Sydney gets 50,000 extra Pfizer vaccine doses from Scott Morrison’s ’emergency supply’ after other states refused to hand over their shots
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Sydneysiders are getting an additional supply of 50,000 Pfizer doses from the national ’emergency supply’ to help alleviate the escalating Covid-19 outbreak in the state.
The federal government will send the additional Pfizer vaccine doses to NSW on top of the 150,000 already shipped after a plea for help from NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian.
The Commonwealth will send the vials from a national stockpile after other states and territories rejected the NSW government’s plea for more vaccines on Friday.
Federal government has sent 50,000 additional Pfizer doses to NSW to help state deal with Covid-19 outbreak
The Prime Minister’s office told AAP the additional vaccines are in addition to the 150,000 Pfizer doses already sent to NSW and expected to arrive within a week.
The offer comes after NSW Health Secretary Brad Hazzard said he was unaware of the additional doses being sent to NSW, stating he had seen “nothing in writing”.
“I can’t confirm that because I don’t know,” Hazzard said during Saturday’s daily Covid-19 press conference after 163 new cases were registered.
Mr Morrison said there was “potential to put more vaccines in NSW” after meeting state and territory leaders on Friday.
“But we’re not going to disrupt the vaccination program in the rest of the country.”
Mr Morrison said Australia was on track to deliver 11 million doses of vaccine on Saturday “based on yesterday’s efforts”.
“Yesterday was another record day for vaccinations across the country, with nearly 200,000 doses delivered in one day,” he said on Saturday.
Two days after apologizing for the disappointing introduction of vaccinations, the prime minister was optimistic.
The vaccines are expected to arrive within a week and are in addition to the 150,000 Pfizer doses already shipped
‘We’re around the corner, we’ve got it sorted. We are hitting the points we need to make, a million doses a week are now being delivered,” added Mr Morrison.
“We are well on our way to where we want to be by the end of the year and possibly sooner than that.”
NSW leaders on Friday declared the state’s COVID situation — with 136 locally acquired cases — a national emergency.
NSW received a further 150,000 doses of Pfizer and the same amount of AstraZeneca earlier this month as the virus began to take hold of Sydney.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews presented the idea of a ‘ring of steel’ around Sydney to prevent further spread of the virus to his and other states.
The Victorian government installed a police guard around Melbourne during the long second lockdown in 2020 to protect other areas from the spread of the virus.
Mr Morrison indicated that such measures were not necessary and said injunctions would suffice.
“There is nothing light about the lockdown in Sydney, I can assure you. My family is in it,” he said.
On Friday, 15.4 percent of the population aged 16 and older received both shots.
AstraZeneca remains only the vaccine of choice for people 60 and older due to the risk of extremely rare blood clots.
The Australian Medical Association has joined Mr Morrison in calling on the expert immunization panel to reconsider the age recommendation.
Final approval for children between the ages of 12 and 15 to receive the Pfizer shot is expected to be given late next week.
Pregnant women were added at night as a priority group for vaccination.
Victoria registered 12 new locally acquired cases on Saturday.
Queensland reported no new locally acquired or hotel quarantine cases on Saturday.
The state was put on alert Friday after a flight attendant with the virus carried out manned flights to the regions and also visited the Dreamworld theme park.
South Australia, which is also on lockdown, reported one new case on Friday.