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Government gives up on original vaccine target

The Prime Minister has given up on all adult Australians getting their first vaccine doses by the end of October. It may not happen now until next year.

The Australian Government won’t put a time on Australia’s vaccine rollout after giving up the October target due to blood clot concerns with the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Government is now recommending that people under 50 get the Pfizer vaccine instead. (You can read more about the AstraZeneca concerns in our article.)

It now seems that not all Australians will get their first dose by the end of year. The Government has ordered a further 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine for 18–49 year-olds.

In a video message posted to Facebook on Monday afternoon, Scott Morrison said targets were not practical as COVID "writes its own rules".

"You don't get to set the agenda," he said.

"You have to be able to respond quickly to when things change and we've had to deal with a lot of changes.”

You can read more in an article on SBS News.

National Cabinet to reset vaccine rollout

The National Cabinet will meet twice a week to get the vaccine rollout back on track. The Government’s vaccine rollout has been slower that they’d planned because of a range of issues including:

  • supply issues on vaccines coming from overseas
  • changes to who can have the AstraZeneca vaccine.

One of the ways the Cabinet is looking to speed up the number of vaccinations is working with states to open mass vaccination hubs.

You can read more in an article on ABC News.

Date
20 April 2021
State
Applies to all states