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Frontline workers across the country have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as the largest inoculation program in the nation’s history was rolled out on Monday.

World War II survivor Jane Malysiak was the first person to be vaccinated in Australia as a group of 20 people including Prime Minister Scott Morrison got their first jab in Castle Hill in Sydney’s north-west on Sunday.  

In Queensland, Gold Coast nurse Zoe Park received her state’s first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Gold Coast University Hospital on Monday morning. 

Gold Coast nurse Zoe Park receives Queensland's first COVID-19 vaccine from clinical nurse consultant Kellie Kenway at Gold Coast University Hospital on Monday

Gold Coast nurse Zoe Park receives Queensland’s first COVID-19 vaccine from clinical nurse consultant Kellie Kenway at Gold Coast University Hospital on Monday

The COVID-19 ward nurse is one of 180 people who will receive a jab of the Pfizer vaccine at Gold Coast University Hospital on Monday

The COVID-19 ward nurse is one of 180 people who will receive a jab of the Pfizer vaccine at Gold Coast University Hospital on Monday

Registered nurse Maddison Williams receives the first jab of the Biotech Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the COVID-19 surge centre in Canberra on Monday

Registered nurse Maddison Williams receives the first jab of the Biotech Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the COVID-19 surge centre in Canberra on Monday

Masked frontline workers leave a vaccination room after receiving their first Pfizer vaccine dose at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide on Monday

Masked frontline workers leave a vaccination room after receiving their first Pfizer vaccine dose at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide on Monday

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall gives a two-finger victory salute after receiving the vaccination at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall gives a two-finger victory salute after receiving the vaccination at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide

Frontline worker Annabel Thomas receives the Pfizer Vaccine from a COVID-19 Vaccinator Health Care Worker at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide

Frontline worker Annabel Thomas receives the Pfizer Vaccine from a COVID-19 Vaccinator Health Care Worker at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide

The Covid-19 ward nurse said the jab will give her more confidence about keeping the virus away from the public and about going home to her family after shifts. 

‘It’s a very serious thing – I’ve seen families being torn apart from it,’ Nurse Park told reporters.

‘It’s really sad what it has done to the patients affected and their families.

‘It’s really scary for healthcare workers to be going home and potentially exposing their family to that as well, so [the vaccine is] very exciting.’ 

Gold Coast University Hospital planned to administer 100 jabs on Monday but is now aiming for 180. The vaccine will be rolled out in north and south Brisbane on Wednesday and then Cairns on Friday.

The first Victorian to roll up her sleeve was Rhonda Stuart, the head of infection control at Monash Health.

Gayathry Vellangalloor Srinivasan was the first person in NSW to receive the Pfizer vaccination at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Monday

Gayathry Vellangalloor Srinivasan was the first person in NSW to receive the Pfizer vaccination at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Monday

Ms Park poses with her plaster after receiving Queensland's first vaccine dose. She is pictured alongside Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young (left) and Queensland Minister for Heath Yvette D'Ath (right)

Ms Park poses with her plaster after receiving Queensland’s first vaccine dose. She is pictured alongside Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young (left) and Queensland Minister for Heath Yvette D’Ath (right)

COVID-19 screening clinic nurse Grace Gibney shows her vaccine certificate at the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg in north-eastern Melbourne on Monday

COVID-19 screening clinic nurse Grace Gibney shows her vaccine certificate at the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg in north-eastern Melbourne on Monday

A nurse receives the jab at Austin Health in Melbourne on Monday. Thousands more Australians - including 1,200 in New South Wales - will roll their sleeves up on Monday as the Pfizer vaccine is rolled out nationwide

A nurse receives the jab at Austin Health in Melbourne on Monday. Thousands more Australians – including 1,200 in New South Wales – will roll their sleeves up on Monday as the Pfizer vaccine is rolled out nationwide

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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About 100 health care workers will be vaccinated at Monash Medical Centre on Monday, one of the state’s three active vaccine hubs. 

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

About 1,200 NSW health workers and uniformed police officers at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred, Westmead and Liverpool hospitals started receiving the Pfizer vaccine from about 8am on Monday.

The NSW Government plans to vaccinate 35,000 frontline workers in the next three weeks, including those working in health and quarantine hotels 

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the vaccinations would not be mandatory at this stage, but she encouraged everyone to get the jab.

Nurse manager Sue McGrady receives the Pfizer vaccination at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Vaccination Hub in Sydney. The NSW government plans to vaccinate 35,000 frontline workers in the next three weeks

Nurse manager Sue McGrady receives the Pfizer vaccination at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Vaccination Hub in Sydney. The NSW government plans to vaccinate 35,000 frontline workers in the next three weeks

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian gives a thumbs up to environmental services supervisor Gayathry Vellangalloor Srinivasan as she receives the states first Pfizer vaccination

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian gives a thumbs up to environmental services supervisor Gayathry Vellangalloor Srinivasan as she receives the states first Pfizer vaccination

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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‘I don’t want to make vaccines mandatory in NSW but I do want to provide incentives. I think if people do take the vaccine they will have opportunity for greater freedom,’ Ms Berejiklian told reporters.

She said the vaccine represented a new phase in fighting the pandemic, and said restrictions could ease if a critical mass of the population took up the vaccine.

‘It does mean we can start thinking about overseas travel, we can start thinking about easing of restrictions,’ she said.

‘It definitely means there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and it definitely means I’m hoping we’ve come through the worst part of the pandemic.’ 

In Western Australia, hotel quarantine nurse Antonia Garza received the state’s first vaccine at a pop-up vaccine clinic at the Hyatt Regency Perth.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians earlier claimed a landmark day for Australia’s 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.

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.

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt holds up a pair of socks depicting a syringe and a virus particle after the start of the Biotech Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt holds up a pair of socks depicting a syringe and a virus particle after the start of the Biotech Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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

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

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.

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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