Sunday, December 5, 2021

Politicians’ talk on Covid vaccines ‘jamming’ GP phone lines

A Sydney GP has said her phone lines are “jammed” whenever a politician speaks up about the Covid-19 vaccine.
Dr Penny Adams told Today people should take their health advice from medical experts rather than political leaders.
“Every time a politician says something different about vaccination and COVID, our phone lines run wild,” she said.
“It’s got to the stage where our phone lines have been jammed and we can’t even use our phones to call out anymore when there’s a new announcement.”
However, she said it was a good thing people were calling in to check with their doctor what they should do.
“I am seeing a lot of patients who are coming in and wanting to make a separate appointment to talk through the vaccine options and what they should do,” Dr Adams said.
“I’m actually very gratified by the trust that people have for their family GP in this complex time.”
She reassured people that doctors were keeping up to date with the health advice and messaging around the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.
The confusion around Australia has increased after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced early this week that AstraZeneca eligibility would be extended to all Australian adults.
The health advice is still for AstraZeneca to be reserved for over-60s due to the increased – though still extremely low – risk of a rare blood clotting disorder for younger people.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young both slammed Mr Morrison’s decision, with Dr Young claiming it would put lives at risk.
Dr Adams said she backed the health advice.
“You might be living in a household where you’ve got people who are immuno-compromised or people who are younger,” she said.
“If you are keen to get the AstraZeneca rather than wait – and it’s nebulous when the Pfizer is going to come for younger people, you should see your GP and talk through your individual situation.
“But I think basically we should stick to the guidelines.”
She said she had recommended her three adult children, all aged under 40, wait for the Pfizer vaccine.
However, she said, if somebody had received an initial AstraZeneca jab, they should get the second, regardless of age.

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