Australians over 50 with increased supply of AstraZeneca vaccine

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders agreed on Monday to roll out the AstraZeneca vaccine for Australians over the age of 50 and use the mass vaccination center for the rest of the population before Christmas. did.

Pfizer is currently the recommended coronavirus vaccine for people under the age of 50 because the AstraZeneca vaccine is rare but seriously associated with blood clots. The federal and state governments have agreed to increase the supply of AstraZeneca vaccine to Australians older than that age through a revised vaccine program. It will be outlined in detail on Thursday.

“It’s a safe and effective vaccine for people over the age of 50, and it’s powerful and powerful when it comes to accelerating the age of 50 and over with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is especially important for people over the age of 70 who are already in its priority group. There is a lot of debate, “Morison said on Monday prior to the national cabinet.

The prime minister also wanted to vaccinate people under the age of 50 in the last three months of this year by setting up a mass vaccination center to supplement the work of general practitioners.

“If we want, there’s a lot to do, given that the 12-week sprint will be effective,” he said. Well-planned to achieve that. “

However, given that Australia has to wait until October for 20 million doses of Pfizer and the unapproved Novavax vaccine, the use of high-dose vaccination centers is still dependent on vaccine inventory.

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Both New South Wales and Victorian leaders said the vaccine deployment needed to be sped up.

“I don’t think it should be much more rigorous about how to tackle vaccination deployments,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejikrian said.. “We know that people over the age of 50 who own AstraZeneca are fine. Australia currently has a significant supply. We really need to crack down on it.”

“We are ready and can do more with mass vaccination, but it is subject to supply,” said James Merlino, Deputy Prime Minister of Victoria. “We want to see change, we want to see action, and most importantly, we want to see the sense of urgency that emerges from the national cabinet.”

However, Deputy Labor leader Richard Marles was critical of the coalition government by laying all its eggs.

“They are betting their homes on the production of AstraZeneca here and doing most of the vaccination work in Australia,” Marls told Sky News on Tuesday.

“If the prime minister has one job this year, it’s to vaccinate Australia. So far, it seems to be at stake,” he said.