Beaudesert has plenty of COVID vaccines as fear sees fewer people willing

FEAR: There has a been a downturn in the number of locals lining up for the COVID vaccine.
FEAR: There has a been a downturn in the number of locals lining up for the COVID vaccine.

AFTER changes to the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout triggered by a link to blood clots, medical experts have called for common sense to prevail.

Beaudesert GP Michael Rice said there had been some confusion and misinformation online leading to a slight downturn in the number of people booking in for the vaccine at Beaudesert Medical Centre, where 400 doses a week have been allocated.

"There was some wrong information about availability, suggesting clinics did not have the vaccine but in our area that information has now been corrected," he said.

"We do have the vaccine and I would encourage anyone eligible to get in touch with their GP and get vaccinated.

"The Astrazenica vaccine is effective and just as good as any other vaccine."

With flu jabs also now available, Dr Rice said timing could also be an issue.

"We have to wait two weeks between the flu and COVID vaccines," he said.

"I would advise people over 50 who are eligible for COVID vaccination to have that one first."

The Australian Medical Association urged Queenslanders with questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines to speak to a GP who knows their medical history and can provide individual advice.

AMA Queensland president Professor Chris Perry said it was understandable that people may be confused by changing vaccine information but it was important to follow the latest expert scientific advice.

"The latest vaccine recommendations take into account the changing situation in Europe and the UK," Prof Perry said.

Prof Perry said it was important to note that the AstraZeneca vaccine remained highly effective at preventing death and severe illness among people who have contracted COVID-19 and the incidence of the reported blood-clotting syndrome was very rare.

"However, current advice is that the AstraZeneca vaccine should only be used in adults under 50 where the benefits clearly outweigh the risk," he said.

"We all need to make an informed decision about which vaccine to have, based on an understanding of the risks and benefits and with guidance from our GP."

RACGP President Dr Karen Price encouraged people in the over 50 age bracket to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated.

Dr Price said the Astrazenica vaccine would save lives and issued a warning about anti-vaxxers spreading misinformation.

"Our vaccine rollout has to evolve based on new information and this can create a sense of uncertainty," she said.

"Anti-vaxxers will try and take advantage of this uncertainty to spread suspicion, anxiety and fear. So instead of listening to them, heed expert advice - including from your GP.

"Remember, we are available to answer any questions and have your best interests at heart."

Dr Rice agreed, urging Scenic Rim residents to make sure they are getting information about the vaccine from a reputaple source.

"These would include your GP, Queensland Health and the Australian government," he said.