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The people in line to receive the COVID jab from Monday

He was frustrated that a national list of GPs giving vaccinations was difficult for him to find online on Wednesday, and instead called his GP directly.

“It took me 30 minutes before I found it,” he said of the list. “I thought ‘this is too hard’.”

Mr Guthrie now expects to be on a waiting list at Ripponlea Medical Centre for at least three weeks before he secures an appointment.

“It’s not only a medical benefit but there’s a travel benefit as well,” he said.

Gitika Sanghvi, owner of Alcaston Dental Care in Melbourne’s CBD, said she was grateful to be in a priority vaccination group and to join frontline health workers, who were vaccinated earlier during phase 1a.

Melbourne dentist Gitika Sanghvi

Melbourne dentist Gitika SanghviCredit:Jason South

“Essentially we are health workers as well; we have a lot more bodily fluids in the air when we are working,” Ms Sanghvi said.

“I am really excited to get it.“

She said dentists felt safe doing their job once COVID-19 cases fell. Now she feels more at risk on public transport or in supermarkets than while wearing PPE at work.

“I will be more relieved to walk around in the community when I get a vaccination,” she said.

Ms Sanghvi hopes the vaccination rollout will stop another lockdown occurring.

“We have a huge backlog, as have a lot of other practices. Ideally, we just get to continue to go as normal and catch up,” she said.

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