Australians over 50 will be ‘mass-vaccinated’ with AstraZeneca at dedicated hubs from June – but everyone else will have to wait SIX MONTHS for injections with no blood clot links to arrive
- Scott Morrison has spoken with prime ministers about setting up massive vaccination centers
- I hope they will be able to poke 50+ with AstraZeneca from June or July
- Younger Australians will have to wait until after October for additional Pfizer jabs
- Mr. Morrison said he would like to vaccinate all Aussies by the end of 2021
Australians over 50 will be ‘mass vaccinated’ this winter with the AstraZeneca jab at dedicated hubs – but everyone else will have to wait much longer.
Scott Morrison promised that the entire adult population would be immunized by October, but the rollout was completely derailed by the link of the shot with blood clots.
Twenty million doses of Pfizer are on the way, but there will be no more help for younger Australians until October.
The prime minister said he “would like” all Australians to get at least their first dose by the end of the year, but made no guarantees.
Scott Morrison (photo in Perth) plans to set up massive vaccination centers in Australia
In a desperate bid to get the stalled program back on track, he plans to create massive hubs to ramp up vaccinations.
Mr Morrison revealed that he has spoken with at least one prime minister – believed to be NSW leader Gladys Berejiklian – about vaccinating millions of Australians as soon as enough domestically produced vaccine is available in June or July.
Ms Berejiklian has already vowed to set up a hub in Sydney Olympic Park after criticizing the federal government for its slow rollout, which has so far lagged far behind targets.
Initially, the hubs will only be able to immunize people over 50, as the AstraZeneca vaccine is not recommended for Australians under that age due to a one in 350,000 chance that it will cause a potentially fatal blood clot.
But Mr. Morrison wants everyone to be vaccinated by the end of the year, and plans to launch a vaccination bombardment in the past three months 2021, with Pfizer under 50 soon to be praised for getting the country over the line.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has already vowed to set up a massive vaccination center in Sydney Olympic Park (photo)
About 20 million doses of Pfizer and up to 51 million doses of the Novavax shot – which is still in phase three trials in the US and Mexico and has yet to be approved – will arrive in Australia after October.
The prime minister put the national cabinet of prime ministers back on ‘war feet’ to discuss the roll-out of vaccines every two weeks.
He said in Perth on Wednesday that he wants all Australians to be vaccinated before 2022.
‘In the fourth quarter of this year we have a large number of vaccines. We would like this to be done before the end of the year, ”he said.
‘But that is only possible if we can provide massive vaccination programs that can do that in that space in that last quarter.
“For that, we’ll have AstraZeneca vaccines that we think we can increase the rate of vaccination for people between the ages of 50 and 70. That’s millions of Australians. ‘
Morrison wants young people under 50 to be stabbed quickly by the end of 2021 with Pfizer or Novavax shots, which have yet to be approved.
He added: “We have a strong network of 4,000 GPs to process the vaccines. Likewise, there is an option to work – and I have discussed this with at least one prime minister – on how mass vaccination could be an option sooner, say in June or July.
‘We want to ensure that we can implement systems, understand the risks associated with them, understand what resources are needed and manage those programs as a national cabinet.’
On Tuesday evening, 1,295,672 vaccines had been administered across Australia.
The rollout was hampered by delivery delays due to a European export ban, which prevented 3 million doses from arriving.
The surgery took a heavy blow last week when scientists recommended under 50 years of age get the Pfizer vaccine instead of the AstraZeneca shot, which causes blood clots in extremely rare cases.
The news forced Mr. Morrison to order 20 million additional doses of Pfizer and scrap his goal of vaccinating all Australians by October as they will not arrive by then.