Australia Expands Vaccine Deployment, Pfizer Vaccines Reserved for Under 50s

The federal government limited the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine to Australians under the age of 50 while preparing to expand the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine deployment to those over the age of 50 from May.

“With a few exceptions, Pfizer is currently restricted to under the age of 50,” Health Secretary Dr. Brendan Murphy said at a post-Cabinet press conference Thursday.

“But people always have choices and more Pfizer will be available later this year. At this stage, Pfizer is not available to anyone over the age of 50.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that the Pfizer vaccine is prioritized for people under the age of fifty. 1A and 1B groups..

“They also work in remote and very remote residential care facilities for the elderly and people with disabilities, and in areas vaccinated by states and territories for quarantine and important frontline labor. Priority is also given to those who are concerned, “Morison said.

The AZ vaccine will be available to people over the age of 50 at state and territory vaccination centers and respiratory clinics from May 3rd and will be sent to the GP from May 17th.

“We recommend AstraZeneca (if you’re over 50). The risk benefits of over 50 are very good for vaccination,” Murphy said, and the risk of getting infected to people over 70 is “more than this.” Much much bigger. ” Rare symptom. “

To date, approximately 1.8 million Australians have been vaccinated, with approximately 60,000 vaccinations daily.

According to Health Minister Greg Hunt, the percentage of adults vaccinated is currently around 9% in Australia, more than 50% in the United States and 63% in the United Kingdom.

After India’s catastrophic outbreak, round-trip trips to India have become tougher, with over 314,000 new cases recorded daily.

Deputy Labor leader Richard Marles told Nine that India’s current situation has highlighted the need to accelerate its expansion in Australia.

“This rollout has failed. We are not yet thinking about getting the country vaccinated by the end of the year,” he said.

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