COVID-19 vaccination roll-out

17 February 2021

ANZCA President Dr Vanessa Beavis has written to authorities in Australia and New Zealand seeking assurances that anaesthetists working with known and suspected COVID-19 patients and with critical care patients will be prioritised in the vaccination roll-out. 

In her letter to the co-chairs of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) Associate Professor Chris Blyth and Professor Allen Cheng, Dr Beavis explained that throughout the pandemic, anaesthetists and trainees have regularly been called on to intubate and resuscitate COVID-19 and suspected COVID-19 patients and play a vital role in primary and back-up resuscitation and intubation teams alongside intensive care and emergency medicine colleagues. 

Dr Beavis has also written to New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield seeking clarification on the vaccination roll-out plan.

Last updated 16:16 17.02.2021