health Order mandating vaccination before obtaining a health service, the RACGP urges GPs and practices to tread extremely carefully and consider whether other measures such as robust infection control processes, as well as considering whether a telehealth consultation is an appropriate alternative.

Continuing to provide services to these patients may provide you with ongoing opportunities to discuss vaccination with these patients. We believe that many patients who are hesitant may decide to have the vaccine after they have had a discussion with their GP who is a trusted source of information.

This is an emerging field in law and in the first instance the RACGP recommends that if you or your practice are wishing to pursue this avenue, you should have a conversation with your Medical Defence Organisation to discuss your, and your practices, individual circumstances. 

Read Ahpra and the National Board's guidance on facilitating access to care in a COVID-19 environment

COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme

On 28 August 2021, Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt announced details about the no-fault COVID-19 indemnity scheme. The scheme opened to potential claimants on 13 December 2021 and will be backdated to February 2021.

The scheme reimburses people who suffer a moderate-to-significant impact following an adverse reaction to an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

A key aim of the scheme is to reduce the risk of legal action against a healthcare practitioner involved in the vaccination rollout. The scheme does not prevent someone from taking action through the courts – it has been designed as a streamlined alternative to court proceedings.

A number of resources are now available on the DoH’s website:

 

Professional indemnity coverage through your MDO

Each of the major medical defence organisations has released information addressing professional indemnity coverage for members providing COVID-19 vaccinations. If you are insured by another provider, contact that company directly regarding your coverage.

In summary, if you hold a professional indemnity policy and your scope of practice includes prescribing or administering vaccines, you will be covered in a similar way to other vaccination programs in the event of an adverse reaction following vaccination. 

National webinars

Webinar

Date

Time

Host

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General Practice COVID-19 update

Every Thursday 

11.30 am - 12.00 pm (AEDT)

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health

View upcoming and previous webinars

Immunising children and infants

On-demand

On-demand

Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre 

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Department of Health (DoH) resources

You can subscribe to receive the DoH 'COVID-vaccine updates' direct to your inbox.
 

Therapeutic Goods Administration resources

 

Give the world a shot – Supporting vaccine access in lower-income countries

UNICEF and the Immunisation Coalition are issuing an urgent plea to Australians to help close the global COVID-19 vaccination gap by making a tax-deductible donation to UNICEF Australia to deliver two billion vaccines in lower-income countries.
You can display these posters in your waiting room or pre/post-vaccine clinic spaces to encourage people to donate following their vaccination.

Give the world a shot poster (pre vaccination version)
Give the world a shot poster (post-vaccination version)

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