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The AAP has more details on the home visit plan for generalist vaccines.
General practitioners have been given the green light to visit people at home or in care facilities for people with disabilities or the elderly, with the aim of accelerating the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine.
So far, 5.9 million vaccines have been administered nationwide, but there are concerns that many of Australians most vulnerable have not been vaccinated.
Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters on Monday that the government had reached an agreement with medical groups on a program to pay for home visits with a specific Medicare component.
Doctors could visit the elderly, frail or immobile in their homes or in residential facilities.
“These home visiting fees will exist to allow all of Australia’s more than 30,000 doctors to choose whether they want to be part of the program,” Hunt said.
The minister said all elderly care facilities had now received a first dose visit and 94% of facilities had received second dose visits.
Mobile clinics have also been deployed in care facilities for the elderly to offer those who initially disagreed with injections to receive them.
Victoria on Monday recorded two new local cases of Covid-19, two children who are close contacts of previous cases and have not been in the community while they were infectious.
Meanwhile, residents of a townhouse complex in Melbourne’s CBD have been ordered to self-isolate for up to a fortnight after authorities linked two cases of coronavirus living there.
Victoria Minister of Health Martin foley confirmed that a case reported on Saturday lives in the same Southbank townhouse complex as a worker from Arcare Maidstone, who previously contracted the virus through the elderly care facility.
Authorities believe the elderly care worker infected the man, in his 30s, in a common area of the low-rise complex, before testing positive.
“What we’re trying to do is outline the particular circumstances of this and make sure that if there are any chains of transmission, we identify them early and cut them off,” he said.
Nurses will be going door-to-door to ensure residents of the 100 townhouses are tested.