Health and Age article AUSTRALIAN doctors are taking a more aggressive stance on the issue of coronavirus vaccination than governments, with the Victorian Medical Association saying its members are taking their case-by-case approach to the issue.
The AMA’s chief executive, Dr Richard Smith, said there had been an increasing number of coronas reported in the past year and more cases were expected this year.
The AMA, which represents more than 100,000 Victorian doctors, said it was concerned that the current coronaviruses could be reintroduced.
“This is a public health emergency.
We need to do everything we can to make sure that we have the best vaccine we can,” he said.
Dr Smith said the Victorian government had already made decisions about how best it would vaccinate its citizens.
“[They’ve] got a lot of choices,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne’s 7:30 program.
“They’ve got the option of giving it to a certain age group, or it can be given to a specific age group.”
“If you look at the number of people that are in the public health system, they’re all older than 65.
What we need to look at is what the best way to make this happen is,” Dr Smith said.
“What are the best choices for a given age group that we’re trying to help out?”
The more the better.
“Dr Simon Williams, who chairs the Victorian Health Council, said his group had also begun to develop recommendations for how best the state should vaccinate patients.
He said Victorian hospitals should offer the vaccine to patients at home, and the state government should offer it to hospitals as well.
There is no evidence of a link between the coronaviral illness and vaccination, he said, and there was no reason to believe that the virus would spread if the vaccine were given to people who were already healthy.
It is also likely that the coronAVirus could be spread via food, Dr Williams said.
He said he hoped that in future, Victorian health authorities would be more diligent about monitoring coronavires in people’s homes.
In the past week, the Victorian coroner has declared coronaviremia a global health emergency, calling for more than 300,000 coronavuses to be tested in the state.
A report published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, which advises the government on public health policy, recommends the state follow the example of other states and allow people to opt out of vaccinations.
But the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he was not interested in following in other states lead.”
I’m not interested to follow the lead of other countries.
The best way for us to do it is to be very, very careful about it,” he was quoted as saying by the ABC.
While the Victorian Government has acknowledged that coronavirosts could be passed on to people living near hospitals, it has refused to confirm or deny the existence of such a link.
Vaccination coverage in Victoria will increase, with more than 40,000 children and young people receiving a dose in the next 12 weeks.