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Australia Australians still banned from going overseas despite Covid vaccine

09:26  22 february  2021
09:26  22 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Australians will be banned from travelling overseas for a holiday in 2021 despite the start of the Covid vaccination program.

Hubs have now been set up in every state and territory to administer the Pfizer vaccine, with health and border force workers and aged care residents among the first to get the jab on Monday.

Despite the vaccine having an efficacy rate of 95 per cent, senior cabinet ministers have downplayed the possibility of Australians being allowed to travel overseas for a holiday this year.

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a group of people looking at a cell phone: Australians will be banned from travelling overseas for a holiday in 2021 despite the start of the Covid vaccination program. Pictured is New South Wales police officer Lachlan Pritchard receiving his first Pfizer vaccine in Sydney on Monday © Provided by Daily Mail Australians will be banned from travelling overseas for a holiday in 2021 despite the start of the Covid vaccination program. Pictured is New South Wales police officer Lachlan Pritchard receiving his first Pfizer vaccine in Sydney on Monday

Finance Minister Simon Birmingham was even reluctant to pronounce the end of economically-crippling state border closures.

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'We hope that there aren't virus outbreaks. We have to deal with the reality that that could happen,' he told Sky News interviewer Peter Stefanovic on Monday.

Nonetheless Senator Birmingham, whose wife Courtney Morcombe is the chief-of-staff to South Australian Liberal Premier Steven Marshall, was hopeful Covid vaccines will put an end to state border closures to stop the spread of the virus.

'Once we see all older and vulnerable Australians and those at the highest risk categories vaccinated, there will be discussions about how that changes the risk in dealing with Covid,' he said.

'I do hope that that changed risk profile will enable us to have more confidence to keep those borders open and to continue the very strong economic recovery that Australia already has.'

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Health Minister Greg Hunt hinted Australians would not be allowed to travel overseas again until there were no more local deaths from Covid.

a man standing in front of a body of water with Kahana Bay in the background: Despite the vaccine having an efficacy rate of 95 per cent, senior cabinet ministers have downplayed the possibility of Australians being allowed to travel overseas for a holiday this year. Pictured is Hawaii © Provided by Daily Mail Despite the vaccine having an efficacy rate of 95 per cent, senior cabinet ministers have downplayed the possibility of Australians being allowed to travel overseas for a holiday this year. Pictured is Hawaii

VACCINE HUBS FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS

NSW: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Westmead Hospital, Liverpool Hospital

VIC: Monash Medical Centre Clayton, Sunshine Hospital, Austin Health, University Hospital Geelong

QLD: Gold Coast University Hospital, Cairns Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital

SA: Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre

WA: Perth Children's Hospital

TAS: Royal Hobart Hospital

ACT: Canberra Hospital

NT: Royal Darwin Hospital


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'Well, our first goal is protection,' he told the ABC's Insiders program on Sunday.

'And what we see is with both the two initial vaccines, the Pfizer and the AstraZeneca vaccine, the international evidence is that the safety impact for prevention of serious illness, hospitalisation, death has been determined to be up to 100 per cent.'

Mr Hunt also declared on Monday that Australian travellers would still need to quarantine in a hotel, even if they had received a Covid vaccination overseas.

'For the time being, vaccinated or unvaccinated, people will continue to go through hotel quarantine,' he said.

The Pfizer vaccine is being reserved for frontline healthcare and border force workers and elderly Australians.

The AstraZeneca jab, which has 62 per cent effeciacy, received Therapeutic Goods Administration approval last week and is scheduled to be administered from March, mainly to Australians who are younger than 65.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday became the second Austalian to be given the Pfizer vaccine, after 84-year-old Sydney grandmother Jane Malysiak, who immigrated to Australia from war-torn Poland when she was 13.

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'I didn't have any side effects from it, just a bit of a sore arm like you get after any vaccine,' he said on Monday.

'I'm sure there will be some people who have other side effects, just like with any immunisation program.'

a large air plane on a runway: Despite the vaccine rollout, the ban on Australians travelling overseas for a holiday, that began in March 2020, is likely to continue © Provided by Daily Mail Despite the vaccine rollout, the ban on Australians travelling overseas for a holiday, that began in March 2020, is likely to continue

An Australian in the United States, who received the Pfizer vaccine, said she felt nauseous for a day after receiving the injection.

This week, 60,000 people in Australia are scheduled to get their first injection.

Despite the vaccine rollout, the ban on Australians travelling overseas for a holiday, that began in March 2020, is likely to continue.

Professor Brendan Murphy, the secretary of the Department of Health, last month indicated that travel ban would continue into 2022.

What will next happen in each state

NSW

The Pfizer jab will be administered to 35,000 frontline workers in NSW over the next three weeks including those employed at quarantine hotels, people screening airport arrivals, health staff, cleaners, police and security.

All quarantine hotel workers in NSW - about 6500 people per week - will be included in the initial rollout of the jab.

Victoria

Victoria's first 12,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived on Sunday at Monash Hospital in Clayton.

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The roll-out begins on Monday morning, with high-risk frontline health staff first in the queue.

Other recipients in line to receive the jab include hotel quarantine, airport and port workers, as well as aged care staff and residents.

The federal government is expected to allocate 59,000 Pfizer vaccine doses to Victoria over the first four weeks of the program.

South Australia

The southern state will receive weekly deliveries of vaccines, with plans to inoculate 12,000 people in the first three weeks.

Queensland

More than 1000 hotel and health workers will be jabbed this week

Western Australia

More than 290 hotel quarantine staff and medical professionals are expected to receive the Pfizer BioNTech jab.

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WA's 2500 hotel quarantine workers, 2500 Perth Airport staff and 170 Fremantle Port employees have been prioritised to get the jab first, with at least 556 currently booked in to get it next week.

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