Information taken from Medinz
Published by Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā DHBs on 1/11/2021 11:30:44 AM.
Further to The Ministry of Health’s announcement that a third primary dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for severely immunocompromised patients aged 12 and older, here’s some more information.
This service can only be accessed through a consultation with a General Practitioner (GP) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) to assess the patient and issue a prescription and complete the consent form, if clinically indicated.
This is a temporary process and will remain in place until the use of a third primary Pfizer dose for severely immunocompromised people has been approved by Medsafe.
Guidance and consent form
You’ll find Ministry of Health guidance (including the policy statement and criteria, an example prescription and the consent form) on HealthPathways: COVID-19 Vaccination Resources. There is an IMAC and Ministry of Health version of the consent form available on HealthPathways. You can use either form.
Attached is a revised CIR Quick Step Guide and an example prescription (also at the above HealthPathways link) and the draft algorithm (awaiting final Ministry approval), which outlines the process and associated funding – see HealthPathways: COVID-19 Funding and Supplies.
This is a fully subsidised service:
Conditions of claim
All the following conditions must be met:
Please note, you do not need to be an accredited COVID-19 vaccinating practice to claim this fee. However, if you are authorised and do provide the vaccination, the PPD POAC vaccine event fee will be paid in addition to this subsidy.
Please submit a referral via a POAC form within PMS, using the following code from the dropdown box: ‘COVID-19 Vaccination – third dose for immunocompromised patients’ and include one of the following in the free text box as appropriate:
Select the appropriate immunocompromised category:
Submit your invoice using the following fee schedule (GST inclusive):
See the link to the POAC website for the full claiming instructions.
Proactive patient contact
We encourage GP and NP to proactively contact patients to discuss their potential eligibility for the third primary dose. Attached is a generic letter for you to adapt and send to patients who may be eligible, along with an attachment detailing the eligibility criteria.
Draft algorithm.xlsx [17.8 KB]
Please send feedback to Sarah.Hartnall@waitematadhb.govt.nz.