ACT Health works towards vaccine rollout after Pfizer jab gets provisional approval

Dominic Giannini 25 January 2021 22

COVID-19 vaccinations will begin rolling out in Australia as early as next month. Photo: Supplied.

Vaccine rollouts will begin in a month after the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was provisionally approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) today.

The rollout – originally scheduled to begin in mid-February before being pushed back until the end of the month – will first be administered to frontline workers, aged care staff and residents, and quarantine and border workers. The first phase will cover up to 1.4 million people.

The vaccine will be rolled out in five phases and will involve more than 1,000 vaccination administration sites. Around 30 to 50 hospitals will administer the vaccine initially.

In Canberra, the vaccine will initially be administered at major public hospitals by Canberra Health Services due to its special storage and handling requirements.

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An ACT Health spokesperson said exact sites were still being determined in consultation with the Commonwealth Government, but that the Garran Surge Centre remained a possible option.

“This is a welcome and important development as we continue to take steps to manage the virus,” the spokesperson said.

“The ACT Government continues to work with the Commonwealth on what the COVID-19 vaccine implementation program will look like here in the ACT.

“We will continue to keep Canberrans updated as we learn more.”

Two doses of the vaccine will be required and the two jabs must take place at least three weeks apart.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly has indicated that while the Pfizer vaccine will be distributed first, quantities are limited as it is not manufactured in Australia. In contrast, the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is easier to store and transport, is being manufactured by CSL in Melbourne.

There is also a possibility that the vaccine delivery from Pfizer could be delayed, pushing its administration back into March, but “guidance remains for late February”, the Commonwealth Government said.

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More information will be made available for Canberrans as it comes to light, ACT Health said.

“We will communicate openly and in a timely way about the vaccine rollout, so Canberrans will know when they can get the vaccine, how to get it and what to do when the time comes,” the spokesperson said.

“The ACT is looking forward to … running a safe and efficient vaccination program in partnership with the Commonwealth Government.”

The TGA is continuing to work on the regulatory review for potential approval of other vaccines, notably the AstraZeneca and Novavax vaccines, TGA head Adjunct Professor John Skerritt said.

Information on the COVID-19 vaccine is available from ACT Health.

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22 Responses to ACT Health works towards vaccine rollout after Pfizer jab gets provisional approval
Dan Hinterreiter Dan Hinterreiter 8:33 am 26 Jan 21

"I am Ledgend"...... 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Archie Mac Archie Mac 7:05 am 26 Jan 21

So if you don’t have it - are you putting anyone else at risk?

Judy Robinson Judy Robinson 4:59 am 26 Jan 21

What are the side effects??? Medical trials haven’t been 18 months, like other drugs. Give it to the PM first and see what happens to him

Shaz Ray Shaz Ray 1:39 am 26 Jan 21

What happened to the 62% vacc? Now it's pfizer?

Melvin Tatara Melvin Tatara 9:40 pm 25 Jan 21

I'd prefer mederna after the results from Pfizer anecdotally by my family getting it in USA not being that great. Variety is key with so many different humans, DNA and culture in Canberra.

Juls Jefferson Juls Jefferson 7:43 pm 25 Jan 21

Good. Hopefully I can get it soon

Lucas Anasdow Lucas Anasdow 7:14 pm 25 Jan 21

All children first, make it mandatory ... 17 yrs 364 days and below first in line.

Then whoever else next

If the vaccine is so safe, parents and the government will not mind this approach

    Jilly Beans Jilly Beans 7:19 pm 25 Jan 21

    Lucas Anasdow millions of people have already had it🤦‍♀️

    David Newman David Newman 7:57 pm 25 Jan 21

    Lucas Anasdow, don’t you think that the order should be risk based?

    Jenni Zimoch Jenni Zimoch 8:25 pm 25 Jan 21

    Lucas Anasdow no, health workers and the elderly first.

    Neil Armstrong Neil Armstrong 8:40 pm 25 Jan 21

    Jill Hiscock 10’s if not 100’s of million doses given.

    Lucas Anasdow Lucas Anasdow 8:43 pm 25 Jan 21

    Well it tells you something if it is not safe for those under 16...... if you will not inject this vaccine into your own children why should you expect other adults to be injected with the Vaccine ..

    Logical under 18 yr old first, military, defence forces and other front line workers next, aged and in-firmed should be wave 3... the great masses last

    Lucas Anasdow Lucas Anasdow 8:44 pm 25 Jan 21

    Julie Donda now think about that .. why is it not recommended

    Rick Jackson Rick Jackson 8:53 pm 25 Jan 21

    Lucas Anasdow - ... because their immune system isn’t fully developed?

    Because they haven’t tested that group as extensively as they aren’t in the ‘high risk’ category??

    I’m curious, what is your problem with the vaccine?

    Lucas Anasdow Lucas Anasdow 9:10 pm 25 Jan 21

    My problem with the vaccine is the the speed art which it has been synthesized ... 40 years and we are still waiting for a vaccine or cure for HIV, Ebola and other virus based pathogens ..

    12 months is insufficient time to understand the full implications and long term afflictions

    Rick Jackson Rick Jackson 9:21 pm 25 Jan 21

    Julie Donda - Hey, don’t go criticizing Dr Google... what else would keep conspiracy theories alive?

    Alison Brittliff Alison Brittliff 9:51 pm 25 Jan 21

    Lucas Anasdow it’s about who we need to protect first, front line staff, then the most vulnerable , the plan isn’t about ‘proving’ the vaccine, it’s about rolling it it to save people

    Heather Whittle Heather Whittle 11:02 pm 25 Jan 21

    Lucas Anasdow maybe if the money that was thrown at this vaccine was given to other causes too they could be faster. Hard to run a lab on no money...

    Nick Savino Nick Savino 12:42 am 26 Jan 21

    Rick Jackson they have come out of the woodwork

    Shaz Ray Shaz Ray 1:40 am 26 Jan 21

    Jill Hiscock in what countries?

    Helena Geyer Helena Geyer 8:18 am 26 Jan 21

    Shaz Ray USA, UK, Canada and EU

    John Vallance John Vallance 11:56 pm 26 Jan 21

    Lucas Anasdow um.... because like all vaccines it goes through testing. once testing and trials and results are reviewed then it goes on to the tested age groups... as people under the age of 16 are very very low risk of even going to hospital they have concentrated the testing on the higher risk population. not that hard to figure out 🤦‍♂️ or you can keep your foil hat on? lol

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