Australia’s national COVID-19 vaccine strategy will see the first phase of vaccinations commence in mid to late February.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration is expected to approve the Pfizer vaccine by the end of the month, with the AstraZeneca to follow later this year.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated quarantine and border workers, frontline health workers, and aged care and disability workers and residents will be amongst the first to receive the jab.
The intention is to vaccinate 80,000 people with the Pfizer vaccine per week, with the number to then increase.
It is hoped four million people will have received the vaccine by the end of March.
The Prime Minister stressed, “vaccination is not a silver bullet,” and confirmed once vaccination begins, COVID-safe practices will continue.
“The vaccine will continue to be rolled out but it will still be a fight over the course of 2021,” said the Prime Minster.
More to come.