From 1 March, the Australian Government will require ALL vaccination providers, including community pharmacies, to report influenza vaccinations to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), with all other National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccinations to be reported from 1 July.
Under the COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy of all COVID-19 vaccinations will also be mandatory once the rollout commences, including for participating pharmacies.
If you need assistance, please contact the Business Support team at your local Guild Branch.
Because the authentication technology Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) currently used to submit claims and data to Services Australia is being replaced by PRODA (PROvider Digital Access).
PRODA is the Australia Government’s new online verification and authentication system that pharmacies will use to securely access a range of government online services, including:
How do I view AIR Vaccination Records?
At this stage, if immunisation providers in your pharmacy need to view the AIR to check a person’s vaccination history, they need to do this via HPOS using their PRODA account which has been linked to your pharmacy’s AIR-linked PRODA Organisation account.
How do I report vaccination records to AIR?
From 1 March 2021 it is mandatory for influenza and COVID vaccinations to be reported to AIR and it will be mandatory for all other vaccinations from 1 July 2021. This is typically done via a pharmacy’s clinical management software, such as GuildCare or MedAdvisor. Pharmacies without clinical management software will need to manually upload vaccinations to AIR using HPOS and their PRODA account details.
Many pharmacies will already have a PRODA account to support their pharmacy’s dispense uploads to the My Health Record (MHR). If your pharmacy is already registered with PRODA, a notification will appear on-screen when you first start the registration process (Step 2 above). However, you will need to complete Steps 3, 4 and 5 (above) to ensure all your pharmacy’s vaccination activities are reported to AIR.
Please ensure you keep up to date through your local Guild Branch and contact your local Guild Business Support team for further assistance.
The Guild is currently aligning its Member resources with updated Service Australia recommendations and will provide further detail on timelines, registration requirements and troubleshooting issues. Branches will be updated when details are available.