Information taken from Medinz.
Published by Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā DHBs on 9/11/2021 9:39:29 AM.
COVID-19 vaccination conversations initiative now available for those with long term health conditions
The General Practitioner (GP) and Nurse Practitioner (NP) proactive vaccination conversation initiative has now been extended from today, to include those patients with long term health conditions who have not yet had their first dose.
The GP and NP conversation programme also includes Māori and Pacific patients who have not yet had their first dose.
These proactive GP and NP conversations are to provide patients with long term health conditions with the opportunity to ask questions, address any concerns and help them get vaccinated.
All of the following claiming conditions must be met:
These conversations are funded through POAC. Please use the drop box titled ‘COVID-19 ‘Vaccination Conversation LTC patients (GP or NP with Long Term Conditions only)’. A ‘Referral’ only is required for this service.
Payment for eligible patients will be processed automatically at $69 ($60 + GST) and details of approved and paid claims will be sent by email, via Buyer Created Tax Invoice.
Exemptions and exceptions from mandatory vaccination
Information about exemptions from mandatory vaccination is now available on the Ministry of Health website, including who can apply for an exemption or exception, what criteria must be met, how to apply and what to do if an application is declined. See the Ministry of Health website You also find the information on HealthPathways: COVID-19 Vaccination See under: Supporting the decision > Contraindications, precautions, and exemptions.
Further details will be available soon.
Free taxi service extended to include second doses
NRHCC offers a free taxi service to and from a COVID-19 vaccination provider for patients who are experiencing transport or medical issues. Initially this service was for first doses only and it has now been extended to include second doses as well.
Patients can request a taxi themselves by calling the COVID Vaccination Helpline on 0800 28 29 26 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Or a GP clinic or pharmacy can book a taxi on a patient’s behalf. See the attached process document, with codes valid until 18 November. Please do not share the free taxi code with people.
Under Alert Level 3, a standard taxi can take a maximum of 2 people from the same bubble. Shuttle bus taxis are available for larger bubbles and can take up to 6 people from that bubble.
In-home vaccinations are available for those people clinically or physically unable to leave their house. If you’re not a vaccination provider, a home visit can be requested by calling the COVID Vaccination Helpline on 0800 28 29 26 or by emailing email@example.com.
Third primary extension dose for immunocompromised individuals – update
Further to advice provided on 1 November, POAC has requested that any claims for third primary extension dose consultations are submitted within the same week so they can pay the claims in a timely way. Please see the claiming instructions on their website: https://www.poac.co.nz/covid-19/
Claims should be submitted via the POAC form within PMS, using the following code from the dropdown box: “COVID-19 Vaccination – 3rd Dose for immunocompromised patients”. Please see the attached finalised algorithm
approved by the Ministry of Health. This is also available on HealthPathways – see here.
Entering third primary dose extensions into the CIR
Please ensure when entering an extension dose into the COVID Immunisation Register (CIR) that the attached CIR instructions are followed carefully, including uploading the consent form and prescription to the CIR.
It is particularly important that the ‘Vaccination Reason Detail’ note is completed confirming the person meets the required criteria for the third primary extension dose.
Correctly entering the dose, with the required note, will ensure that this record will not be identified as a CIR error.
COVID-19 vaccination programme webinar – Tuesday 16 November, 5.30pm-6.30pm
Join us to find out the latest on the COVID-19 vaccination programme in metro Auckland and how primary care can continue to provide their support.
The webinar will include:
This webinar is aimed at GPs, general practice staff, practice nurses and staff and staff working for primary care providers, primary health organisations, urgent care and community pharmacies.
Register now. If you’re not able to attend, still register and we’ll send you the recording afterwards.
COVID Immunisation Register (CIR) Training
Free drop-in CIR training sessions are available for those delivering COVID vaccinations:
These sessions enable staff to explore the specific issues they may be experiencing directly with a specialist CIR trainer.