There are two brands of vaccine available in Australia. The TGA (Therapeutic Goods Association) has advised GPs (the experts) not to mention brand names. ***BREAKING NEWS – common sense has prevailed!*** In the meantime, every man, woman, child, and organisation has been mentioning brand names morning, noon, and night. The vaccine now available in General Practice has a slightly increased risk of blood clotting issues in certain groups. This risk is small, and especially small when viewed next to the medical (and economic) effects of COVID. Apparently the government deems general practice important in vaccine rollout, and so they have an eight page pdf requesting expressions of interest for General Practices to roll out the other brand of vaccine, starting in October.

Their Plan:

Here’s my plan:

A crack group of GPs will identify the governments super secret vaccine storage repository
We will broadcast government messaging to the guards
That will ensure sleep
The place will be unlocked because no one in government adheres to their own probity or privacy standards (failing that I will just have a few drinks and get security to let me in to sleep it off)
Chuck the lot into refrigerated trucks
Then we have 31 days to distribute it
Everyone who wants one gets one

– are you over 16, show Medicare card
– any contraindications – HITS etc, anaphylaxis etc, previous dose etc
– are you or could you be pregnant
– if go, jab, observe 15 mins


There is a saying, ‘the fellow who sticks the fork in the socket should get the shock’. If there is no feedback, how will behaviour ever change? Speaking of feedback, we know as doctors and educators, that feedback should be timely – certainly as a parent, giving feedback on behaviour weeks after is useless and even counterproductive. Therefore I suggest the following:

If the Fair Work Act is not fit for purpose (and doesn’t allow employment changes/conditions during a pandemic), then it goes or gets suspended. Blaming low paid, predominantly ethnic and female aged care workers for Melbourne’s latest issues is not giving the shock to the forkers (so to speak).

If a private company and public servants can’t or won’t immunise our elders and those who care for them, then they too can fork off and be replaced by the professionals who should have been funded and supported to do the job properly in the first place – GPs.

As for lockdowns, can we stop the media porn of politicians and unelected health bureaucrats pontificating from upon high. It’s not a daily spam session. What are the criteria (cases/immunisation levels/other) that need to be satisfied to move on? 7 million Victorians deserve better than a daily episode of Big Brother.

There are only two ways we are moving forward: those who want to get vaccinated get vaccinated and/or those who do not vote accordingly. Transparent targets should be set (have an Ethereum smart contract with preset limits ‘if vaccination rate = x%, then borders = open’). Vaccination should be VOLUNTARY and the friction involved should be minimal. When is the dead hand of bureaucracy going to get off the tiller?

*If you want it, get vaccinated here*

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now with new vaccines here to END the pandemic. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

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