Some doctors are asking young Australians to cancel their Covid-19 vaccine reservations and warn that AstraZeneca should not be given to those under 40 because Scott Morrison’s comments on Monday do not align with expert medical advice.
The prime minister shocked doctors with another change in the government’s approach to AstraZeneca on Monday night, allowing those under the age of 40 to volunteer to get the vaccine at GP clinics.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners said it had been given “no warning” about the ad and was “scrambling” to find out what it meant for patients, while the Australian Medical Association said it would continue to endorse advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group Immunization (Atagi) – that Pfizer was the vaccine of choice for those They are in their sixties.
Queensland Premier Anastasia Pallaschuk also encouraged governments to follow Atage’s advice, while Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said opening AstraZeneca eligibility to those under 40 was not a decision by National Cabinet.
However, the confusing messages haven’t stopped younger Australians like Guy Moran, from Canberra, from acting on the bloc’s long-standing enthusiasm.
“I was confused about what [Morrison] “I can’t tell if he’s telling me I’m eligible or not,” Moran said on Tuesday. “But it became clear overnight and first thing this morning that this was a possibility, so I opened a second GP practice I attend regularly, called them.”
After some initial confusion from the GP clinic, Moran was able to book his AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday. She said she was excited to work on “vaccine impatience.”
But late on Tuesday afternoon, she received an email from the clinic, saying it would not provide the vaccine to anyone under the age of 60. He asked her to cancel the appointment and rebook if the advice changed.
“I have booked an appointment to discuss the AstraZeneca vaccination based on the comments made by the Prime Minister this morning [sic]Email said.
“Current advice from the Australian Immunization Technical Group is that the AZ vaccine should be given to patients over 60 years of age. The Pfizer vaccine is recommended for those under 60 years of age.
“We will adhere to this advice and will not give the AZ vaccine to anyone under 60, so if you wish to cancel your appointment, please do so. You can rebook with us if this advice changes.”
Moran, who wanted a vaccine before traveling to the remote Aboriginal community to do research, said she was left “in absolute disarray.”
“I was so excited,” she said. “With no Pfizer timetable for my age group, I am especially disappointed by the false hope.”
Her husband was booked for an AstraZeneca dose with the same clinic. Received the same email.
The doctors’ response was not isolated. Others on Twitter said they had received similar advice.
The AMA told The Guardian Australia that it has not issued any guidance to its members to cancel existing reservations for those under the age of 40.
“We have not issued any directive to the members,” said the association’s president, Dr. Omar Khurshid. “We support Atage’s position, but we also recognize that people can make their own health decisions.
“It may be so [the doctors] They try to wait and get guidance because this announcement was a little unfamiliar.”
However, other young Australians had no problem booking AstraZeneca on Tuesday.
Patrick Bennant, from Sydney, googled GP clinics nearby, found one offering AstraZeneca, booked it straight away, and was able to secure an appointment for Friday.
“I’ve been intending to vaccinate since the pandemic started, basically, because the only way to get through this is to self-vaccinate,” Beignante said.
“As soon as what I call a ‘marketing guy’ popped up last night and said ‘we’re open to under-40’, my first thought was ‘Yeah, cool, I’m going to book myself.'”
Bignante was not asked to rebook.
GP clinics in Melbourne have also reported a significant rise in demand.
Dr. Shea Wilcox said his team in Brunswick East vaccinated about 30 people under the age of 40 on Tuesday and booked another 50 on Wednesday.
“There has been strong interest from young people who are keen to get vaccinated,” he said. “We didn’t expect [the announcement]However, I certainly welcome that and feel that people in the younger age groups will also feel very comfortable that they can now have these vaccinations.”
He said Morrison’s announcement on Monday “wasn’t as straightforward as we’d hoped”.
“There is still some uncertainty from people who have been seeking more information from us today, which puts more of the burden on us to clarify,” he said.
Dr. Matthew Cardon, GP at Tweed Heads, said he had seen a slight increase in appointments, but said that may have been driven by concerns about the Delta version.
He said his clinic learned of the change “in real time” as it appeared in the news.
“It’s frustrating, we just need early, clear messages so we can be prepared to focus on the program as it evolves,” he said. “This is not happening.”