Australia Victoria administers first COVID-19 jab
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Victoria has administered its first COVID-19 jab this morning, becoming the first state to officially begin the.
Head of infection prevention at Monash Health, Professor Rhonda Stuart, was the first Victorian recipient of the Pfizer vaccine, getting the jab about 7.30am.
About 100 healthcare workers are expected to be vaccinated in the first Monash Health clinic today.
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An initial four vaccination hubs will operate in the state, with a goal of vaccinating all hotel quarantine workers in the space of three weeks.
The onsite hubs include Victorian hospitals, as well as at Melbourne Airport, quarantine hotels, with some vaccinations to also be delivered through mobile outreach programs.
At least 240 aged care homes will get a share of the available vaccine, including Homestead Estate, just outside of Geelong, with residents to receive the jab at about 9am.
Authorities are expecting more than 60,000 doses to have been administered by the end of the week across the country.
Up to 1.4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be given to hotel quarantine workers, frontline healthcare workers and aged care staff and residents in the coming weeks.
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In New South Wales, vaccinations are set to begin at 8am. Over the next three weeks, 35,000 frontline health workers are expected to receive the jab. They will get a second vaccination after three weeks.
The vaccinations will be administered by 200 healthcare workers working out of three Sydney hubs at. The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Westmead Hospital and Liverpool Hospital.
Queensland's first shipment of 10,000 vials of the vaccine arrived at Brisbane airport yesterday.
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The first 100 people received their vaccine notification this morning for their jab at Gold Coast University Hospital at 8am today.
There will also be vaccines administered at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and in Far North Queensland in Cairns.
In South Australia, the first people to receive the jab are expected to be a quarantine hotel nurse, security guard and a police officer.
They will be the first of 150 frontline health workers vaccinated today. That will increase sharply over the coming days with around 1700 vaccinated by the end of the week and 12,000 after three weeks.
Also from today, aged care residents in 17 South Australian suburbs and towns will begin receiving the vaccination.
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Two hotel quarantine nurses will be the first in the state to receive the vaccine at Perth's Hyatt Hotel, one of the vaccine hubs.
There will also be vaccine clinics at Fremantle port and the Perth Airport.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said he hoped to see 60,000 vaccinations across Australia in the next week.
Health authorities hope 800,000 people will be vaccinated every week once the program ramps up next month.
Mr Morrison said that the country had "made its Australian way" through the pandemic and would continue to do so as the vaccination program progressed.
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Safe Work Australia said while it's unlikely companies will be forced to ask customers for proof of vaccination under current work health and safety laws, they are free to do so if they please. The safety regulator recommended that businesses - including cafes, restaurants and bars - consider taking further precautionary action once the vaccine is administered.