Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program will begin today, Health Minister Greg Hunt says
Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program will start today, Health Minister Greg Hunt says.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to be among the first people to receive the jab.
The first Pfizer doses had been due to be administered tomorrow but Mr Hunt told the ABC’s Insiders program it had been brought forward by a day.
“Today the first group of people will be vaccinated, commencing with two of our aged care residents, our critical aged care staff, front line workers,” he said.
“We also know that the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Nurse and the Prime Minister [will be vaccinated], in order to provide confidence. The Prime Minister will be the last of that group.
“And so today is the day where the first vaccines will be administered in Australia.”
Mr Hunt said Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese would also receive his vaccine this week.
“So this is a cross-parliamentary view where parliamentarians don’t have any special status, the Cabinet or shadow cabinet doesn’t, nor even does the leadership,” he said.
“But it is about the confidence and indeed the research shows that people want to see that if we believe it’s safe, then that will give them greater confidence.
“Many people are worried, has this been too quick? And we have to show that it has been a full, thorough assessment and that we believe in the safety ourselves.”