Australia’s COVID jab rollout – everything you need to know as date finally set

Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout will start subsequent week after the primary doses of the Pfizer jab arrived in Sydney.

“The eagle has landed,” Well being Minister Greg Hunt advised reporters in Canberra on Monday.

Greater than 142,000 doses have been taken to a safe location and batches shall be assessed for injury and high quality within the coming days.

Mr Hunt stated 80,000 doses of the cargo could be launched within the first week, with the rest to be saved apart for second doses.

The states would obtain 50,000 doses to start the method of vaccinating resort quarantine employees, frontline well being employees, and aged care employees and residents.

Lodge quarantine employees are thought-about the very best precedence as a result of they pose the best threat of spreading the virus to the group.

The federal authorities can have about 30,000 doses accessible for aged care services.

Public confidence

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will obtain the Pfizer vaccine early within the rollout in a bid to increase public confidence within the jab.

The Pfizer vaccine shall be delivered by way of hospital ‘hubs’ throughout Australia, and in residential aged care and incapacity care services.

Logistics firm DHL will assist transport the doses throughout the nation in moveable freezers, as the vaccine wants to be saved at minus 70 levels Celsius.

Mr Hunt stated the primary vials of regionally made doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had been additionally being manufactured.

A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
Well being Minister Greg Hunt says Australia will start rolling out Covid-19 vaccines in late February. Credit score: AP