Australia Hopes new Pfizer vaccine supplies will kickstart national rollout
New campaign set to promote virus vaccines
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a new coronavirus vaccine campaign to coincide with increased supplies of the Pfizer jab. © Bianca De Marchi/AAP PHOTOS Scott Morrison has announced a new vaccine campaign to coincide with increased supplies of Pfizer. Arrivals of Pfizer doses will increase to about one million a week from July 19, with 4.5 million expected over the course of August. The government had projected receiving between 650,000 and 750,000 Pfizer doses each week in July and August.Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged the new ads while announcing the delivery increase.
Australia's sluggishis set to be supercharged from today as one million new Pfizer doses arrive in the country.
The arrival of the vaccines overnight came after the Federal Government announced one millionwill arrive in Australia every week from today.
It is hoped this week will mark a turning point in a vaccine roll-out that to date has been sluggish and held back by lack of supplies.
The first shipment of one million Pfizer doses will be distributed around the country, COVID-19 Taskforce Commander Lieutenant-General John Frewen said.
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says people in areas gripped by coronavirus outbreaks should bring forward their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.The prime minister is making another bid to speed up the vaccine rollout with a focus on people in Sydney and surrounds.
Australia now has 13 per cent of the population fully vaccinated, with 10 million jabs now administered.
Mr Frewen said modelling on vaccination rates and opening up Australia's borders was "being done now" and will be presented to the government for consideration in the next couple of weeks.
"It is the fully vaccinated rates, ultimately, that will help us together to get back to those freedoms," he told Today.
He said the government was working on "how freedoms will be opened up progressively".
A large number of the newly supplied Pfizer shots - along with AstraZeneca vaccines - are expected to be sent to Sydney's south-west, the epicentre of the city's virus outbreak.
Mr Frewen said the rollout was on track for every Australian who wanted a vaccine to be jabbed by the end of the year.
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As other countries cement deals with Pfizer for the years ahead, Australia is banking on a Novavax order and awaiting advice on what else might be needed.Australia has fallen behind Europe and North America in securing more supplies of the Pfizer vaccine for future years, as nations start buying booster shots to prepare for new coronavirus strains.
"I hope we will see a real acceleration in vaccination rates."
NSW authorities hope the new vaccine supplies will boost the vaccinated number of vulnerable people and residents living in areas of concern for virus transmission.
NSW yesterday recorded 105 local cases of coronavirus and one death.
Premiersaid 27 of those new cases were infectious in the community
While most of the new vaccines have been flown to Sydney, doses are also shared between Melbourne and Perth.
Meanwhile, the opening of new vaccination hubs this morning will boost the vaccine rollout in NSW and Queensland.
One will open on Pitt Street in Sydney's CBD and another clinic will start administering COVID jabs at Belmont, near Newcastle.
In Queensland the new centres are in Ipswich and the Gold Coast in response to growing demand from local residents.
Under Federal Government plans, Australians aged under 40 should be able to get the Pfizer vaccine by September or October, if supply isn't interrupted.
Walk-up shots, priority for supermarket workers in western Sydney .
Walk-in AstraZeneca appointments will be available at five locations across Cumberland Council over the next two weeks in response to rising case numbers in the city's west.Walk-up vaccine appointments and priority access for more frontline workers will be introduced across western and south-west Sydney this week in an attempt to boost the area's vaccination coverage amid high case numbers.