Pfizer vaccine arrives on the Gold Coast ahead of rollout

The Pfizer vaccine has now arrived at the Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland’s first vaccination hub.

100 doses will be dished out there today, to frontline nurses, health care workers and quarantine workers.

The first few batches of the vaccine arrived at the hospital yesterday and are being kept under a 24-hour temperature alarmed system.


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All the jabs have to be kept between the desired -70 to -60 degrees.

It’s still not clear exactly who will be the first Queenslander to get the jab, but the Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young will be there this morning, expected to be amongst the first.

Aged care residents will also be amongst the first to be vaccinated throughout the week.

AMA Queensland President Professor Chris Perry said initial doses are limited to frontline workers and vulnerable aged groups for now, but it won’t be long before the general population can access the vaccine.

“More than 5,400 GP clinics across Australia have applied to administer the vaccine, demonstrating the desire of doctors to participate in the nation’s biggest mass vaccination program,” Prof. Perry said.

“We appreciate people having concerns about something so new but there’s a lot of reliable public health information available online and you can phone 134 COVID (13 42 68 43).”

Yesterday, the first vaccinations in the country were administered, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison even getting his.

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Meantime, more vaccination hubs are expected to become operational on the Gold Coast by mid-March, once the AstraZeneca vaccine becomes widely available.

Several venues will be set up across the city, and locals will be able to book their vaccination appointments online.

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