Victorian general practitioners were alarmed over fake COVID-19 vaccine bookings of anti-vaxxers, noting that it can affect the slots of vulnerable patients.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) President Dr. Karen Price said that anti-vaxxers would do anything to derail the vaccination.
“Unfortunately, some GPs have reported people not showing up to bookings in the hope that the doses will be thrown out,” she said.
Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal, a Melbourne medical practitioner, stated that approximately 15 percent of vaccine appointments at his office were missed. While not everyone is an anti-vaxxer, there are ways to identify those who are.
“In our system, we can often spot it because we see rows of names, and they won’t put their Medicare card details in, so we can’t verify their health data,” Haikerwal said.
“We would call to confirm their visit … and they’d fill you with expletives, so we stopped bothering,” Haikerwal added.
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