A top Australian doctor says the country has a “new problem” with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout – that a number of Australians have lost confidence in the jabs.
The President of the Australian Medical Association says the country has a "new problem" with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout - that a number of Australians have lost confidence in the jabs.
National Cabinet yesterday agreed to bring forward the country's next stage of the rollout, giving vaccine access to Australians over the age of 50 in a bid to ramp up jabs.
But Dr Omar Khorshid told Today he believes there was now a reluctance among some sectors of the population to get the vaccine.
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It comes as rare blood clots were found to be linked to AstraZeneca.
"Our problem in the past was a lack of vaccines, but just in the last week or so, we've got a new problem and that is Australians have lost confidence in the vaccines," Dr Khorshid said.
"So a real challenge for our governments, for our medical profession, is to actually get Australians to go into their GP, roll up their sleeve and get their vaccine."
The nation's state and medical leaders will meet twice a week to solve Australia's delayed coronavirus vaccine program.
The vaccine rollout overhaul will have immense political stakes for Prime Minister Scott Morrison, 9News political editor Chris Uhlmann told Today.
"When the Commonwealth tries to roll out large programs, it is not good at service delivery, never has been," Uhlmann said.
"We've seen this kind of problem before and now the states are being dragged into the tent ... they're the best placed to actually start delivering this kind of program.
"Whether or not we can do it remains to be seen. I'm sure the Prime Minister will be sweating it because if he gets vaccines wrong then this is a lose-your-government moment."
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Senator Jacqui Lambie said Australians were getting "tired" of vaccine setbacks.
"The sad thing is I think a lot of people have lost interest in it and lost confidence in the government over it and they've lost confidence in the whole vaccination thing itself which is really, really sad," she said.
Nearly 1.6 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Australia to date.
National Cabinet receives detailed health briefings on the progress of the rollout, including on the blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
"The only way we're going to get our own borders open or get our lives back to normal is to get our own vaccine program, not at the sort of 5 per cent of the population numbers that we're seeing around the world, but actually right up there to the whole population being vaccinated," Dr Khorshid said.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-australia-vaccine-people-lose-confidence-in-covid19-jabs/0be6dd39-fc8b-404b-a28c-c1e5370a1ee8