Colac, Victoria: Huge crowds queue up outside general practice to get exemption from the Covid jab

Huge crowds have queued up outside a regional medical clinic in the hope of securing a Covid-19 vaccine medical exemption – with police even called to disperse crowds.  

Up to 300 people were seen gathering outside a doctor’s office in the Colac suburb of Elliminyt, about 150km southwest of Melbourne on Wednesday, followed by a further large crowd on Thursday.   

Witnesses claimed many in the crowd travelled to the small regional city amid rumours a GP was providing exemptions – something that Dr Denes Borsos dismissed in a message published on his website. 

The bizarre rush comes as about a million authorised workers in Victoria have a deadline of October 15 to secure one dose of the jab or a valid medical exemption.  

About one hundred people were seen gathering outside a doctor's office in the Colac suburb of Elliminyt, about 150km southwest of Melbourne on Wednesday (pictured)

About one hundred people were seen gathering outside a doctor’s office in the Colac suburb of Elliminyt, about 150km southwest of Melbourne on Wednesday (pictured)

Victoria Police Acting Sergeant Melissa Seach said police received reports of a large number of people ‘gathering outside the clinic for vaccination exemptions’ on Thursday. 

Sergeant Seach told the Geelong Advertiser travelling from the city into regional Victoria to obtain a vaccination exemption is not a valid reason to leave home.  

Lines of parked cars on either side of the road stretched for hundreds of metres from the practice driveway, while others stood in long queues outside the clinic doors. 

One patient recalled seeing ‘people and cars everywhere’ and said they were forced to ask the woman standing behind them what was going on. 

The woman responded ‘We’re here for the Covid’. 

The patient said they had assumed the queues were people waiting to get a jab and was shocked to realise some in the crowd had the opposite intent. 

‘I’m really, really p***ed off. ‘I’ve done the right thing for 18 months and I sat in a room with people who don’t give a s**t,’ they said.

Lines of parked cars on either side of the road stretched for hundreds of metres from the practice driveway (pictured), while others stood in long queues outside the clinic doors

Lines of parked cars on either side of the road stretched for hundreds of metres from the practice driveway (pictured), while others stood in long queues outside the clinic doors

Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting Dr Borsos did anything wrong and a note on his booking website told patients he would not be handing out any more exemptions.  

A booking website for Dr Borsos issued a capitalised note to patients on Wednesday: ‘SORRY!!! NO MORE JAB EXEMPTIONS, HELP YOURSELVES THE BEST YOU CAN :(‘.  

A booking website for Dr Borsos issued a capitalised note to patients on Wednesday in red: 'SORRY!!! NO MORE JAB EXEMPTIONS, HELP YOURSELVES THE BEST YOU CAN :('

A booking website for Dr Borsos issued a capitalised note to patients on Wednesday in red: ‘SORRY!!! NO MORE JAB EXEMPTIONS, HELP YOURSELVES THE BEST YOU CAN :(‘

Dr Borsos graduated from Melbourne University in 1995, before moving to Colac Hospital in 2001 where he remained for 18 years. 

He spent nine years working at the Otway Clinic picking up the ‘tricks of trade’ from his senior colleagues. 

‘Delivered lot’s of babies, given thousands of anaesthetics, saved a few and lost many more along the way,’ the doctor wrote on the booking website. 

‘As of Aug 2018 after 20+ years, the time has come for a more measured pace, and let younger Dr’s have some of the excitements…

‘Now I’m content with coughs and colds, repeat scripts and a few skin cancers to keep the wolf from the door…’

Victoria recorded 2,297 new cases of Covid-19 and 11 deaths on Wednesday – the highest case numbers Australia has seen in a single day. 

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