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Mandatory reporting of Japanese encephalitis virus vaccines to the Australian Immunisation Register began on 21 December 2022

From 21 December 2022, vaccination providers must report all Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) vaccines administered to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers from China, Hong Kong and Macau

See details on the pre-departure testing requirement for COVID-19 for people travelling to Australia from China, including Hong Kong and Macau.

End of the COVIDSafe data period.

The Minister for Health has determined the end of the COVIDSafe data period effective from 16 August 2022. All COVIDSafe app data has now been deleted from the National COVIDSafe Data Store. 

Travellers from China required to undertake COVID-19 testing before travel

The Australian Government will introduce pre-departure testing for COVID-19 for people travelling to Australia from the People’s Republic of China.

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly’s interview on ABC News Breakfast on 29 December 2022.

Read the transcript of Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly’s interview on ABC News Breakfast on COVID-19.

Ensure you are protected against measles and polio before going overseas

A statement from Professor Paul Kelly, Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, outlining the importance of vaccination against measles and polio.

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Newsletter 14 December 2022

What’s new: 2023 COVID-19 Guidance and Supports for Aged Care, Access to the National Medical Stockpile - PPE and RATs and more.

Access to PCR testing from 1 January 2023

The Australian Government is committed to supporting effective COVID-19 testing to limit the spread and ensure that those most at risk of severe disease have fast access to care and treatments.

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Newsletter 5 December 2022

What’s new: Recording of COVID-19 aged care update webinar, Festive season resources for providers and more.

COVID-19 antivirals prevent severe illness and death

A statement from Australia's acting Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd AM, on COVID-19 antiviral treatments.
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