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COVID-19 vaccination in Australia

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Practice fundamentals
Infectious diseases


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life and has severely affected the global economy.

Mass vaccination is the only viable strategy for ending the pandemic and preventing further morbidity, mortality, and economic losses.  

This module provides an overview of COVID-19 vaccination in the Australian context. It outlines conventional vaccine technology and the novel methods employed in producing the COVID-19 vaccines. Detailed information about the vaccines with provisional approval for use in Australia is provided.

Finally, the module discusses the process of vaccine administration and general recommendations by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the basics of SARS-CoV-2 infection.
  • Describe the five main types of vaccines.
  • Outline the Australian Government’s vaccine procurement strategy.
  • Discuss key information about the four vaccines with provisional approval for use in Australia.
  • Advise on and administer COVID-19 vaccines to patients.

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