'My patients fear the vaccine': GP says bookings are drying up

Many GPs, like Dr Jamal Rifi, are dealing with patients hesitant to be vaccinated amid news that the AstraZeneca vaccine is linked to rare blood clots

Dr Jamal Rifi estimates that during the first three weeks of the vaccine rollout in general practice his team was administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to 70 patients a day.

Dr Jamal Rifi.

It was a hectic time and it was expected that the numbers were going to increase dramatically as supplies improved and the community embraced the protection from the pandemic being offered.