Breaking News: Prime Minister Scott Morrison is among the first Australians to receive the Pfizer vaccine today on Sunday.
Mr Morrison wrote on social media, “Meet Jane, the first person in Australia to receive a #COVID19 vaccine. Today is a landmark day in Australia’s comeback from this pandemic. Vaccinations are free and voluntary for everyone in Australia and our own medical experts have found these vaccines to be safe and effective.”
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt told while appearing on ABC that a group of people will receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in Sydney before the vaccination program is rolled out nationally on Monday.
Widely belived in media circles that this move by PM Morrison is to counter the myth about the safety of coronavirus vaccine.
“Today the first group of people will be vaccinated, commencing with two of our aged-care residents, our critical aged-care staff, frontline workers,” Mr Hunt said.
“We also know that the chief medical officer and the chief nurse and the Prime Minister – in order to provide confidence, the Prime Minister will be the last of that group.”
Mr. Hunt explained, this measure is in view of a very strong focus on the need for key leaders,…across party groups to provide that confidence.
Dr. Shubham Sharma is GP in Melbourne.
He says, A lot my patients ask me about the vaccience safety and advice arround it.
“It will be so good to tell them that its safe and PM Morrison and Cheif Health officer has taken it,” said Dr.Sharma.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has identified the following people as being eligible for vaccination under phase 1a of the rollout:
- Aged care and group disability care workers and residents, including:
- residents of aged care and people with disability living in disability residential accommodation
- Quarantine and border workers, including:
- staff at entry points to the country (such as sea ports and land borders)
- staff working in quarantine facilities, including those employed under Commonwealth, state or private agreements, and
- Commonwealth employees (including Defence personnel) who are identified as having the potential to encounter returning travelers as part of their work.
- Frontline health workers (including clinical, medical students, and administrative staff) most likely to be exposed to COVID-19 including;
- frontline staff in facilities or services such as hospital emergency departments, COVID-19 and respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and High-dependency Units
- laboratory staff handling potentially infectious material
- ambulance and paramedics service
- GP respiratory clinics, and
- COVID-19 testing facilities.
- Other health workers will follow in Phase 1B
Thousands of aged care residents in Australia, at more than 240 facilities, will receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose next week. The facilities are located across Australia in over 190 towns and suburbs in rural and urban areas in every state and territory:
|Australian Capital Territory||Curtin|
|New South Wales||Alstonville|
|Northern Territory||Alice Springs|
States and territories will initially have 16 Pfizer vaccination hubs operational across Australia. These first hubs will be at:
- Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (NSW)
- Westmead Hospital (NSW)
- Liverpool Hospital (NSW)
- Monash Medical Centre Clayton (VIC)
- Sunshine Hospital (VIC)
- Austin Health (VIC)
- University Hospital Geelong (VIC)
- Gold Coast University Hospital (QLD)
- Cairns Hospital (QLD)
- Princess Alexandra Hospital (QLD)
- Royal Adelaide Hospital (SA)
- Flinders Medical Centre (SA)
- Perth Children’s Hospital (WA)
- Royal Hobart Hospital (TAS)
- The Canberra Hospital (ACT)
- Royal Darwin Hospital (NT)
The remaining phases will be rolled out as the number of vaccines grows.