COVID-19 frontline workers in NSW will start being vaccinated from Monday, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian arguing the definition of "success" in tackling the virus must change as the rollout progresses.
Vaccinations will be given at Westmead, Liverpool and Royal Prince Alfred hospitals in Sydney, with regional hubs to be established as soon as possible.
"Vaccines keep you from getting seriously ill, even if you don't get sick", State epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said at a news conference Friday.
He said the United Kingdom would "definitely" receive its vaccine supply at the rate promised over the next three to six months, meaning the jab rollout will likely be slowed by hiccups.
Inoculations of 3.7 million more health workers will begin in March, followed by about 36 million people aged 65 and older starting in April. However, they still encouraged residents to remain vigilant as the threat of the virus continues to loom. Just because the vaccine rollout has started it doesn't mean we can relax, ' she said. I want to thank everyone involved in the process'. Although pregnant women were not included in the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, they are at increased risk for hospitalization and death due to COVID-19.
Japan, with a population of 126 million, last month signed a contract with Pfizer Inc to procure 144 million doses of its vaccine, or enough for 72 million people.
'Today is an important day.
UK adults could have two jabs by September
"We have been told that the state is planning to work with home health agencies to administer vaccinations to people who are stuck in their homes", Colin Killick, executive director of Disability Policy Consortium, told The Boston Globe.
"I feel like these vaccines are the trump card in COVID-19 countermeasures".
Speaking on the expected challenges of the first roll-out, Khairy said the government would need to ensure that the transportation and storage for the Pfizer vaccines was seamless to avoid potential wastage.
The first vials of locally produced AstraZeneca vaccine coming off the line in Victoria yesterday.
Some of the vaccines were sold to hospitals in China, many of which are desperate for vaccine doses, as the Chinese government has only been able to deliver about 40 million vaccine doses to its population of over 1 billion people so far.
Logistics firm DHL will help with the transportation of the vaccines using dry-ice filled boxes.
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