Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, on the advice of AstraZeneca, claimed that the GP had not postponed participation in the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine program.
And to any doctor who might be worried about being sued if it is given to a young person, he says a vaccine compensation agreement is already in place.
Deployment was confused after concerns about blood clotting were raised last week after health officials recommended that the AstraZeneca vaccine be given only to Australians over the age of 50.
Hunt said the GP had “flocked” to participate in next week’s vaccine program.
However, there are reports that doctors are concerned that giving young people astraZeneca jabs could result in complaints in the event of problems.
Hunt said Pfizer is preferred by people under the age of 50, but AstraZeneca is available subject to medical discussions between doctors and patients.
He told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday.
“Australia already has a vaccine compensation agreement. I’m saying this on behalf of the government and on behalf of our legal advice. Doctors don’t have to worry.”
Omar Holschild, President of the Australian Medical Association, said maintaining public confidence in the vaccine program is important to Australia’s future.
“Your family doctor will give you the best advice on any drug or vaccine,” he said.
“They provide you with what they believe they have medical benefits and explain the risks and benefits of being treated or not.”
This is because the federal government has stated that the vaccine program deployment schedule has not changed and is inconsistent with one of the senior ministers.
Trade Minister Dan Taehan told Sky News Sunday Agenda Program The government’s goal is to have all Australians inject at least one dose of the vaccine by the end of the year., After being left in the air last week.
“It’s definitely a goal, and it’s a goal we set for all Australians to have doses by the end of the year,” said Tehan.
But just a few hours later, a government spokesperson told AAP that the government’s position hadn’t changed since last week.
“We are waiting for further advice from medical professionals on potential timeframes, but our goal is to ensure that all Australians are vaccinated as soon as possible,” said a spokesman. Said.
Workers blame lack of vaccine trading
Labor health spokesman Mark Butler said the government should have secured more vaccine deals to ensure backup plans in the event of a situation like AstraZeneca.
“We are in a very difficult situation right now,” Butler told ABC’s insider program.
“Australia is far behind schedule for vaccine deployment, not the top 100 countries in the world, and these unexpected events surrounding the AstraZeneca vaccine make the bad situation much worse. “
But Mr Hunt said the government followed the advice of health professionals.
“There is no existing advice they didn’t follow,” he said.
Taehan will embark on a “vaccine diplomacy” trip to Europe starting Wednesday.
He speaks with the European Union and ministers of France, Germany and Brussels.
“I will also meet with the Executive Director of the World Trade Organization to discuss what can be done to secure vaccine supplies not only in Australia but globally,” Taehan said.
There were no new cases of COVID-19 community infection reported on Sunday.
Queensland Prime Minister Anastasia Parasekuk said it is believed to have a historic connection to the recent Byron Bay cluster and is under investigation, adding that there is no risk to the community.