The Australian Government Department of Health (DoH) sought expressions of interest (EOI) from accredited general practices to take part in the planned delivery of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from phase 1b.
More than 4500 practices that expressed an interest in participating in the vaccine rollout have been approved. Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout commenced the week of 22 March 2021. All participating general practices will be onboarded over a four-week period, alongside GP-led respiratory clinics and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.
If your practice is approved to participate in the vaccine rollout you should have now received an onboarding letter and pack. As well as telling you which week your practice will start vaccinating, the pack includes information and guidance on:
- registering your practice through the Online Vaccine Management Portal
- ordering vaccine stock and consumables
- reporting requirements
- preparing to receive your initial vaccine doses.
If you have not received your onboarding letter and pack or if you want to delay or withdraw your participation, contact your Primary Health Network immediately.
Your practice should also receive a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Communication Kit from the DoH. The kit contains resources designed to support patient communications efforts during phase 1b, along with subsequent vaccine rollout phases. It is not compulsory for your practice to use the resources provided within the kit, however, their use will support compliance with the TGA advertising act.
Ordering stock and consumables
Vaccine stock and consumables can be ordered through the online portal.
If you're having issues with ordering or delivery of vaccines and consumables, contact the Vaccine Operations Centre hotline on 1800 318 208 or email COVID19VaccineOperationsCentre@Health.gov.au
Funding for vaccinations in general practice
Funding for administration of the vaccines in general practice will be provided on a fee for service basis via the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).
The RACGP has prepared an overview of the new MBS items to assess patients for their suitability to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Visit this RACGP webpage for full item descriptors and rebates.
COVID-19 vaccination training program
As part of the rollout, authorised vaccine providers will need to complete mandatory COVID-19 vaccination training
. Training will also be available for non-clinical and administration staff.
The RACGP is working with the DoH to ensure that GPs who complete the training will receive 10 CPD points.
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
Advertising the vaccine at your practice
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) have reiterated that there are rules you must follow if you are advertising COVID-19 vaccines at your clinic.
||You can not
- use Australian Government produced materials to promote COVID-19 vaccines
- use materials produced by Australian state or territory governments to promote COVID-19 vaccines
- provide factual information to assist the public in obtaining the vaccine such as:
- the location of the COVID-19 vaccination service
- times vaccines are administered or opening hours of the service provider
- whether there is a need for an appointment to receive the vaccination and how to make one
- use self-developed advertising about COVID-19 vaccines
Downtown Medical Centre
You can now get vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Downtown Medical Centre. Available Monday to Friday from 9am - 9pm.
Call 9999 9999 for an appointment.
(Could also include Australian Government social media tile showing the vaccine is free)
Facebook post (all content self developed)
Downtown Medical Centre
A COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect you and your family from falling seriously ill!
You can now get your COVID-19 vaccination at the Downtown Medical Centre. Available Monday to Friday from 9am - 9pm. Just walk-in and enjoy a free cappuccino while you wait.
Video of patient receiving a vaccine and saying "Wow that didn't hurt at all!".
These restrictions on advertising do not extend to information exchanged between you and and your patients during clinical consultations.
Find more information on the TGA website
See the DoHs latest update
(25 March 2021) for participating practices as well as COVID-19 vaccine FAQs for providers
which includes the most recent advice from ATAGI surrounding eligibility, clinical considerations, communications, online systems training and more.