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GP vaccinations begin

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available at the Hamilton Medical Group for people in Phase 1B of the Australian Government’s coronavirus vaccination program.

Phase 1B includes elderly adults aged 70 and above; health care workers not included in Phase 1A; Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders 55 and over; adults with a specified medical condition; adults with a disability who have a specified underlying medical condition; and critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.

The AstraZeneca vaccine rollout began at the Hamilton Medical Group on Thursday and is free for everyone, with a current limit of 80 doses per week available until the government increases supply.

Hamilton Medical Group general practitioner, Jan Slabbert MBCHB, FRACGP, said there would be two clinics per week providing 40 doses at a time.

“Not too many people know about it but everyone that has booked so far has got in – the waiting list will blow out until the government increases the doses,” he said.

After 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were blocked to enter Australia by Italy earlier this month, Dr Slabbert said the clinic was “hoping to get 500 to 600 people vaccinated in a day but haven’t been given the vaccines (from the government) to do it”.

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