Now the vaccines against Coronavirus have started being administered, my office is receiving an increasing number of calls from people wanting to know exactly when each one of us will be able to receive their immunisation.
The vaccine rollout is one of the biggest logistical exercises in Australia’s history, and it is being managed in a highly strategic, safe and efficient way, always based on expert medical advice.
As many will already know, the rollout begins with the Pfizer (BioNTech) vaccine followed by the AstraZeneca (Oxford) dose in the first half of March. In order to be fully vaccinated, an individual will require two doses of the same vaccine, given at the appropriate dosing schedule.
Right now, the first phase of the program is focused on delivering doses to our most vulnerable citizens; front line workers, aged and disability care staff and residents.
In coming months there will also be more than 1000 other points of vaccine distribution, including ongoing hospital hubs. GP and respiratory clinics, community pharmacies and other state vaccination clinics. Exact locations should be confirmed in coming weeks.
In the meantime, I would encourage anyone seeking more information to go to the health.gov.au website or contact my office if you have further questions.