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Vaccine rollout: Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs)

From Monday 22 February, Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) will begin to receive vaccine supplies, starting the vaccination process for those in aged care.  

The Department of Health has published a readiness toolkit for residential aged care facilities to help prepare for the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines and obtaining and recording consent for residents. Information about reporting adverse events will be available soon along with more resources for providers, workers and residents.

Providers have an important role in the COVID-19 vaccine program.

Facilities will need to:

  • provide information to residents and workers
  • facilitate resident consent
  • prepare their facility for vaccination day
  • monitor and report adverse events.


Webinar recording: COVID Vaccine RACF Rollout 

On Thursday 25 February, we hosted a webinar regarding the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and how it relates to Residential Aged Care Facilities.

Click here to view the webinar. Passcode: 0v7+@^gB

Webinar recording: Vaccine Rollout Strategy

On Friday 5 February, we hosted a webinar regarding the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine rollout. 

Over 300 GPs and staff were able to hear from staff and external experts on topics including:

  • Overview of rollout strategy, including roles of GPs and hospitals
  • Update from the Commonwealth Department of Health
  • EOI update – process & next steps
  • MBS implications, GP payments and changes
  • Vaccine types and uses
  • Coldchain management and rollout
  • Impact of other vaccinations

Watch the webinar recording by clicking here. Passcode: C^8YiibK

Read the minutes of the webinar here

COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program

  • For training modules from the Department of Health (National COVID-19 Vaccination Training Programclick here
  • For modules to consolidate and evaluate your technical skills, access education via Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (Victorian COVID-19 eLearning Competency), here

COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccination Advice

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have provided advice on the relative timing of administering influenza and COVID-19 vaccines in 2021.

Key messages:

  • Routine scheduling and giving of an influenza vaccine with a COVID-19 vaccine on the same day is not recommended. 
  • The preferred minimum interval between a dose of seasonal influenza vaccine and a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech or AstraZeneca/University of Oxford is 14 days. 
  • There may be circumstances where co-administration or near administration (within days) of an influenza vaccine with a COVID-19 vaccine may be considered. 
  • There is no particular requirement regarding the order of receiving a dose of influenza vaccine and either the first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • If an influenza vaccine has been inadvertently co-administered or given within a shorter interval than 14 days with a COVID-19 vaccine, revaccination with either vaccine is not considered necessary.

For further information, please download the publication here.

General Practice Expression of Interest (EOI)

Accredited General Practices were invited to express their interest in participating in Phase 1b of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out from March 2021. The expression of interest is now closed. 

Recommended information regarding the EOI:

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