New locally acquired case in Byron Bay; enhanced COVID-safe measures apply.
NSW Health was notified overnight of a new locally acquired case of COVID-19 in northern NSW and enhanced COVID-safe measures will apply to the local government areas of Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council from 5pm today (Wednesday).
While urgent investigations and contact tracing are ongoing, NSW Health is adopting a cautious approach to minimise the risk of further transmission.
As of 5pm today, Wednesday 31 March, the following rules will apply to the local government areas of Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council:
- Mask wearing will become compulsory on public transport, in retail stores, and in all public indoor settings
- the one person per 4 square metre rule will apply at all public indoor settings including hospitality venues
- the number of household visitors will be capped at 30 including holiday rental properties.
These restrictions will remain in place until 11:59pm on Monday 5 April, when the community will be updated.
In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak in Brisbane and the recent visit to Byron Bay by infectious individuals, please check the NSW Health website for new case locations and alerts and precautions.
If you have been to any of the case locations within the time frames listed, please contact me before attending an appointment, and observe the NSW Health guidelines on testing and/or self-isolation.
COVID-19 Vaccination program.
There are several different types of COVID-19 Vaccines. It is important to have access to reliable, evidence-based information about the vaccination program, to make informed choices.
The Australian Government has signed agreements for 3 of these different types
- Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine – messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine
- AstraZeneca ChAdOx1-S COVID-19 vaccine – vector vaccine
- Novavax Vaccine – protein subunit vaccine
Currently there are reports regarding the AstraZeneca Vaccine, with 40 cases out of the over 17 million people vaccinated having blood clots. It has not been proven that the vaccine was the cause but several European countries have chosen to temporarily pause the roll out of this vaccine.
The Subcommittee of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety for the World Health Organisation is currently reviewing and assessing the latest safety data and will communicate the findings as soon as they are available.
Today (19/3/2021), The European Medicines Agency (EMA)- ”The mission of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is to foster scientific excellence in the evaluation and supervision of medicines, for the benefit of public and animal health in the European Union (EU).” has assessed the AstraZeneca vaccine to be safe and not the cause of the blood clots that have been reported.
Several European countries have already recommenced using the AstraZeneca Vaccine since the EMA handed down its findings.
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) continues to monitor overseas data and information from Europe, in particular, regarding this vaccine. There have been no cases of blood clots in any Australian who has received the AstraZeneca vaccine to date and recommendations are to continue with the vaccination program.
The Mayo Clinic in the USA has published useful information on the 3 different types of vaccines- messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine, vector vaccine, protein subunit vaccine and their mechanism of action.
As registered practitioners, we owe it to our patients to be able to offer credible information from reputable, proven sources so they are able to make an informed choice. The vaccine is voluntary, a choice that we all will need to make and that choice should be made with as much knowledge and proven, accurate information as possible.
Under the National Health Practitioner Regulation Law, registered practitioners from the 16 registered health professions (which includes Acupuncturists and Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioners), are obligated to participate in efforts to promote the health of the community through disease prevention.
Each of the registered health professions has strict Codes of Conduct that govern the way registered practitioners must practise and AHPRA has confirmed that promoting or advertising any anti–vaccination messages or claims in any forum will be investigated and may lead to regulatory action.
As of today, 23 November 2020, NSW Health has introduced mandatory electronic check-in of clients for all Registered COVID-Safe businesses. This is done by using a unique QR code assigned to the business. Accordingly, I have my QR code on display at the entrance to my practice.
To save time at your appointment, please download the Service NSW app to your phone. You can then scan the QR code from within the app to check in easily and efficiently.
From Monday, 10 August it will be a condition of entry to my practice that you use hand sanitiser on arrival. If you prefer, you can use the hand washing facilities, on condition you use hot water, hand wash and disposable paper towels provided.Continue reading “COVID-19 Update #6; 9 August 2020”
If you are/have been unwell, with ‘flu-like symptoms, or if you have visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days, or have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, please contact me, and do not attend your appointment until we have first discussed the situation.
Acupuncture and Massage Therapy are both among the activities permitted by the NSW Health Authorities.Continue reading “COVID-19 update #4, 24 April 2020”
As of this morning, Tuesday, 31 March, there are now stricter conditions on social gathering and distancing.Continue reading “COVID-19 update #3, 31 March 2020”
Wednesday, 25 March, 09:00
The Prime Minister’s Office latest containment measures, to apply from 11:59 (local time), 25 March 2020.Continue reading “COVID-19 update #2, 25 March 2020”
Sunday, 22 March, 22:00
The latest offical status, from the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, regarding the list of businesses to shut down from midday tomorrow, Monday, 23 March:Continue reading “COVID-19 update #1, 22 March 2020”