COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Oxford-AstraZenca
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We have been successfully included on the list of eligible practices to administer the COVID-19 vaccine as part of 1b phase (Oxford-AstraZenca).
As many are no doubt aware, the vaccine roll out commenced this week. As priority frontline healthcare works, boarder and security workers, and age care residents have started to receive their first dose. They are receiving the Pfizer vaccine through hospital hubs.
The second phase (1b) is expected to commence in March 2021. We need to understand the logistics in delivering the Oxford-AstraZenca vaccine is much easier and appropriate given the required 45 million plus doses.
As mentioned in our earlier post, we expect that we will be able to offer the vaccine to all our CBD Doctors Melbourne patients within a reasonable time.
Please continue to visit our website for regular updates. We will also send SMS messages to our patients as the vaccine becomes available for their specific group. This will be followed by an email which provides more information and consent forms.
Eligibility for the free COVID-19 vaccines is as follows:
- all Medicare-eligible Australians; and
- all visa-holders, excluding visa sub-classes 771 (Transit), 600 (Tourist Stream), 651 (eVisitor) and 601 (Electronic Travel Authority).
The vaccines will be rolled out in the following groups order:
- Quarantine and border workers, frontline healthcare worker sub-groups for prioritisation, aged care and disability care staff, aged care and disability care resident.
- Elderly adults aged 80 years and over, elderly adults aged 70-79 years, other health care workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55, younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability, critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.
- Adults aged 60-69 years, adults aged 50-59 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18- 54, other critical and high-risk workers.
- Remaining adult population > 18 years of age.