The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses received by the Queensland government has fallen as it diverts the Astra Zeneca vaccine to GPs.
The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses received by the Queensland government has fallen as the AstraZeneca vaccine is diverted to GPs.
Health minister Yvette D'Ath today defended the government against media reports that the state was receiving fewer doses, insisting the doses were still coming in but were being supplied to GPs.
"We are not ordering less, it's just our supply is going to GPs. There is no less AstraZeneca coming into Queensland for Queenslanders," she said.
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"The Queensland supply of AstraZeneca, instead of coming to the state government for our hubs, it is now going directly to GPs which is what GPs have been crying out for, they want more supply."
She said the decision to divert the doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to GPs came as a result of TGA advice recommending people under 50 receive the Pfizer vaccine instead.
The majority of frontline workers receiving the vaccine as part of the state-administered phase 1b cohort are under 50.
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"So, we have a much smaller need for AstraZeneca now and our GPs and respiratory clinics are doing the broader population that are eligible," she said.
A reduction in Pfizer doses on April 26 was due to 6700 doses being spoilt due to a breach of a cold-chain supply, she said. The doses were never delivered.
She said Pfizer hubs would be set up across the state from next week to continue the vaccine rollout to frontline workers.
Queensland has so far resisted setting up mass vaccination hubs, like ones in New South Wales and Victoria, with the premier last month saying the state did not have enough supply of the vaccine.
Ms D'Dath today again called on federal health minister Greg Hunt to support a GP rollout.
"We believe the best people to be delivering these vaccines to the people are our GPs," Ms D'Ath said.
"Many people will take whatever vaccine is on offer if their GP recommends it. Their GPs are the ones that give them confidence. Their GPs are the ones who are going to help them have that informed consent."
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said she was excited by news that 25 million doses of the Moderna vaccine was due to arrive in Australia starting at the end of September.
She said she had no concern that Queensland was not receiving its fair share of vaccine doses.
Queensland recorded zero new cases of COVID-19 today. There are 13 active cases across the state.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-queensland-vaccine-rollout-health-minister-yvette-dath-defends-gp-rollout-queensland-news/c6c40da7-879d-4c32-959e-caa2f7a88905