Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout will start on February 22 after the first doses of the Pfizer jab arrived in Sydney.
“The eagle has landed,” Well being Minister Greg Hunt informed reporters in Canberra on Monday.
Greater than 142,000 doses are being taken to a safe location and batches will likely be assessed for harm and high quality in the approaching days.
Mr Hunt mentioned 60 per cent of the shipment could be given to the states to start the method of vaccinating frontline well being employees, resort quarantine workers and aged care employees and residents.
The federal authorities may have about 30,000 doses out there for aged care amenities.
“In the present day is a vital day,” Mr Hunt mentioned.
“It’s the subsequent step in a cautious plan based mostly on security, and that is about defending Australians.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned the arrival of the vaccines meant the nation could be stepping up its struggle in opposition to the pandemic.
“As soon as the ultimate security checks are accomplished we will begin rolling out the vaccine to our most weak Australians and to our frontline border and well being employees,” Mr Morrison mentioned.
“The exhausting work of Australians has meant we’re in an enviable place in our struggle in opposition to the pandemic so we’ve been in a position to take the time to correctly assess our vaccine selections and provides our world-class regulator the time they should assessment the security of the jabs.
“Whereas we’re taking the time to get the rollout proper, I’m assured all Australians who want to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 will obtain a vaccine this yr.”