SA Medical Association calls on government to allow GPs to administer COVID-19 vaccines – SABC News

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has reiterated its call on the government to work to allow general practitioners (GPs) to administer COVID-19 vaccines – saying the move will help accelerate the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines. injections.

Currently, the public can only receive COVID-19 vaccines and boosters from a designated public or private vaccination site. The president of the SAMA is doctor Angélique Coetzee.

“We need to sit down with the National Department of Health, they need to sort out their issues or they are going to lose GPs. If you look at current vaccination rates, that’s not where it’s supposed to be and there are a lot of patients that we’ve seen, when they come into your practice and you ask them why they’re not vaccinated – not much that they are anti-vaxxers – but i can promise you that if i have a vaccine in my cabinet and i say i have it here can i poke you quick? They will let me do it. So we are losing a number of patients, especially those with comorbidities, that you can motivate into your surgery. »

National Department of Health Responds to SAMA’s Call

The National Department of Health says it is working on the challenges facing General Practitioners (GPs) – who are ready to start administering Covid19 vaccines. This follows SAMA’s calls for the government to allow GPs to administer COVID-19 vaccines – saying the move would help speed up the uptake of vaccines.

Currently, the public can only receive COVID-19 vaccines and boosters from a designated public or private vaccination site. The acting chief director of the Department of Health is Dr. Lesley Bamford.

“We are aware of the issues. I understand there have been discussions with SAMA about what is an administrative but very important step. We cannot provide vaccines to anyone who raises their hand and says they are a GP. We need a verification process to verify that the person is a GP and meets vaccination requirements.

SA may have slight increase in COVID-19 infections in coming weeks: SAMA

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) estimates that South Africa will see an uptick in COVID-19 infections in the coming weeks as the festive season draws to a close.

Coetzee earlier in the month said they also expected the reopening of schools to contribute to the rise in infections over the coming weeks.

Coetzee says: “I think we’ll see a slight increase, not a huge one, especially in a week or two after schools start, and then I think it will come down again.”

“A lot of people have been infected with omicron without them even knowing it and the people I’ve seen in my own surgery that they don’t tend to go for testing as easily anymore, they just accept it’s COVID -19 and I’m better and I’m not going to get tested. We just need to see what the next week or two brings to the numbers game,” adds Coetzee.

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