Health authorities in the Australian provinces and territories are preparing for the long-awaited coronavirus vaccine and thousands more are set to get jobs tomorrow.
The first phase of the vaccine is scheduled to begin tomorrow, and up to 1.4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be given to hotel quarantine workers, frontline health workers and elderly care staff and residents in the coming weeks.
To boost confidence in the vaccine, Prime Minister Scott Morrison also hopes to get the job tomorrow.
When the vaccine is available to people over the age of 70, high-risk personnel such as security guards and police, and people with disabilities and vulnerabilities, a large number of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be available in March.
About 4,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are due to arrive in Sydney today, and the government expects to vaccinate about 12,000 frontline workers within the next three weeks.
Three vaccination centers, operating from Royal Prins Alfred, Westmead and Liverpool hospitals, are expected to vaccinate 1,100 people a day, with border workers, hotel quarantine staff and frontline health workers topping the list.
This includes the staff of the three hospitals and 480 Westmead workers are set to get the job tomorrow.
Hotels in Victoria, which has experienced a number of explosions in quarantine hotels, have their own injection clinics.
Vaccine preparation from Alfred will be coordinated, and the dose will be distributed in thousands to ten government quarantine hotels and two health hotels.
An injection center will also be set up at Melbourne Airport to provide injection to flight crews, customs staff and other airport staff.
The government is preparing to receive 11,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine each week, and the first phase is expected to take 8 to 10 weeks.
A third Adelaide hospital has opened rapidly as a vaccination center in South Australia.
Meanwhile, hotel quarantine workers, border staff and frontline health workers in Queensland will be notified of eligibility for the vaccine via SMS.
About 100 first-timers are expected to receive a text message today, telling them to come to Gold Coast University Hospital tomorrow to receive the vaccine.
The hospital is the government’s first vaccination center and is among the first jabs to be vaccinated by some staff.
Chief Health Officer Dr Janet Young has said she hopes the launch of an injection program that has damaged Queensland’s struggling tourism industry will signal the end of the state’s recurring border closures.
However, the vaccine reversal did not take place without its opponents.
Thousands marched across the capital yesterday to protest the vaccine.
A five-day lockout in Victoria has resulted in the state emerging, deploying a pepper sprayer and making a number of arrests.
Protesters gathered at Faulkner Park in South Yara yesterday afternoon before reaching St. Kilda Road.
The video shows several people being arrested and some in the crowd being sprayed with pepper.
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