Why a doctor has ‘reservations’ about some medical professionals giving out COVID-19 jab
As Australia moves closer to dispensing COVID-19 vaccines, debate has ignited about who should be allowed to administer the jabs.
Nurses are pushing for permission to dispense COVID-19 vaccinations at general practices, to ease the burden on doctors, while pharmacists may also be permitted to administer them.
Emergency physician and former AMA Victoria vice-president, Dr Stephen Parnis, says he has “no problem” with the proposal for nurses to give the vaccines.
But he has “more reservations” about pharmacists administering vaccines.
“The pharmacists … only started doing it recently and it’s always been a question of what levels of expertise and training they’ve had for when things don’t go smoothly,” he told Ross and Russel.
“But, as I said, you’ve got 50 million doses to give out here.
“When you’re trying to give two doses to 25 million people you need all hands on deck!
“It’s so important … because vaccination is the only thing that’s going to change the game.”
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