Online appointment booking and directory service HealthEngine has been chosen to build the booking platform for the federal government’s COVID-19 Vaccination Information and Booking Service. 

Cancer Australia has released the first evidence-based information about the COVID-19 vaccines for people affected by cancer. The responses to 25 frequently asked questions from people with cancer and those affected by cancer are based on the latest evidence from around the world. Details at
www.canceraustralia.gov.au/covid-19-vaccine-and-cancer

A global philanthropic organisation has backed an Australian-led bid to develop a Strep A vaccine which could save millions of lives around the world, contributing US$5.3 million. The trial is coordinated by the Australian Strep A Vaccine Initiative, a partnership between the Telethon Kids Institute and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

The RACGP is inviting GP and GP Registrar researchers to apply for a college Foundation Grant. The program enables general practice research, providing an evidence base to inform and improve practice and patient outcomes. The RACGP will distribute up to $450,000 and applications close on May 3. Apply at foundation.racgp.org.au/grants

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has started publishing reports each Wednesday into suspected side effects or adverse events from COVID-19 vaccines.