Gippsland’s vaccination program intensifies

Gippslanders are rolling up their sleeves to get the vaccine, COVID vaccination rates follow each other well compared to other regions.

GIPPSLAND general practices and respiratory clinics run by general practitioners have administered more than 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccination in four months.
The milestone was crossed on Friday, when the vaccination doses administered since March 22 amounted to 103,282.
As of August 2, Gippsland GP clinics have administered 72,952 doses since March 22, including 20,382 second doses, with Gippsland respiratory clinics having administered 24,538 doses of vaccination, including 7,512 doses during the same period.
Since then, 5,792 additional doses have been given in four days, with Gippsland well above the national average in doses per 100 people.
Federal government data, from the Australian Immunization Register, reveals that as of August 1, 48.8% of eligible Gippslanders over the age of 15 had received at least one COVID vaccine, while 20.8% had received the two.
Statewide, more than 1.6 million doses have been delivered through the 52 high-volume, hospital, community and pop-up vaccination centers operated by the state of Victoria – more than any other state or territory.
General practitioners, pharmacists and Aboriginal-controlled community health organizations also administer the vaccine throughout Victoria.
Gippsland Primary Health Network CEO Amanda Proposch praised the clinics participating in the rollout, many of them now administering AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.
“Gippsland health professionals do an incredible job immunizing our community and are a critical part of the nationwide immunization rollout,” Ms. Proposch said.
“Our numbers show that our regional immunization rates exceed the national equivalent, which is an incredible effort.”
Ms. Proposch encouraged those eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible.
“We understand that some people can be anxious,” she said.
“If you are, talk to your doctor or local health department and, most importantly, listen to expert health advice.
“It’s the best way to protect our community. “
Encouraging Gippsland vaccination figures come as the state government announces that thousands of Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine appointments are open for eligible Victorians in the coming month, with more than Appointments reserved for priority health workers and elderly and disabled care workers yet to be vaccinated.
Gippsland will have more GP clinics administering Pfizer starting next Monday.
Almost 60,000 Pfizer appointments are now open to eligible Victorians over the next month, and over 15,000 additional open appointments have also been reserved for priority workers.
Thousands of AstraZeneca appointments are also open, with walk-in appointments also available, for people aged 60 and over.
The new Pfizer appointments were added to the system following Victoria’s decision to revise the recommended second Pfizer dose interval to six weeks.
This has freed up the supply available for appointments for the first dose now, as the demand for subsequent appointments for the second dose can be met with the expected increase in supply in September.
Second doses of Pfizer at community vaccination centers will now be given at least six weeks after the first vaccine in an effort to protect more people.
Giving the second jab after six weeks will help give more Gippslanders some level of protection against the virus, allowing more people to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks as more first-dose reservations will become available in the system as a result of this change.
The change is in line with Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization guidelines which advise that dosing intervals can be adjusted based on epidemiological conditions and other factors, ensuring that vaccine efficacy remains.
There are no changes for people who have already booked their second dose of Pfizer, and they should show up for their appointment as scheduled.
There is no change to the interval for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Commonwealth immunization providers, such as general practitioners and indigenous community-controlled health organizations, will continue to provide second doses at three-week intervals.
Victorians currently eligible for the vaccine under the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccination program include all people aged 40 and over, and a large number of people under the age of 40 such as healthcare workers and people with specified underlying medical conditions.
The state’s Department of Health will also begin posting weekly charts and tables online showing the age and sex of people vaccinated at vaccination centers in Victoria, as well as the type of vaccine given.
State Health Minister Martin Foley said the new appointments presented an opportunity for people who had not been able to get appointments so far to “get vaccinated, protect themselves and we help everyone get back to normal.
“We can look at the evidence from overseas to see the potency of this vaccine in action – but we can also look from close to home,” he said.
Recent analysis shows that none of the locally acquired COVID-19 cases hospitalized during the July outbreak were fully immunized.
People can go online to check their eligibility and find the nearest immunization clinic at www.gphn.org.au/covid-19-vaccine-resources/.

Vaccines available for eligible adolescents

APPOINTMENTS are now available at Gippsland for 12 to 15 year olds from the priority cohorts for the Pfizer vaccine, and the general public 18 to 39 years old for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Although the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit’s community vaccination centers are not officially part of the Department of Health’s initial trial for these extended age groups, its clinics have the capacity to sustain the interest of these new cohorts. for each vaccine.
Appointments must be made.
Young people aged 12 to 15 who are at higher risk of serious illness if they contract COVID-19 are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine with parental consent.
The specified medical conditions that increase their risk of severe COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, asthma, diabetes, obesity, congenital heart and circulatory abnormalities, neurodevelopmental disorders, epilepsy, immunocompromised and trisomy 21. The cohort also includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and youth from remote communities.
These young people will be given a two-dose schedule, with a normal minimum interval of six weeks between doses.
Young people will be encouraged to speak with their GP about any questions they (or their parents / guardians) may have.
Vaccination reservations for this cohort should be made through the normal reservation process at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/bookyour-vaccine-appointment or by calling 1800
675,398).
They must come to a vaccination center with a parent or guardian or other person having parental responsibility for the child who will give their consent and accompany them.
Proof of age should also be provided eg school ID card, birth certificate, passport, doctor’s letter with date of birth other proof of age.
Appointments are mandatory for people aged 18 to 39 for the AstraZeneca vaccine, and must be made through the normal booking process, in a new category.

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