Australia To Ramp Up COVID-19 Vaccinations From July
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Mon 21st June 2021 | 06:00 PM
CANBERRA, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Jun, 2021 ) :Australia will ramp up the availability of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine after further limiting access to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Vaccine rollout coordinator and Royal Australian Navy Commodore Eric Young on Monday afternoon announced that 136 vaccination centers will be administering Pfizer vaccines by the end of July, up from 22 currently, as more supply becomes available.
Coordinator General of Operation COVID Shield, Lt. Gen. John Frewen, said in the same press conference that at the moment they were still in a resource-constrained environment.
The Australian government announced earlier in June that the vaccine would be made available to people aged 60 and over on the recommendation of the technical advisory group on immunization, rather than those aged 50 and over as was previously recommended.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the updated advice was based on new evidence demonstrating a higher risk for the very rare TTS (thrombocytopenia syndrome) condition in the 50-59 age group.
According to him, AstraZeneca remains recommended for those aged 60 and over based on the much higher risk of illness and death from COVID-19 in this age group, and the lower risk of this condition.
"All states and territories agreed to prioritize Pfizer appointments for people aged 40-59 and Phase 1a and 1b eligible people under the age of 40 years of age," Morrison said in a statement after the meeting on Monday.
As of Monday afternoon, there had been 30,356 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, and the numbers of locally and overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours were three and 21 respectively, with one extra case under investigation, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health.