Vaccine rollout hits GP clinics
Dozens of Tasmanian GP clinics are among more than 1100 around the country set to deliver coronavirus vaccines in five days' time.
The Morrison Government has announced six million Australians are able book appointments for phase 1b of the vaccine rollout from Wednesday, with clinics to cater for them on a first-come, first-served basis.
Those aged over 70 as well as people with underling health conditions are among those in line for shots.
36 Tasmanian General Practice clinics are due to take delivery of the Astra Zeneca vaccine from Monday.
Federal Labor MP Brian Mitchell is complaining that just 5 GP clinics across his sprawling electorate of Lyons have been chosen to deliver the AZ jab, compared to 10 and 11 in the Liberal-held electorates of Bass and Braddon.
“My electorate has 12 municipalities in it and six have been left off the vaccination map completely,” Mr Mitchell said
“People living in the municipalities of the Derwent Valley, Southern Midlands, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Tasman, the Central Highlands and Kentish will be expected to travel long distances to be vaccinated, and that’s only if they can get a spot on the books.”
“I am writing to the Minister today to demand to know why a geographically large electorate like Lyons only warrants five clinics while a relatively small electorate like Bass, where most people live in Launceston, warrants 10."
But Liberal Member for Braddon Gavin Pearce denies there's an uneven rollout.
"The health advisors have advised us of exactly where those outlets should be and that's what we base our decision on, not like Mr Mitchell might say - trying to politicise this," he told Tasmania Talks on Wednesday.
People are encouraged to head to health.gov.au to check whether they're eligible for the next phase.