Australia’s athletes will be granted access to the Covid-19 vaccine ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in the summer.
The National Cabinet to place athletes and support staff that are heading to the Olympic and Paralympic Games under priority group 1b.
Ministers said that the vaccine will offer assurance to athletes who are preparing to represent Australia on the world stage.
Supplies of the Coronavirus vaccine will be made available to over 2000 Australians identified by the AOC and Paralympics Australia.
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt said: “We want to see our athletes head to Tokyo to compete and then return to Australia safely.”
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services and Minister for Sport, Richard Colbeck said this marks an important step in preparing athletes for the Olympic Games.
However, he made clear that vulnerable Australian were still the priority when it comes to the vaccine rollout throughout the country.
He stated: “While vulnerable Australians remain an absolute priority as the vaccine rollout continues, National Cabinet understands the pressure our high-performance athletes have been facing as the Tokyo Games draw closer.
“This will be a very different Olympics and Paralympics, but our athletes deserve the opportunity to compete.”
The vaccinations that will be given to the athletes will comprise of Pfizer and AstraZeneca for team members over the age of 50.
So far, Australia has rolled out just under two million vaccinations throughout the country.
It has recorded over 29,700 Covid cases and 910 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Earlier, we told of how Australia and New Zealand’s quarantine and Covid testing free “travel bubble” was underway as hundreds of passengers traveled for the first time since the borders closed.
After effectively getting rid of coronavirus by closing their borders last year to stop rising cases, residents of the two countries can now travel freely.
Most Australian states have allowed quarantine-free visits from residents of New Zealand for months, New Zealand has continued to enforce isolation for Australians arriving in their country.
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