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COVID-19 vaccines

Information for COVID-19 vaccine providers in our region. 

Page last updated: 11:00am, 18 March 2022

How to stay up to date

The Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine website hub contains information for general practices, GP-led Respiratory Clinics, Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Services and community pharmacies. It includes information on:

We are communicating as much information about the rollout as quickly as we can to residential aged care facilities, general practices, pharmacies and other primary care providers in our region.

You can read our latest e-bulletins on our website. If you’re not receiving these email updates, please subscribe or contact primarycare@nwmphn.org.au

We recommend also subscribing to the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccines newsletter to stay up to date.

Basecamp for vaccine stock management

Practices are encouraged to post information on the NWMPHN Vaccine Requests Network Basecamp channel, advising of surplus stock, or the need for additional supplies.

This is only for general practices who are currently participating in the vaccine rollout, and who agree to meet the vaccine transfer guidelines established by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.

If you wish to join our Basecamp channels, please email education@nwmphn.org.au

Role of Primary Health Networks during the rollout

  • Our role in aged care

    Primary Health Networks are the primary contact point for residential aged care facilities (RACFs) during the COVID-19 vaccines rollout.

    Our role is facilitating communications between:

    • RACFs
    • the vaccination workforce provider (Aspen Medical)
    • local hospitals, including in-reach services
    • GPs and other local health providers
    • state and federal health authorities.

    It is critical that we can contact all RACFs in our region quickly to help solve any issues that may arise during the delivery and administration of vaccines.

    As per the Australian Department of Health’s clinical governance requirements, each RACF must establish a Clinical Lead (for example: a registered nurse) who is responsible for managing the vaccine program at the site. This Clinical Lead is responsible for liaising with their local Primary Health Network (us) and the immunisation provider.

    If your facility has not already done so, please designate a Clinical Lead and have them contact Christine Ferlazzo by email to christine.ferlazzo@nwmphn.org.au

    More information for aged care providers is available on this page and our COVID-19 Support for Aged Care page.

  • Our role in primary care

    Our primary role is to assist general practices to join the rollout, and to provide a regional point of contact between practices and the Australian Department of Health. We also facilitate communications between practices and the Victorian Department of Health, local hospitals and other local health providers as required.

    It is critical that we can communicate quickly with all general practices in our region to help solve any issues that may arise during the delivery and administration of vaccines. Each practice should have a designated contact person. Our Primary Health Care Improvement team is in regular contact with this person by email and phone as required.

    We are also sending regular enewsletters to general practices, pharmacies and other primary care providers during the rollout. You can subscribe and read previous editions on our website.

    If you have any questions about the support we can provide for primary care please contact primarycare@nwmphn.org.au or call 03 9347 1188.