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Thursday, June 20, 2024

900 GPs to join AstraZeneca vaccine rollout

An extra 900 general practices are set to join the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine rollout as part of a targeted expansion of the vaccination program.

“Through an expression of interest (EOI) process, run in partnership with Primary Health Networks (PHNs), we’re inviting general practices who are currently not participating in the rollout to apply,” Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt said today.

He said the Australian Government had worked closely with states, territories and PHNs, undertaking comprehensive modelling and analysis to identify projected COVID-19 vaccine gaps across Australia.

“These new practices will be brought into the program from mid-June to ensure equitable and timely access to COVID-19 vaccines for people aged 50 and above,” Mr Hunt said.

More than 4,600 primary care vaccination sites joined the rollout between March and April 2021 – including approximately 4,400 general practices.

“Primary care, as the cornerstone of our health system, has played a critical role in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout so far, with approximately two-thirds of all the vaccinations administered to date occurring within general practice,” the Health Minister said. 

“The PHNs will assist the coordination of a short EOI process within their regions, with interested general practices asked to provide details required to be on-boarded to the program.

“Beyond the general practices in regions initially targeted, the results of the EOI may be used to bring further practices on board as the rollout progresses and for a future ramp-up of the program later in the year as more vaccines become available.”

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