How people in Sydney are jumping vaccine queue
Popular website Health Engine is now helping consumers locate clinics with availability for the jab - but there's a catch.
Thousands of Australians facing long wait times for their COVID-19 vaccination are jumping the queue thanks to a new online tool.
Popular website Health Engine is now helping consumers locate clinics with availability for the jab within seconds.
Double Bay resident Pamela Stein, who has an auto-immune disorder, has been waiting for her appointment for almost a month.
"I put my name down at three different clinics and I didn't get a call back for three weeks," the 81-year-old told 9News.
"I think you're just lucky if you can get it done."
Experts say there's no lack of supply but finding out which clinics actually have the vaccine in stock is proving difficult.
"The problem is because they're being rolled out in different phases," Health Engine CEO Dr Marcus Tan said.
"It's not as easy to identify which are the ones who have actually got the vaccine."
Using the Health Engine website, 9News was able to find dozens of Sydney GP clinics with appointments available tomorrow in suburbs including Bondi Junction, Ashfield, Auburn, Cherrybrook and Northmead.
You don't have to be a current patient of the clinic, but you do have to be eligible as part of the current phase 1B rollout, which includes over 70s and people with underlying medical conditions.
For those who would rather wait for their own GP, experts say you're most likely to get lucky if you rock up at the end of the day.
"Where there is availability it's good to use up the doses as the day ends," infectious disease expert Professor Robert Booy told 9News.
"Because once the vial is open you can't use it the next day."