- May 1, 2009
Any reason why you consistently are negative on the proven GP channel? As I anticipated much earlier in the conversation, they are doing the heavy-lifting in spite of the difficulties.
They have done heavy lifting to date becuase they are the main channel Feds decided to supply vaccine to. Unless you are a HQ, Health or Emergency worker you havent had option to go to the hospitals giving the Pfizer.
Preferancing GP was based on flawed assumptions that everyone has a regular GP and can get time off work in business hours to visit one. Plus are not suitable for Pfizer.
Overseas they are achieving faster and more efficient roll-out via mass vac centres which have extended hours (not GP hours), many dont require appointments and less wastage due to scale. We should be learning from overseas sucesses and not making getting vaccinated more difficult than it needs to be.
If GP model is what everyone wanted there wouldn't be so many appointment vacancies. 1B is predominantly over 70s who dont work, but once 2A starts you are talking about working age people who need more accessible options.
The states have had to lobby for extra supply to be made available so they can set up alternatives - an ability to expand the hospital and clinics used for 1a workers to 1B (and eventually others). This is better option for lots of people, and i expect it will be the more popular choice with under 50s who dont have health issues.
Most working age people get flu shots at their worlkplace if offered, this channel has been totally ignored in the covid plan (unless you work at a hospital or in aged care). Its efficient and doesn't require people take time off. Much better option to have a nurse give at workplace, than a pharmacist at a chemist or have to do a bunch of paperwork to be set up in a GP practice you will likely never go to if not for fact that they were only local choice for a vaccine.