Paediatric COVID-19 vaccination update

The National COVID Vaccine Taskforce has issued a bulletin for vaccination providers. Key messages on paediatric vaccination are available below.

Allocations for Comirnaty (Pfizer) (5 to 11 years) vaccine

Since 10 January 2022, more than 141,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old across Australia have received their first dose of Comirnaty (Pfizer) (5 to 11 years) vaccine.

Some vaccination providers have expressed a desire to receive larger orders of Pfizer (5 to 11 years). The National COVID Vaccine Taskforce is currently reviewing and identifying opportunities to increase dose allocations. At this stage, the Vaccine Operations Centre is not able to assist with these requests.

If you require vaccine stock urgently, you are encouraged you to contact any nearby vaccination sites administering COVID-19 vaccines who may have excess doses available for redistribution.

Reporting a Pfizer (5 to 11 years) vaccination in the AIR

There is no change to the reporting requirements to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) for Pfizer with the introduction of the 5 to 11 year old age group.

When reporting the administration of a Comirnaty (Pfizer) dose to children aged 5 to 11 years, vaccination providers should report using the vaccine code: COMIRN, as they would for all other age groups.

It is mandatory for vaccination providers to report all COVID 19 vaccinations administrated on or after 20 February 2021.

Vaccine providers should use the latest version of their clinical software to make sure they meet reporting requirements. The Department of Health will continue to work with Services Australia to help software developers and vaccination providers meet their reporting obligations.

Read the taskforce’s bulletin (PDF, 290KB).

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

Social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors are ineligible to list in the directory.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

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