I, like you, and like everyone else except rabid anti-vaxxers (and hey, don’t worry, natural selection will eventually sort them out, it’s just that evolution is so damned slow) will doubtless welcome the much-anticipated Covid vaccine with open arms. But not necessarily with an open surgery door.
Look, I get why some might think, like the BMA, that general practice will play a significant part in administering the Covid jab. I mean, clearly, if there’s something virally strange in the neighbourhood, and Ghostbusters are busy, who you gonna call? We ain’t afraid of no Covid. And, bravery aside, there’s a very long list of reasons why we really are ‘ideally placed’ on this occasion: we have a proud vax-track record, being licensed, trusted, persuasive, accessible and organised and experienced enough to sort out a call/recall programme.
In other words, unlike certain governments you might like to mention, we can actually organise a piss-up in a brewery.
But. Hang on. This is the mother of all vaccination programmes. And I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of busy already. Of course, there will be financial support, but that discounts all the stress of actually accessing those funds and then magicking them into staff, systems and space to undertake jab-in-the-Armageddon, while carrying on with everything else.
There’s also the risk that what some might imagine would make us look indispensible to the NHS (being Ninja jabbers) might actually make us appear underemployed and overpaid (‘Lazy GPs demand Covid cash to give jab’ to save any headline writers out there the bother).
So, thanks for asking, but nah. Love to help, but I’m busy. Leave this one to the Government. What could possibly go wrong? On second thoughts, do you still have that Ghostbusters phone number…
Dr Tony Copperfield is a GP in Essex. Read more of Copperfield’s blogs at http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/views/copperfield