Covid 19 coronavirus: Australia receives first batch of Pfizer vaccines

  • Covid 19 coronavirus: Australia receives first batch of Pfizer vaccines

Covid 19 coronavirus: Australia receives first batch of Pfizer vaccines

Mr Hunt says it is important that language barriers do not impede access to the vaccine, particularly for aged care staff and elderly Australians who speak English as a second language.

"They will now be subject to security, quality assurance, in particular to ensure that temperature maintenance has been preserved throughout the course of the flight, to ensure the integrity of the doses, and to ensure there has been no damage", Mr Hunt said.

While touring one of the company's cold-chain logistics facility, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the nation was about to embark on "one of the largest logistic tasks Australia has ever undertaken".

Hotel quarantine workers are considered the highest priority because they pose the greatest risk of spreading the virus to the community.

"We have said that the vaccine roll-out would commence in late February and I can confirm that the vaccine roll-out is on track", Mr Hunt said.

The vaccine is awaiting final regulatory approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

The Federal Opposition has lashed the Government for its lag in getting the vaccines to rollout in Australia, after 90 countries have already given millions of jabs to their citizens.

"But that support for confidence will lead to uptake, will lead to protection and will lead to greater freedoms".

Australia is also part of the global COVAX facility, which provides access to a range of vaccines in order to immunise up to half of the population.