Australian government starts vaccination drive on Sunday

The vaccination drive started with an administration of the first dose of vaccine to Jane Malysiak, an 84-year-old World War II survivor, according to international media reports. Taking to Facebook on Sunday Morrison announced the beginning of the vaccination. He said the most vulnerable Australians and the frontline workers are on the first priority.

“Our vaccination program is underway! These are the first 20 Australians to get vaccinated against #COVID19 today ahead of the rollout getting fully underway tomorrow,” Morrison wrote on Facebook. “I was also vaccinated today along with Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly to give further confidence to Australians these vaccines are safe and effective.”

Last will Australian Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt had said everyone in the Australian soil gets vaccinated including the international students. “We need to make sure that everybody who’s on Australian soil is safe, and everybody who’s on Australian soil has access to protection,” he had said. Some 520,000 international student visa holders have remained in Australia since the pandemic began, many of whom are excluded from accessing other government health and financial support programs.

As per the media reports Australia has secured 150 million doses of various vaccines, with the roll out commencing in coming weeks with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The country also has agreements to take Oxford/AstraZeneca, Novavax, and COVAX Facility. The vaccination drive is expected to cover the entire population by October.