Australia Tasmania aims to speed up vaccine rollout
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Tasmania is set to bring forward its coronavirus vaccine rollout based on the imminent arrival of AstraZeneca doses.
More than 2300 of the state's frontline workers have so far been vaccinated, Premier Peter Gutwein said on Friday.
The priority group rollout is on track to be expanded as planned to the Launceston General Hospital and the North West Regional Hospital on March 15.
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Mr Gutwein said the state will soon receive more than 6700 AstraZeneca doses, allowing phase 1b off the rollout to be brought forward by two weeks to March 19.
People in that cohort include those aged 70 and over, remaining health care workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults, and adults with underlying medical conditions.
Critical and high-risk workers, such as defence, police, fire and emergency services, as well as volunteers, meat processing and fish factory workers are also included.
"We will provide more details in the next week on how people in phase 1b can book their appointments," Mr Gutwein said.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has called equity his "North Star," but the vaccine rollout is leaving the state's largest, most vulnerable communities behind.African Americans have received 3 percent of vaccine doses while they make up 6 percent of the state, according to the Associated Press. Latinos, who make up 39 percent of the state, have received 17 percent of doses. The vaccination gap is much narrower for white Californians, who make up 36 percent of the state's population. State health data shows that 32 percent of white people in the state have already received shots.