GPs not pharmacists best to give coronavirus vax, says AMA

Managing vaccine hesitancy will not be solved by letting pharmacists play a larger role in the rollout, warns vice president Dr Chris Moy

The AMA has criticised a potential expansion of pharmacists' role in the coronavirus vaccine rollout saying it will not help allay pockets of vaccine hesitancy in Australia.

Vaccine hesitancy had been a significant issue after extremely rare blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, said AMA vice president Dr Chris Moy.

"Patients really have needed that guiding hand of the general practitioner to be able to talk them through this that I'm not sure pharmacists do," he told ABC radio