AGED and disability care workers and residents across the northern beaches will be among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine next week.
The vaccine will be rolled out at more than 240 facilities in more than 190 locations across Australia from Monday.
While the Australian Government has not released a list of northern beaches facilities that will be included, it has announced the suburbs. They include: Collaroy, Collaroy Plateau, Narrabeen, Terrey Hills and Warriewood.
The rollout will begin with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and following the approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Tuesday, will include the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine from early March.
People in priority groups who are most at risk and who need protection the most - will receive a vaccine first.
The initial priority groups include aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers, and quarantine and border workers.
The vaccination program will save and protect lives. Both of our vaccines will prevent serious illness. That is our primary goal.Minister for health and aged care Greg Hunt
Minister for health and aged care, Greg Hunt, said Australia's vaccine strategy is strong and on schedule.
"This week the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has arrived in the country and the TGA has approved the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine. These are two outstanding vaccines that will be available to people in Australia free of charge," he said.
Frontline healthcare workers and quarantine and border workers will receive the vaccine through Pfizer hubs run by states and territories. In addition, a commonwealth led in-reach vaccination workforce will ensure residential aged care and disability care residents and staff receive their vaccines.
Minister Hunt said the staged approach to the rollout would ensure those who need the most protection get it first.
"Our frontline border and quarantine workers, and people living and working in residential aged and disability care facilities will be the first to receive their vaccines," he said.
"The vaccination program will save and protect lives. Both of our vaccines will prevent serious illness. That is our primary goal."
People eligible for vaccination under phase 1a of the rollout
Aged care and group disability care workers and residents, including:
- Residents of aged care and people with disability living in disability residential accommodation
Quarantine and border workers, including:
- Staff at entry points to the country (such as sea ports and land borders)
- Staff working in quarantine facilities, including those employed under Commonwealth, state or private agreements, and
- Commonwealth employees (including Defence personnel) who are identified as having the potential to encounter returning travellers as part of their work.
Frontline health workers (including clinical, medical students and administrative staff) most likely to be exposed to COVID-19 including:
- Frontline staff in facilities or services such as hospital emergency departments,COVID-19 and respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and High-dependency Units
- Laboratory staff handling potentially infectious material
- Ambulance and paramedics service
- GP respiratory clinics, and
- COVID-19 testing facilities.
Other health workers will follow in Phase 1B
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