Jemmima, General Practitioner
“I've been doing vaccine clinics all week,” says Jemmima, a General Practitioner. “People are really grateful and excited about it."
When the rollout first began at this Aboriginal health care centre in South Western Sydney, Elders from the local community and well-known doctors held ‘Clinical Yarns’ to answer people’s questions and concerns about the vaccine.
While misinformation, fear and lack of trust can often lead to hesitancy Jemmima says the support coming from Elders in the community is encouraging others to get vaccinated.
“We’ve done an excellent job at breaking down the barriers and enabling people to feel empowered in making their own autonomous, educated decision about whether or not they want to be vaccinated and then enabling that,” says Jemmima.
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"I miss having that personal
interaction with my patients."
As a doctor, Jemmima sees people of all ages, including babies and children. The pandemic has made it more difficult to see patients in person and this means more COVID swabs. But Jemmima will always try to reach her patients in the safest way possible.
“We will speak to them through telehealth, particularly in the current outbreak, and then if we have concerns, we'll bring them in,” says Jemmima.
“I will always see a kid. I'll put the whole thing [personal protective equipment] on and head outside into the carpark if needed. I miss having that personal interaction with my patients.”