The introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine in Australia will begin early next month Four million Australians are to be vaccinated by the end of March

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Thursday that the first vaccines would begin in Australia in mid to late February, pending approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration

Quarantine and border workers and frontline health workers will be the first in the nation to roll up their sleeves at 1 4 million doses to be dispensed from up to 50 “hospital centers” across Australia

Elderly carers and workers will be at the top of the queue as will people with disabilities in care and the workers who care for them

Australians over 70 years of age, Aboriginal people over 55 years of age, and “critical and high risk” workers will be in the second priority group, receiving the next 148 million doses, which includes defense personnel, police officers and firefighters

Aboriginal ages 18 to 54, all other adults over 50, and other high-risk workers will be in the third priority group and will receive the next 158 ​​million doses

Mr Morrison said that around 80 a week000 doses would be dispensed, which would add up to four million vaccinated people by the end of March

Australians receive a booster dose of the vaccine one month after the first burst. In the UK, residents have to wait three months for their second dose

“Our officials have made a quick and safe effort to get the vaccine here in Australia as soon as possible,” said Morrison

“It moves significantly faster than normal vaccination approval procedures in Australia, but without skipping a step, without cutting a corner to make sure everything that needs to be ticked is ticked along the way”

The vaccine will be launched in the rest of the country around the middle of the year after these priority groups have been vaccinated

Health Department Secretary Professor Brendan Murphy said about half of the country will be vaccinated as part of these three priority groups

According to Professor Murphy, children would be the last group to be vaccinated if research determines it is safe and effective

“We know children are the least likely to develop and transmit COVID and the vaccines have not been properly tested in children at this time and this will be the last group to consider,” said Professor Murphy

Health Secretary Greg Hunt said key politicians – including Morrison and union leader Anthony Albanese – would also be given doses early to keep the public safe

“Neither of us wanted to jump in line, but we also recognize the role of public trust and so we got on the side that the prime minister, the health minister, maybe a few others [should get the vaccine],” said Mr. Hunt

“We don’t believe we qualify for public health reasons, so it is very important that we recognize that, but it is important that we have the public’s trust and so we would try to do both of these dealing with the government as well as opposition leaders”” Said Mr. Hunt

The first doses are likely to be the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer, which has been approved by the relevant authorities AstraZeneca is expected to follow shortly thereafter, Health Secretary Greg Hunt said the Novavax vaccine will also be made available when needed

Professor Murphy said the starting doses would be imported but local production would then ramp up to deliver the vaccine to lower priority populations

As the first vaccines arrive from the “hospital centers”, there will eventually be more than 1000 distribution points across Australia

Professor Murphy said later that year Australians could get the vaccine through their pharmacy

It is the second time this week that the Morrison administration has revised its vaccine launch schedule

On Wednesday, Mr. Hunt announced that the first thrusts would be brought forward for priority groups from late to early March

But Mr Albanese said Wednesday that distribution of the vaccine should begin as soon as it is approved by the TGA

However, Mr Morrison said the vaccine would not arrive in Australia until two weeks after TGA approval

It would then be batch tested for a week before it could be further distributed

“We’re working with the states and territories around the clock to prepare the most complex logistical exercise we may have done in the public health field in this country,” said Professor Murphy

Here’s a better view of the first groups in Australia to receive a coronavirus vaccine @canberratimespicTwittercom / 0PlM5x4KGW

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