Reliable information on COVID vaccine required for Aussie GPs

As millions of extra Pfizer vaccines arrive on our doorstep, information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout remains cloudy.

A new Healthed survey of almost 1000 practising GPs conducted only two weeks ago suggests GPs are unlikely to be trying to convince patients under 60 to have the AstraZeneca vaccine instead of Pfizer.

Almost half of the respondents (45.3%) believed there was not enough publicly available information from reliable sources to ensure patients under 60 could make an informed choice about having the AstraZeneca vaccine.

In addition, while more than three-quarters of the doctors in the survey said that these under-60 year old patients would most likely rely on information from their GP to make the decision about whether or not to have the AZ vaccine rather than wait for the Pfizer vaccine, almost one third of GPs (31.27%) said they did not feel sufficiently informed themselves to be able to adequately help their patients in this decision.

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