The Prime Minister admits that Australians may not receive their first dose of coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year.
The federal government has now officially scrapped its COVID vaccine timeline, which hoped to see every Australian at least receive their first dose by October.
It comes after the new advice for the AstraZeneca vaccine was released last week, urging those under the age of 50 not to get the jab due to a low risk of blood clotting.
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Those who’ve already received their first jab are being told it is safe to get their second.
It’s thrown the national rollout plan into disarray, as the AstraZeneca dose was set to be widely distributed due to our local production of it in Melbourne.
The federal government has since scrounged up another 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, but they aren’t expected to arrive until the last quarter of the year.
Authorities remain confident that Australians can all get their first dose of the vaccine by the end of the year, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he’s not setting anything in stone.
“The Government has also not set, nor has any plans to set any new targets for completing first doses,” Mr Morrison posted on Facebook yesterday.
“While we would like to see these doses completed before the end of the year, it is not possible to set such targets given the many uncertainties involved.
“We will just get on with the job of working together to produce, distribute and administer the vaccines as safely and efficiently as possible.
However, the federal government is committing to more up to date vaccine information as the rollout continues, including up to date distribution numbers.
As of yesterday – around 1.16 million doses had been administered around the country.
“These daily data reports will enable Australians to be kept informed of the progress,” Scott Morrison posted.
“You will also be able to see how we are comparing to other countries, at the same stage of their rollout.
“The latest data shows that Australia’s vaccination programme is advancing consistent with comparable countries such as Germany, and ahead of Canada, Sweden, France, NZ, South Korea and Japan at the same stage of their rollouts.
“At the end of this past week, it’s also important to note that more than 142,000 doses have been administered to our aged care residents, in more than 1,000 facilities, with over 46,000 of these now being second does in over 500 facilities.”
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