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Queenslanders set to get first COVID jab in days

Queenslanders set to get first COVID jab in days”

Yesterday Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said Australians wanted to know the vaccine was safe above anything else.

Mr Hunt said vaccinations are on track to begin before the end of the month.

Mr Hunt said 80,000 doses of the shipment would be released in the first week, with the remainder to be kept aside for second doses.

Priority will be given to hotel quarantine workers that are most likely to come into contact with positive global arrivals.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will receive the Pfizer vaccine early in the rollout in a bid to boost public confidence in the jab.

DHL is one of two companies tasked with distributing the vaccine - which needs to be stored at between minus 60 and minus 80 degrees Celsius - to hospitals, GP clinics and pharmacies around the country.

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The first groups to receive the vaccine include the elderly, those living with co-morbidities, and people working in the aged care, disability and health sectors.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration will then complete final testing of the vaccines before they are taken to hospital hubs and directly to aged care centres, with hospitals told to be ready to administer the first jabs from February 22.

It's hoped the national vaccine rollout will begin from next week, but the exact date remains unknown. But the regulator is expected to also approve the AstraZeneca vaccine soon.

"And if confidence increases there's an increase in uptake".

That includes nearly 54 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with the vast majority to be manufactured in Melbourne, and more than 51 million from Novavax.



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