COVID-19 preparedness

COVID-19 preparedness

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people infected with the virus will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions are more likely to develop serious illness. ATAGI notes an increase of COVID-19 cases across Australia since November 2023 and encourages all people who have not received a 2023 booster to do so as soon as possible.


Current recommendations for COVID-19 doses

COVID-19 vaccination program

New or recommencing practices - contact Murray PHN. Changes to vaccine products or removing access to vaccines (to reduce stock reporting) can be made in the COVID-19 Vaccine Administration System (CVAS). Sites wishing to withdraw should also contact Murray PHN.


  • To view your current vaccine products, use the ‘View Existing Vaccine Access’ button.
  • To submit a request for access to a new vaccine, navigate to the ‘Manage Account’ tab, click the ‘Update Vaccine Access’ button and follow the prompts.
  • Need more vaccine? If you urgently require additional stock, you can reach out to any nearby vaccination sites administering COVID-19 vaccines who may have excess doses available.

Aged care, disability and homebound in-reach

ATAGI recommends a COVID-19 booster for people:

  • 65 years and over
  • 8-64 years who have medical comorbidities that increase their risk of severe COVID-19
  • With a disability with significant or complex health needs.

Local Public Health Units have ceased vaccination activity, which means vaccines will continue to be administered in residential aged care and disability homes principally by primary care providers.

  • MBS items for visits to a residential aged care facility, residential disability facility, or a patient’s home.
  • If your general practice can provide in-reach clinics, please let Murray PHN know e:

COVID-19 antivirals

The oral antiviral treatments can be used by eligible adults who do not require initiation of oxygen due to COVID-19 and who are at increased risk of hospitalisation or severe disease.

Department of Health and Aged Care information:

Keep up-to-date with HealthPathways information

Murray HealthPathways aims to guide best practice assessment and management of common medical conditions, including when and where to refer patients, with guidance on what information is needed. See:

Ensure emergency contact details are up-to-date

So that Murray PHN can assist in coordinating support with government agencies during an emergency, make sure to let us know who your emergency contacts are via your Quality Improvement Consultant or:

Page last updated: 2 February 2024

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