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Premier Anastacia urges Commonwealth to expand GP vaccination network

Queensland’s Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk will ask Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the national cabinet to increase the number of GPs who can supply COVID-19 vaccines.

Ms. Palaszczuk said the vaccines needed to set up a mass vaccination center, Queensland has not received yet.

Ms. Palaszczuk said that “However, I made a proposal to the federal government about whether I could expand the GP network, which is understandable to me.”

She added that “GPS are now doing [the flu] immunization and perhaps – when we will have more supplies of vaccine- the federal government could expand that GP network further.”

“The federal government said they would monitor the idea and report back to the national cabinet.”

Queensland’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout was originally provided by state government hospitals and health networks, but GPs began to play an expanded role.

Since last month, all state premiers have begun meeting with federal government representatives twice a week to further consolidate the vaccine rollout.

Ms. Palaszczuk said she believed that having more doctors able to provide the COVID-19 vaccine would be effective.

She said that “People feel more comfortable talking to the local GP as they know their GP.”

“I understand this time. This is the best way to encourage people to get vaccinated … check out their local GP, who knows your personal history.”

She said people must consent before taking the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has worked well with local GPs.

“And it’s very essential that people give that history to their local GPs,” she said.

In the second half of 2021 Queensland due an additional dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

“It’s towards the end of the year that we’re going to see more quantity, more supply,” Ms. Palaszczuk said.

“And that’s when we’re going to be getting ready to do more [vaccination] centers.”

Ms. Palaszczuk said federal planners needed to be aware that Queensland’s population was spread to a larger state.

“It’s not like Sydney and Melbourne, where the population is highly concentrated in these major cities,” she said.

“We need to make sure we are looking at all the options.”

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