23 November 2022                                                                                   View this email in your browser

This update provides information to help primary care providers tackle current challenges, including COVID-19. Submissions can be sent to

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COVID vaccination provider bulletins 18 and 23 November

No change to booster dose recommendations
In response to a number of enquiries to the VOC about the use of a third booster (fifth dose), ATAGI have reiterated that they DO NOT recommend a third booster of any COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine providers are responsible for staying up to date with recommended doses as outlined in this poster and in the ATAGI clinical guidelines. Some FAQs have been provided here. Tips to avoid administering more booster doses than recommended are outlined in the bulletin. Further resources are available at the end of this update.

Changes to vaccine access in CVAS
New functionality will be available in the Covid-19 Vaccine Administration System (CVAS) from tomorrow, which will allow sites to submit requests directly to the Department of Health and Aged Care (DoHAC) to activate, reactivate or deactivate access to vaccine products. Once all eligibility conditions are met (stock and reporting requirements) the request will be sent to DoHAC for review. The site’s primary contact will be notified of the outcome via email. Details are outlined in the bulletin.

Moderna 6 months to 5 years vaccine
All sites who have been onboarded and have not yet ordered are encouraged to do so by 2 December 2022 to ensure children who require three doses can receive them before the vaccine stock expires.

VOC holiday period arrangements
The VOC will be closed from 3pm Friday 23 December 2022 to Monday 2 January inclusive. The last date for deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines and consumables will be 16 December 2022. Last orders for delivery before the shutdown must be placed by 2 December. Consider if additional stock is needed to meet demand over the holiday period. 

Enhanced PPE requests
PPE items for face-to-face patient consultations are available to GPs, ACCHOs and GPRCs, until 31 December 2022. Community pharmacists administering COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses, can also order p2/N95 respirators. For details and to apply click here. Final orders need to be submitted before 5pm on 14 December 2022.

Flood recovery
Here are some quick links to help you navigate recovery. If you require additional support, email or visit our website for helpful advice and information for community and health services.

Important considerations after floods:
  • Contaminated floodwater can increase the risk of infections and mosquito-borne diseases, see advice from Loddon Mallee PHUNSW HealthHealthdirect and WorkSafe QLD.
  • Look out for signs that you or those around you might be struggling. Head to Health services can be accessed by calling 1800 595 212 between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday except on public holidays.
Support for general practice staff 
General practice staff and their immediate family members can access Murray PHN's confidential Employee Assistance Program for free support. Call 1300 361 008 (24/7) and quote Murray PHN General Practice.

Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV)
The Victorian Department of Health has developed a FAQ resource to assist immunisation providers in answering questions from the public about the JE vaccination program. It includes a printable list of eligibility examples for display at vaccination centres. In addition, a social media pack is available for the promotion of prevention messages to the community, as are the below posters.

It is strongly recommended that JEV vaccination be reported to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) using your medical practice software. Reporting these vaccinations to the AIR means that the register contains a complete and reliable dataset and can monitor immunisation coverage and administration. It also means that individuals have a complete record of their vaccinations. More information for Victorian immunisation providers can be found here

The vaccine is free for eligible people and general practices are encouraged to bulk bill for the service whenever possible. Vaccination can also be administered after arrival in flood affected areas to those from other regions deployed for prolonged recovery efforts. Further information is provided in this factsheet. Contact for more information and assistance with vaccine ordering.

Providers of the vaccine in the Murray PHN region can be found here and local public health units are also providing JEV vaccines. Please call ahead to ensure stock is on hand and note some sites will be closed due to floods. 

JEV serosurvey
The Victorian Department of Health is leading a study to investigate JEV seroprevalence. Individuals from Mildura and Shepparton can take part during November, by attending a participating Austin Pathology site, completing a questionnaire, and giving a blood sample.

In Mildura at:

  • Austin Pathology, 216 Ontario Avenue, Mildura (Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm, Saturday: 8am-12pm).

In Shepparton at:

  • Austin Pathology, GV Health, Graham St, Shepparton (Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm)
  • Austin Pathology, Shepparton Medical Centre, 45 Graham St, Shepparton (Monday-Friday: 8am-3pm)
  • Austin Pathology, Corio Street Community Health, 135 Corio St, Shepparton (Monday-Friday: 7:30am-4:30pm, Saturday: 8:30am-11:30am).
 Visit Serosurvey for Japanese encephalitis in northern Victoria for more information.

Local outreach vaccination and testing clinics
Upcoming clinics in the Murray PHN catchment:    Local primary care vaccination providers are available here

Support for homebound individuals
Murray PHN can help to engage a primary care vaccine provider for homebound patients. Click here for eligibility criteria and referral. For more:

GP respiratory clinics
GPRCs provide free care for Victorians with respiratory symptoms, including comprehensive assessments and support to manage illnesses. If your health service lacks capacity or adequate PPE to manage patients with respiratory symptoms, please refer them to the nearest GP respiratory clinic and not to a hospital, unless it's an emergency. Local GPRCs are:

  • Shepparton Respiratory Clinic (Princess Park Clinic), 172 Welsford Street, Ph: 03 5821 9655 - click here for opening hours and bookings.
  • Wodonga Respiratory Clinic (Central Medical), 224-226 Beechworth Road, Ph: 02 6067 2437 - click here for opening hours and bookings.
For more information on GPRCs, click here.

Infection Prevention and Control support
Victorian general practices, community pharmacists and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations can call the Infection Prevention Helpline on 1800 312 968 or 03 9956 1046 9am-5pm Monday to Friday for free infection prevention and control advice.

Supporting the disability sector

Murray PHN is helping disability providers and liaison officers to engage primary care providers for in-reach vaccinations. If your practice can assist, email:

Practices can also access support and resources from disability liaison officers in: 

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Murray PHN acknowledges its catchment crosses over many unceded First Nations Countries, following the Dhelkunya Yaluk (Healing River).
We pay our respects and give thanks to the Ancestors, Elders and Young people for their nurturing, protection and caregiving of these sacred lands and waterways, acknowledging their continuing cultural, spiritual and educational practices.
We are grateful for the sharing of Country and the renewal that Country gives us. We acknowledge and express our sorrow that this sharing has come at a personal, spiritual and cultural cost to the wellbeing of First Nations peoples. We commit to addressing the injustices of colonisation across our catchment, and to listening to the wisdom of First Nations communities who hold the knowledge to enable healing.
We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Murray PHN (ABN 92 156 423 755) acknowledges the financial and other support from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

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