Australia's general practices to help with Covid vaccine rollout

Australia healthcare news

Sarah Peddie

Local general practices in Australia will participate in the next phase of administering the coronavirus vaccine rollout. 

More than 4,500 accredited general practices will help with Phase 1b of the country’s Covid-19 rollout. 

Phase 1b off the vaccine rollout includes vulnerable individuals like older people and people who have certain underlying conditions.

The plans were announced by Minister for Health Greg Hunt with the collaboration of the Australian Medical Association, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Vaccinations will start on staggered dates and dosage allocation will depend on vaccine availability.

Minister Hunt said: “More than 1,000 general practices will commence from the week of 22 March 2021, with a rapid scale up over the following four weeks. This will ensure an efficient and equitable distribution of vaccines across the country.”

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General practices will now play a major role in delivering the vaccine to the Australian population.

President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), Dr Omar Khorshid said “General Practitioners (GPs) have a proven track record with flu vaccination of older Australians and those living with chronic disease who will make up the bulk of the Phase 1B rollout.”

“It is very pleasing to see the majority of GPs putting up their hands to participate in this critical national program,” Dr Khorshid said.

“General practice is highly accessible for people and has helped Australia achieve some of the highest rates of vaccination in the world.”

“Patients see their GP for trusted advice and support and rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine through general practice is the best way to encourage the community to get vaccinated.”

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