The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out for the first time in Queensland today, with hubs opening in Logan and Bundaberg.
It’s understood frontline workers will be the first in line for the jabs this morning.
However, the rollout is expected to be supercharged in the coming weeks with more than 4000 GPs around the country coming on board to administer the vaccines.
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The shipment of AstraZeneca jabs touched down on Queensland soil yesterday, just in time for today’s rollout.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said it’s great news for the state.
“I feel like I am constantly getting better and better news as the days go on,” Dr Young said.
“The AstraZeneca vaccine is a game changer for us here in Queensland. I don’t want anyone to have any reservations about getting a certain vaccine or preferring one over the other.
“They both work. They are very effective and safe. They have both been reviewed and approved by the TGA. I would be happy to get either.
Dr Young said she expects it will take another four to five weeks to vaccinate the remaining Queenslanders in the Priority 1a cohort, before we move into phase 1b.”
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt officially launched the AstraZeneca vaccine in Australia yesterday.
Mr Hunt received the jab alongside Federal Health Secretary Brendan Murphy and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Melbourne.
“Vaccinations save lives and protect lives,” Mr Hunt told reporters on Sunday.
“Whether it’s smallpox, measles, mumps, rubella, hooping cough, influenza, and now COVID-19, vaccinations can save lives and protect lives”.