/ 20 April 2021

And when it comes to the coronavirus vaccination rollout…

National Cabinet yesterday agreed in principle to changes to the program that will be decided on Thursday. The major one is bringing forward the vaccinations of over 50yos – something that can happen given the recommendation that the AstraZeneca vaccine not be given to younger age groups due to blood clotting issues. And while GP clinics will remain “the primary model of rolling out vaccinations for Australians over 50 years of age,” states and territories will help via mass vaccination hubs. Managing Australia’s supply of vaccines has been a problem… CSL is just starting to ramp up with 800,000 AstraZeneca doses a week, and the Pfizer vaccine is coming from Europe at the rate of about 130,000 doses a week. PM Morrison said yesterday that the bulk of the 40 million Pfizer doses on order won’t come until the end of the year, and a “12-week-sprint” could be the way to go to get to the under 50yos, but “there’d need to be plenty of planning to achieve that.”

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