Queensland GPs fear patients will lose faith and reject COVID-19 jabos after repeated delivery problems.
Some doctors are forced to beg and borrow supplies from nearby hospitals and work on vacation at no extra charge to avoid canceling appointments and maintaining trust in the community.
“McDonald’s could do a better job with this deployment,” Kat McLean, a front-line physician and GP practitioner’s chair, said. Sunday mail.
“We have no guarantee of delivery. Vaccines will not be delivered when a vaccine is reserved for 1,000 people. How is this done?”
Deliveries will not take place across the state, said Dr. Bruce Willett, president of the Royal Australian College in Queensland, who runs the clinic in the Moreton area.
“I haven’t had any evidence of deliveries. There is no confidence in the supply,” he said.
Queensland recorded three COVID-19 cases yesterday, one of which was acquired locally. The new case is closely linked to Brisbane’s northern cluster, but authorities are not worried because he had spent infectious time in quarantine.
It comes when Queensland received 25,000 Pfizer vaccines on Thursday, when officials said the state had only three days to deliver.
Dr. McLean of the Haan Health Center and Respiratory Clinic in Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast said doctors jumped through the rims to overcome the chaos as communities trusted their local GPs.
“We are concerned that lack of organization and security of supply will undermine community confidence in the vaccination process,” he said.
Dr. McLean said already short supplies for phase 1b patients, including high-risk elderly, are used by front-line workers who have forgotten the 1a Pfizer vaccine.
And when Health Director Jeannette Young announced Friday that people living with front-line health workers will join the introduction of 1b, fears are growing that there will be increasing pressure on community doctors who are already starting to procure supplies.
“The weekly supply didn’t change on Monday, so we had to be proactive so we didn’t let patients down,” Dr. McLean said.
“We borrowed 1,000 servings from Gold Coast University Hospital. And now there is uncertainty about the next delivery.”
Although larger clinics are given 1000 doses per week, smaller general practitioners are given only 50 doses.
“GPs don’t make money through the vaccination program, but they’re dedicated to their patients and the burden of chaos has been thrown at them,” Dr. McLean said.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said 25,000 doses of Pfizer will last for the next two weeks.
“Remembering that we have had more than 21,123 vaccinations last week and that we now have 25,000 Pfizers … for the next two weeks,” he said.
“I suspect most of Pfizer will be used for second vaccinations because everyone who has already received their first vaccination will need this second dose.”
Ms D’Ath said there was no need for medical staff who needed suffering, saying Queensland was on the way.
“We’ve practically produced a 1a group that’s always added, so we’ll never stop it completely when new hotel quarantine workers come in,” he said.
“But we have practical readiness.”
More than 88,000 people have been vaccinated in Queensland to date.
Ms D’Ath said the stock was not on average for more than two weeks.
He said that if the government plans to speed up the vaccination of all health care workers, the supply will run out within days.
Dr. Willett said this week that he has had 10 times as many patients wanting shots as the number of bottles in his fridge.
“Supply is a constant cause of problems. Our weekly doses are literally lost within two hours on the day of the vaccine clinic,” he said.
The doctor has 20,000 patients and receives 100 doses a week.
“The policy of giving large amounts of vaccines to respiratory clinics doesn’t make sense,” Dr. Willett said.
“During the introduction of this risk group 1b, it has been recommended that patients be vaccinated by a team they know in their own GP.
“It would make more sense to distribute more vaccines to these practices.”
At the same time, the majority of COVID-19 patients treated at Princess Alexandra Hospital have been transferred out of the facility.
Health inspector Jeannette Young said officials are still trying to find out how both the hospital doctor and the nurse got the virus.
“We will not add more COVID cases to the PA at this time until we try to find out how this has happened because the first patient who led to the transplant and the second patient who led the infection were treated in both. The same room,” he said.
“We believe there may be a problem in or around a particular room.”
Originally released as a GP removal from vax deployment: “Macca could do better”