Practice nurses want to administer the COVID-19 vax without direct GP supervision

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association is calling for changes to the vaccine MBS items
Geir O'Rourke
Karen Booth
Karen Booth.

Practice nurses say they should be free to give COVID-19 vaccines under Medicare without the presence of GP, declaring direct supervision is no longer necessary for the rollout.

The requirement is tied to the coronavirus vaccine items for general practice, which demand that a doctor must be “physically present” to claim a rebate even though the actual consult and administration of the vaccine can be done by a nurse.