COVID-19 Vaccine Updates and Information

This page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.

 


COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Primary Care Update

Update – 22 June 2021
New In-Depth Patient Assessment for a COVID-19 Vaccine

On 18 June 2021, the Australian Government introduced two new MBS items (10660 and 10661) to support general practitioners and other medical practitioners. The two new MBS items provide in-depth clinical assessments of patients aged 50 years and over. This is in regards to the patient’s individual health risks and benefits associated with receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

We appreciate your support in communicating the key information on these new MBS items if asked:

  • MBS items 10660 and 10661 may only be claimed where a GP or OMP attends to a patient in person for more than 10 minutes.
  • The item must be billed in association with a relevant MBS COVID-19 vaccine suitability assessment item.
  • Consistent with the other MBS vaccine suitability assessment items, items 10660 and 10661 must be bulk-billed.
Further information on the in-depth patient assessment items is provided in the Item descriptors and Fact Sheet.

 


Information to assist healthcare workers talk to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about COVID-19 vaccines

Information in this pack is designed to assist you with questions you may be asked as a healthcare worker about the COVID-19 vaccines. For more information, visit the Department of Health website.

If there is a question that you would like included in future versions of this pack, please contact covidvaccinecomms@health.gov.au.

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General COVID-19 Community Resources

In this pack, you’ll find suggested social tiles and captions, two posters and a community announcement radio script, reminding everyone on the importance of keeping two big steps away from others, washing hands regularly, getting tested if you’re unwell, and following state and territory guidelines and restrictions.

Please use these assets as you see fit and adapt to your local requirements.

 

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Revised Guidance for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services on COVID-19 Vaccines Advertising

The following information and communication materials have been provided to support your patient communications during the COVID-19 vaccines rollout. This should help providing information about which vaccine is available at your premises and support your conversations with patients as to which vaccine they can expect to receive.

You can now mention which vaccines you offer

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) advises it is now acceptable to mention which brand of vaccine or vaccines your health organisation offers to patients. You still cannot make statements about one vaccine being better than another, and information should be accurate and balanced. You can find out more by visiting the TGA website.


Available resources

Below are some resources that you can use at your clinic, including posters, social content and web banners. Other supporting information about the COVID-19 vaccines, and the vaccine rollout, has also been provided.
These resources are reviewed regularly and will be updated as new information becomes available. More information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people and clinics can be found on the website.

 

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vaccine communication materials

In this pack, you’ll find suggested social tiles and captions that you could use across your social media platform - as well as a social media template to personalise and share.
It includes editable and printable posters and fact sheets that you can use and distribute regarding information about the vaccine and a collection of videos that you can share within the community and answer any questions they may have.
Also, two community announcement radio scripts, reminding everyone on the importance of keeping two big steps away from others, washing hands regularly, getting tested if you’re unwell, and following state and territory guidelines and restrictions.
Please use these assets as you see fit and adapt to your local requirements.

  •  Social media content
  • Social media template
  • Fact sheets
  • Posters
  • Newsletter
  • Videos
  • Community announcement radio scripts


See all communication resources here, and all resources for COVID-19 vaccine providers here.

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COVID-19 Vaccine: New recommendations regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine for ACCHOs

Information for ACCHOs answering new questions that may arise from patients about the AstraZeneca vaccine

This document has been prepared for ACCHS to assist them in responding to patients with questions about the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Resources on the new updates on the COVID-19 Vaccination program:

  • A video featuring Dr Lucas de Toca from Primary Care Response to COVID-19, summarising the new information and recommendations that have arisen regarding AstraZeneca and the change in the vaccination rollout
  • Social media content to promote the new information to their followers/patients, as well as some suggested captions to use alongside them
  • A poster that can be printed and displayed in your clinics

Additional information can also be found here:

COVID-19 Vaccine: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Engagement Kit

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The Australian Government Department of Health in collaboration with NACCHO have prepared a community engagement kit that has useful information on what the Government is doing to deliver COVID-19 vaccines.

The kit includes several communications materials, such as news articles, social tiles, video scripts and other items that you can share across your networks to help keep your community safe. 

To support communication with your stakeholders, networks and communities, the Australian Government Department of Health has developed a suite of resources. Here is a guide that will provide you with the list of resources that are available to download which includes:

Here is a guide that will provide you with the list of resources that are available to download here.

There are rules that you must follow if you wish to advertise COVID-19 vaccines! As part of the Australian Government Department of Health, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulates the advertising of therapeutic goods in Australia.
 
Here is a fact sheet that explains how vaccine providers and other parties may lawfully advertise the COVID-19 vaccine without risking penalties for breaching the prohibition on advertising prescription medicines.
 

Further resources will be developed in the lead up to and implementation of the vaccination rollout. The Department will continue to provide regular updates and communication materials as more information becomes available over the coming weeks.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Implementation Plan

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This Implementation Plan is for the COVID-19 vaccination program for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over 18 years of age. This plan has been developed in consultation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, and with state and territory governments.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Communication Kit

The COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Communication Kit includes a series of templates and materials that both vaccination clinics and non-vaccination clinics will be able to use and adapt for their sites. 

Here is a formal letter providing an approval for your organisation and its members and its members to adapt Government campaign materials as necessary.

This kit will help you work through the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulatory guidelines for advertising COVID-19 vaccinations. The kit includes:

If you require any other resources email: covid19vaccinecomms@health.gov.au

Other resources that you may find helpful as you roll-out vaccinations, you can access on the Department of Health website.

Information and FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Pages from NCIRS NACCHO FAQs COVID-19 vaccines

This information was last updated on March 29, 2021.
For up-to-minute information regarding COVID-19 Vaccines please visit The Department of Health website.

Jointly prepared by NACCHO and the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), answers a range of questions including:

  • Why is the vaccine being rolled out in remote communities when there were no cases there?
  • Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for Elders?
  • Is COVID-19 vaccine safe for people with existing medical and chronic conditions?
  • Is COVID-19 vaccine safe for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy?
  • What are the likely side effects from COVID-19 vaccines?
  • Can people choose which vaccine they take?
  • Is COVID-19 vaccine compulsory?
  • Are COVID-19 vaccines effective?
Influenza vaccination during COVID-19 - FAQs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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Developed by The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)  

Information and FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Information and FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  - jointly prepared by NACCHO and the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), answers a range of questions including:

  • Why is the vaccine being rolled out in remote communities when there were no cases there?
  • Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for Elders?
  • Is COVID-19 vaccine safe for people with existing medical and chronic conditions?
  • Is COVID-19 vaccine safe for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy?
  • What are the likely side effects from COVID-19 vaccines?
  • Can people choose which vaccine they take?
  • Is COVID-19 vaccine compulsory?
  • Are COVID-19 vaccines effective?
The above information was last updated on March 29, 2021.
For up-to-minute information regarding COVID-19 Vaccines please visit The Department of Health website.
COVID-19 vaccines common questions

COVID-19 vaccines common questions - prepared by the Department of Health in consultation with NACCHO. 
Who is getting the vaccine first?

  • people who have an increased risk of developing serious illness or dying from COVID-19
  • people at an increased risk of exposure, infection and spreading of COVID-19
  • people who are in a setting with high potential to spread the virus, such as health and aged care workers
  • people working in critical services, such as emergency service workers
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are a priority group. 

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Artwork Acknowledgement

We acknowledge artist Jordana Angus for the use of her artwork ‘Stand Together For A Healthy Future’, which has been adapted for use in our materials.

 
Artwork Description:
This painting represents standing together to support each other in healthy living practices both physically and mentally. By being connected to community and staying informed on the latest reputable health advice we become stronger as a whole community. 
The impacts of coronavirus show how important it is to unite and take the steps required to keep ourselves, loved ones and our community safe; something we can apply to all areas of health and wellbeing.