A doctor for the cameras – but nurses do heavy-lifting for vaccine rollout

A doctor for the cameras – but nurses do heavy-lifting for vaccine rollout
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When Prime Minister Scott Morrison received one of the first COVID-19 vaccines in Australia on Sunday, the cameras were eager to capture the doctor giving him the shot. Less in the public eye was the nurse who administered the first vaccine, given to aged care resident Jane Malysiak, a few minutes earlier.

The government and health authorities know that nurses are the true drivers of vaccination programs; Australia’s childhood vaccination program is the envy of the world, with 95 per cent uptake, and nurses are key to that success. Yes, we have our wonderful scientists and public health officials to guide us out of this pandemic, but when it comes to what happens on the ground, ensuring Australians are prepared, informed and comfortable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, nurses are the…



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