Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses arrive in Australia ahead of rollout

Update First Pfizer vaccine shipment arrives in Australia

More than 142,000 doses have been taken to a secure location and batches will be assessed for damage and quality in the coming days.

An initial 80,000 doses will be released next week, with 50,000 going to frontline quarantine and health workers and 30,000 to aged care and disability care residents and workers.

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

"Vaccines are scheduled to land in Australia before the end of the week, if not earlier", he told reporters on Sunday.

The Federal Opposition has lashed the Government for its lag in getting the vaccines to rollout in Australia, after 90 countries have already given millions of jabs to their citizens.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt pictured at a plan handling the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Melbourne.

So far, Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for use in Australia.

It's hoped the national vaccine rollout will begin from next week, but the exact date remains unknown.

The vaccine program is expected to be completed in October, when everyone who wants the vaccine will have been given access to it.

"It's a free country and anybody can take a different view", he said.

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

Labor's health spokesman Mark Butler says there are still many questions around the rollout that the government hasn't answered.

"We're now into the second half of February and still not a single Australian has received a single dose of Covid-19 vaccine. They will also do testing as part of that".



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