Covid-19 vaccine rollout starts in Australia

Medical and healthcare news Australia

Sarah Peddie

Australia will begin its coronavirus vaccine rollout on February 22 where priority groups will be first up to get the dose. 

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the first Covid-19 vaccine which was given regulatory approval in the country. 

Rollout to priority groups will begin across the country on Monday as Australia gets 142,000 doses of the vaccine.

Initial doses of the vaccine will be given to aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers and quarantine and border workers. 

Quarantine and frontline healthcare workers will need to provide proof of their occupation to receive the vaccine under phases 1a and 1b of the rollout.

It was also confirmed that the country’s regulator had now approved the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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This has ended months of delay to give the vaccine full approval whilst other countries begin their vaccination rollout with emergency approval. 

John Skerritt, head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration told reporters in Canberra that the AstraZeneca vaccine displayed “100% efficacy against severe disease, illness and death."

He said: “What is important is to get vaccines into people’s arms.

“AstraZeneca gives us a vaccine that can be used in major facilities, in primary care through GPs potentially through pharmacy practices.”

Australia has recorded very little cases of coronavirus this year. The country has recorded 28,918 cases and 909 deaths since the start of the pandemic. 

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