28 June 2021

PM offers GPs indemnity for AstraZeneca

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GPs will be offered medical indemnity insurance under a national scheme if they provide the AstraZeneca vaccine, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced.

Speaking at a press conference this evening, Morrison announced that GPs would be able to give the covid AstraZeneca vaccine to people of all ages.

When asked directly if under 40s could get the AstraZeneca covid vaccine, Morrison said:

“To get access to AstraZeneca, if they’re willing to take on that risk, if they wish to go and speak to their GP or their doctor and have access to the AstraZeneca vaccine, they can do so. So the answer is yes, they can go and do that.”

During the press conference, he also said: “Now, the ATAGI advice talks about a preference for AstraZeneca to be available, and made available to those as preferred for those over 60, but the advice does not preclude persons under 60 from getting the AstraZeneca vaccine,” Morrison said.

“And so if you wish to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, then we would encourage you to go and have that discussion with your GP, and we’ve already made announcements to support those additional consultations with the GPs so you can have that conversation.”

“And secondly, we are also providing the indemnity scheme for those general practitioners, so they can actively engage with you, and you can make the best decision for your health.”

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