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It’s difficult to book a Covid vaccination in The Hastings area in NSW right now, so this website will update you when there are slots available. You should log in to either the Wauchope NSW, or Port Macquarie NSW site ahead of time, so you will be ready to book when an appointment becomes available.

What is Covid in Australia?

This is why it is important to continue other preventative measures like:

• physical distancing
• hand washing
• wearing a face mask
• COVID-19 testing and quarantine/isolation as required by your state/territory.
If you have been vaccinated with two doses of Comirnaty, you should still get a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms that meet testing criteria according to your local health authority (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat). Who can receive this vaccine
People aged 16 years and older can receive this COVID-19 vaccination. Certain groups of people are prioritised to receive vaccines first because they are at higher risk of:

• exposure to the COVID-19 virus, for example workers in border or quarantine facilities, a healthcare facility or aged-care facility, or
• severe illness and death from COVID-19, for example are older or have underlying medical conditions. Who should not receive this vaccine You should not receive this vaccine if you have had:
• anaphylaxis (a type of severe allergic reaction) to a previous dose of the same COVID-19 vaccine, or
• anaphylaxis after exposure to any component of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Precautions for vaccination
People with certain conditions may need additional precautions such as staying for 30 minutes of observation after having their vaccine or consulting an allergy specialist. Tell your immunisation provider if you have had:

• an allergic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to an ingredient of the vaccine
• anaphylaxis to other vaccines or to other medicines. Your provider can check to ensure there are no common ingredients with the COVID-19 vaccine you are receiving

Special circumstances to discuss before vaccination
People with weakened immune systems (immunocompromise)
People with immunocompromise includes those who have a medical condition that weakens their immune system. It also includes those who may be taking medications that suppress their immune system.
The Australian Government strongly recommends people with immunocompromise receive COVID-19 vaccination. Comirnaty is not a live vaccine. It is safe in people with immunocompromise.

People with immunocompromise, including those living with HIV, have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including a higher risk of death.

Clinical trials for Comirnaty did not include people with immunocompromise, except for a small group of people with stable HIV. We do not know if Comirnaty is as effective in people with immunocompromise compared to the rest of the population. It is possible that Comirnaty might not be as effective in people with immunocompromise as it is in the general population. It is important to continue other preventative measures such as physical distancing after vaccination.

Vaccines?

COVID-19 vaccination providers
General practices
General practices are Serious partners in Aus’s COVID-19 Vaccine National Rollout Strategy.

There are more than 5,000 general practices participating in the COVID-19 vaccination program providing comprehensive COVID-19 immunisation coverage for their local communities.
Becoming a general practice vaccination provider The Ausn Government continues to review vaccine availability and may extend participation of general practices to the COVID-19 vaccination program. Primary Health Networks (PHNs) will help the Department to facilitate any opportunities to join the rollout.

To be eligible, practices must meet the site requirements and:

hold a current and valid accreditation through the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme, or
administer vaccines as part of the National Immunisation Program.
General practices interested in participating in the program should contact their local PHN for more information.

Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccine administration
Based on vaccine availability, some participating practices are transitioning to also administer the Pfizer vaccine. They will also continue to administer AstraZeneca vaccine to those aged 60 and over, and second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for anyone who has received a first dose without severe adverse reaction, including those under 60 years.
Practices in regions with limited access to the Pfizer vaccine are prioritised in the first instance, with the majority of practices transitioning later in 2021. If participating practices are interested in transitioning to also administer the Pfizer vaccine, they should advise their local PHN.
Medicare Benefits Schedule items The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) funds general practices to provide vaccination services.
The Ausn Government has introduced 16 temporary MBS COVID-19 vaccine suitability assessment items. This will enable GPs and other suitably qualified health professionals to assess patients for their suitability to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The MBS items are categorised by:
practitioner (GP/other medical professional) location (metropolitan/non-metropolitan) time period (business/after hours), and dose (first dose/second dose). For the purposes of claiming an MBS item, treating practitioners are responsible for using their professional judgment to determine the most clinically appropriate services to provide. They are also responsible to ensure any services billed to Medicare fully meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the legislation.
Vaccination providers cannot charge to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is free and the consult appointment for patients to receive the vaccination is also free.
Charging a patient any costs associated with the administration of the COVID-19 vaccination (including booking fees) is a breach of the requirements under the program.
General practitioners and other medical professionals can claim a flag-fall fee. This is for COVID-19 vaccine suitability assessment services conducted in a residential aged care facility (RACF), a residential disability setting, or a patient’s residence. The aim of this flag-fall is to help with transport costs in attending to a patient in their residence. See the factsheet for more information.
General practitioners and other medical professionals can also claim two MBS items for in-depth, clinical assessments for patients for COVID-19 vaccination. This includes in-depth assessments about their individual health risks and benefits associated with receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. See the factsheet for more information.
Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics were previously known as General Practitioner led Respiratory Clinics. They provide a GP-led clinical COVID-19 vaccination service to everyone in Aus, including those who are not eligible for Medicare.
Most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) will participate in the vaccination program. ACCHS will provide culturally safe vaccination care for regular clients as well as to others in the community.
More information is available on the Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about COVID-19 vaccines page.
Community pharmacies The National COVID Vaccine Taskforce is working with state and territory health departments to ensure national, broad coverage of primary care sites delivering the COVID-19 vaccine.
More community pharmacies will be brought online as we get additional vaccine supply over the coming months. This will support an enhanced primary care roll out for the broadest possible coverage for the community.
On 22 April 2021, National Cabinet agreed that states and territories can choose to incorporate community pharmacies into their roll-out plans. This was for rural and remote areas where there are no or limited other points of presence.
Community pharmacies will play an important role in the ramp up of the COVID-19 vaccine in the second half of the year. The existing network of community pharmacies will ensure broader access to COVID-19 vaccinations. The network will also help address barriers to access in some parts of rural and regional Aus.
Additional information for vaccination providers: Advice for vaccine providers Clinical considerations COVID-19 vaccination training program The Ausn Government has partnered with the Ausn College of Nursing to provide training for the COVID-19 vaccination workforce. This includes immunisation providers and non-clinical and administration staff.
The training is mandatory for COVID-19 vaccination providers.
The modules in the training cover:
administering vaccines from multi-dose vials handling and storage of vaccines safety and surveillance monitoring, and reporting for adverse events after immunisation. Vaccination providers can access the training on the COVID-19 vaccination training website. The training is regularly updated and staff working within vaccination sites are encouraged to regularly access the training to review any updates.