With COVID-19 vaccinations planned to begin in Australia next week, we wanted to share the latest information on the rollout with our members and broader community.
The rollout of vaccines will be in phases – starting with the most vulnerable sections of the community. Please read the latest information from the Australian Government which outlines which group is relevant for you. Currently there are two approved vaccines – produced by Pfizer and AstraZeneca – more information on both can be found here.
From next Monday Phase 1a will commence and workers and residents in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) in Curtin, Farrer, Garran, Griffith, Hughes, Narrabundah, Red Hill, Stirling and Weston will begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. RACF staff are currently working through consent and site readiness processes.
Aspen Medical is the vaccine workforce provider which will deliver these initial vaccinations. Capital Health Network has been working with the Department of Health, Aspen Medical and RACFs around site readiness. The rollout will begin with the Pfizer vaccine and will also include the AstraZeneca vaccine from early next month.
The National Health Co-op has registered all nine clinics to participate in the rollout for Phase 1b and beyond and we are waiting to hear from authorities about next steps.
Phase 1b includes adults over 70 years, other health care workers (not covered in Phase 1a), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55 years, adults with an underlying medical condition (including those with a disability) and critical and high-risk workers (including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing).
The exact dates for each phase are decided by Government, meaning health providers – including members-owned organisations like ours – will not be able to change the timing to match the needs of their patient base.
We’ll be in regular communication with members as the Government’s plans are locked in, with both general information on the timing of the phases as well as specifics on how the NHC will be involved.