Residential Aged Care
COVID-19 Immunisation

Latest immunisation updates for RACFs

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    Contact racfvaccination@wapha.org.au if you require any further information or clarification.

    Role of the Primary Health Networks (PHNs)

    • WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) operates WA’s three Primary Health Networks – Perth North, Perth South and Country WA.
    • PHNs across Australia are assisting in the coordination, planning and delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
    • WAPHA is assisting the Australian Government in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for people in residential aged care facilities.

    Current Situation

      • The Pfizer/BioNTech and the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have both been provided provisional approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
      • The rollout will begin with Phase 1, which has been divided further into Phase 1a and Phase 1b. Phase 1a will include residential aged care facility (RACF) staff and residents.
      • Third party vaccination workforce providers have been contracted by the Australian Government to provide the COVID-19 vaccinations in RACFs. In WA, Aspen Medical will be the vaccination workforce provider.
      • The roll out in RACFs started on Monday 22 February 2021. Week 7 of the rollout commenced on Monday 5 April 2021.
      • As of 4 April, more than 111,000 doses across 1,270 RACFs nationally have been delivered.
      • The Australian Government Department of Health and Aspen Medical have provided the vaccination schedule to WAPHA up to mid-May 2021.
      • WAPHA and Aspen Medical are contacting each RACF to advise of the scheduled vaccination day as the schedules become available.
      • WAPHA has developed a contact list to assist RACFs in this process – External RACF Rollout Reference Key Contacts List. This document should be read in conjunction with the Triage process and scenario mapping for residential aged care facilities document.
      • The Australian Government is seeking submissions from residential aged care providers for the safe, targeted and timely administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to residential aged care staff by late May 2021. Residential aged care providers interested in participating can find further information here.
      • Information and resources for RACFs, including consent forms and site readiness checklists, are available from the Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/covid-19-vaccination-resource-pack-for-residential-aged-care Information for consumers, families and carers is available from the following sources:

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