COVID vax plans move forward


The federal government has revealed more details about the COVID vaccination rollout, as the first provider training modules are launched

The Australian Government has launched the first funded training modules for the COVID-19 vaccination workforce, including for immunisation providers and non-clinical and administration staff.

In a release, the government announced it had partnered with the Australian College of Nursing to “develop and deliver the free and accredited training modules for all COVID-19 vaccination providers”.

The training modules cover multi-dose vials, handling and storage of vaccines, safety and surveillance monitoring, and reporting for adverse events following immunisation.

The first modules are “targeting health professionals in hospitals who will be administering the Pfizer vaccine, with the modules for the AstraZeneca vaccine to come online shortly,” the release said.

Non-clinical training on topics such as handling, storage and administration is also available to support staff, including practice managers, receptionists, cleaners, and IT support.

In preparation for the vaccine rollout, authorised immunisation providers must complete COVID-19 vaccine specific training. All training content will be delivered through an e-learning platform.

The training can be accessed at: www.covid19vaccinationtraining.org.au

In his latest update on the rollout, Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government was still aiming to have the first vaccines being administered in late February.

“We’ve been in contact with Pfizer Australia yesterday, and they remain on track. I was in contact with AstraZeneca on the weekend, indeed, the Australian and global heads, they remain on track for early March,” he said.

“So, late February for Pfizer, early March for AstraZeneca. And we’re on track to complete the vaccination programme for Australia by the end of October”.

Mr Hunt said a weekly report from the Therapeutic Goods Administration will “outline the vaccinations, any adverse reactions. Just in the same way if we’re having the flu, or our kids might be having measles, mumps, rubella vaccinations. We’re very used to this. We have the Meningococcal ACWY, or we might have the Gardasil 9 vaccine”.

 

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