Coast vaccine roll-out issues have plagued several GP clinics. Picture: Brendan Radke
Coast vaccine roll-out issues have plagued several GP clinics. Picture: Brendan Radke

Coast’s top GP slams ‘ludicrous’ vaccine rollout issues

Sunshine Coast GPs are struggling with a sloppy rollout of COVID-19 vaccine shipments.

Sunshine Coast Local Medical Association president Dr Roger Faint said a shipment of 50 vaccinations to his Buderim Marketplace Medical Centre arrived late on March 29 and when opened, were found to be too warm.

He said they were set to throw out the shipment when the health department advised it was still safe to use them.

Dr Faint said another local practice had a shipment of 80 vaccinations not arrive.

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He said admin staff were copping some backlash from patients frustrated at their inability to be vaccinated.

Dr Faint said communications were "very poor" from the federal government and some orders were reportedly just being left at the front door of practices, without regard for the need to keep a continuous cold chain of supply for the doses.

"It's quite ludicrous and quite amazing really," Dr Faint said.

Sunshine Coast Local Medical Association president Dr Roger Faint.
Sunshine Coast Local Medical Association president Dr Roger Faint.

He said it was easier to order and track a dozen wine bottles than it was the life saving vaccine at present.

Dr Faint said his team had already delivered more than 300 influenza vaccinations while only able to give one COVID-19 vaccine a day for each doctor, as the rollout crawled along.

The federal government was still waiting on 3.1 million AstraZeneca doses which Prime Minister Scott Morrison said had been blocked.

The European Union has denied claims it was responsible for the blocking of the shipment to Australia.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said he was aware of delays and issues with "a number of local clinics" related to the vaccination rollout.

He said 1000 GP clinics were on board nationally and a further 3000 were set to come on.

Mr Wallace said the government was working its way through the logistic issues and he asked specific GP clinics to contact their federal MPs directly with any problems.

He asked people to be patient as the government negotiated what he said was a "logistic nightmare" given the size and nature of the task.



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