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Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout starts TODAY with 60,000 to get their first dose this week

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Australia’s largest-ever vaccine rollout has started after Scott Morrison led a small band of people to get the nation’s first coronavirus jabs.

Hubs have been set up across the country for health and border control workers, and aged care residents and their carers to get the Pfizer vaccine, starting Monday.

The prime minister was one of 20 people to get the jab at a medical centre in Castle Hill in Sydney’s north-west on Sunday, in what Mr Morrison described as the ‘curtain raiser’ to the full rollout.

He joined Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly and Chief Nursing Officer Alison McMillan getting vaccinated, along with two aged-care residents, aged carers, health workers and defence personnel.

Australian Border Force worker Alysha Eyre (pictured) was among the first Australians to roll up their sleeves for the coronavirus vaccine on Sunday

Australian Border Force worker Alysha Eyre (pictured) was among the first Australians to roll up their sleeves for the coronavirus vaccine on Sunday

The prime minister’s early inoculation was supported by Labor deputy leader Richard Marles.

VACCINE HUBS FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS

 NSW: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Westmead Hospital, Liverpool Hospital

VIC: Monash Medical Centre Clayton, Sunshine Hospital, Austin Health, University Hospital Geelong

QLD: Gold Coast University Hospital, Cairns Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital

SA: Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre

WA: Perth Children’s Hospital

TAS: Royal Hobart Hospital

ACT: Canberra Hospital

NT: Royal Darwin Hospital

 

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‘We understand the importance of national leaders being seen to have the vaccine to instil a sense of confidence to all Australians that the vaccine is safe,’ Mr Marles told reporters on Sunday.

‘So we understand why that’s taken place and we support that.’

He said Labor leader Anthony Albanese also stands ready to play whatever part health experts recommend.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians claimed a landmark day for a successful Australian COVID-19 rollout strategy.

‘Today marks an incredible achievement in our battle against the global COVID-19 pandemic,’ college president John Wilson said. 

‘The vaccines being rolled out have gone through rigorous approval processes by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which is one of the best regulators of its kind in the world.’ 

Pfizer’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Anne Harris, hailed Sunday as ‘momentous … for Australians, for science, and a proud day for Pfizer’.

She said Pfizer had already delivered more than 80 million doses of vaccine in 60 countries and had a 99.9 per cent success rate in getting them to their destination within the required temperature of -70 degrees.

Aged care resident Jane Malysiak (left) was the first Australian to receive the Pfizer vaccine on Sunday as Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) watches on

Aged care resident Jane Malysiak (left) was the first Australian to receive the Pfizer vaccine on Sunday as Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) watches on

What will next happen in each state 

NSW

The Pfizer jab will be administered to 35,000 frontline workers in NSW over the next three weeks including those employed at quarantine hotels, people screening airport arrivals, health staff, cleaners, police and security.

All quarantine hotel workers in NSW – about 6500 people per week – will be included in the initial rollout of the jab.

Victoria 

Victoria’s first 12,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived on Sunday at Monash Hospital in Clayton.

The roll-out begins on Monday morning, with high-risk frontline health staff first in the queue.

Other recipients in line to receive the jab include hotel quarantine, airport and port workers, as well as aged care staff and residents.

The federal government is expected to allocate 59,000 Pfizer vaccine doses to Victoria over the first four weeks of the program.

South Australia

The southern state will receive weekly deliveries of vaccines, with plans to inoculate 12,000 people in the first three weeks.

Queensland  

More than 1000 hotel and health workers will be jabbed this week

Western Australia 

More than 290 hotel quarantine staff and medical professionals are expected to receive the Pfizer BioNTech jab.

3392 invitations sent to workers who qualify for Phase 1a

WA’s 2500 hotel quarantine workers, 2500 Perth Airport staff and 170 Fremantle Port employees have been prioritised to get the jab first, with at least 556 currently booked in to get it next week.

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Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed he and the head of the Health Department and former chief medical officer Brendan Murphy will get the alternative AstraZeneca jab when it becomes available at a later date.

The rollout commences with around 60,000 Pfizer vaccine doses to be administered to priority groups.

The government is committed to offer COVID-19 vaccines to all Australians by the end of October.

The government has set up a simple, multi-language vaccine eligibility checker – australia.gov.au – for people to learn an approximate time frame for when they will be able to get a jab.

The first shipments of coronavirus shipments have arrived in Australia. Pictured is the first shipment arriving in  the Northern Territory

The first shipments of coronavirus shipments have arrived in Australia. Pictured is the first shipment arriving in  the Northern Territory

Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines require two separate doses for a person to be fully immunised – Pfizer 21 days apart and AstraZeneca 12 weeks apart.

There were no locally acquired COVID-19 cases reported across the country on Sunday, but there were three infections in NSW quarantine, two in South Australia and one in Western Australia.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner left self-isolation after testing negative for COVID-19 after becoming unwell on Friday at a Bombing of Darwin Day commemoration.

In Victoria, the Andrews government announced $143 million in relief for businesses unable to operate during a recent five-day lockdown, which included the usually-profitable Valentine’s Day.

Around 60,000 Australians will receive their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine this week. Pictured is aged care resident John Healy being vaccinated on Sunday

Around 60,000 Australians will receive their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine this week. Pictured is aged care resident John Healy being vaccinated on Sunday

PRIORITY LOCATIONS FOR AGED CARE RESIDENTS 

 NT: Alice Springs, Braitling, Coconut Grove, Fannie Bay, Farrar, Nightcliff, Tiwi

QLD: Albany Creek, Aspley, Bald Hills, Beaconsfield, Birtinya, Bray Park, Buderim, Bundaberg, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Carseldine, Cleveland, Glenella, Glenvale, Harriston, Hope Island, Kearneys Spring, Kepnock, Lawnton, Mackay, Meridan Plains, Millbank, Mirani, Mudgeeraba, North Bundaberg, North Tamborine, Palmwoods, Pimpana, Redland Bay, Robina, Sippy Downs, South Toowoomba, Thornlands, Toowoomba, Upper Coomera, Varsity Lakes, Victoria Point, Warana, West Mackay, Woombye

NSW: Alstonville, Austral, Ballina, Bangor, Barden Ridge, Blacktown, Collaroy, Collaroy Plateau, Corrimal, Cronulla, Dean Park, Emu Plains, Engadine, Glenfield, Gosford West, Heathcote, Illawong, Jamisontown, Marayong, Minto, Mortdale, Mount Austin, Narrabeen, Orange, Peakhurst, Penrith, Penshurst, Point Clare, Port Macquarie, Prestons, Roselands, Springwood, Stanwell Park, Tarrawanna, Terrey Hills, Thirroul, Umina Beach, Wagga Wagga, Warriewood, Woonona, Woy Woy

ACT: Curtin, Farrer, Garran, Griffith, Hughes, Narrabundah, Red Hill, Stirling, Weston

VIC: Altona Meadows, Ballarat, Ballarat East, Bayswater, Bendigo, Blackburn, California Gully, Canadian, Cowes, Cranbourne, Cranbourne East, Creswick, Dandenong, Dandenong North, Delacombe, Drouin, Drysdale, East Bendigo, Forest Hill, Heathmont, Hoppers Crossing, Ironbark, Junction Village, Lara, Long Gully, Moe, Morwell, Mount Clear, Neerim South, Newborough, Nunawading, Ocean Grove, Point Cook, Point Lonsdale, Portarlington, Ringwood, Vermont, Vermont South, Wallington, Wantirna, Wantirna South, Warragul, Wendouree, Werribee

TAS: Burnie, Legana, Newnham, Newstead, Norwood, Penguin, Riverside, Somerset, St Leonards, Ulverstone, West Ulverstone, Wynyard

SA: Aldgate, Cowandilla, Encounter Bay, Everard Park, Goolwa, Hahndorf, Heathfield, Lockleys, Marion, Marleston, Morphettville, Mount Barker, North Plympton, Oaklands Park, Port Elliot, Uraidla, Victor Harbor

WA: Balcatta, Bunbury, Calista, Carey Park, Cooloongup, Donnybrook, Eaton, Emu Point, Kingsley, Lockyer, Madeley, Marangaroo, Mirrabooka, Port Kennedy, Rockingham, Shoalwater, South Bunbury, Spencer Park, Waikiki, Yakamia.

 

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