Staying Covid-Informed across Australia
The past 18 months have been tough. March 11 marked one year since the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 as a Pandemic and a lot has changed since then. There is, however, hope and light amongst the dark as we unpack the vaccine rollout, and what that means for the community.
The Hon Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health and Aged Care said the COVID-19 vaccine rollout was one of the largest logistical exercises ever undertaken in the country.
“We have been particularly encouraged by the enthusiastic response from Australians in getting vaccinated,” he said.
“Australia’s vaccination rollout will help reduce the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will save lives and livelihoods.”
Minister Hunt said we as a nation had successfully suppressed this highly infectious disease and he was optimistic about where the vaccination rollout was headed.
“It is really important that all Australians come forward and get the vaccine when it is their turn to do so,” he said.
The vaccine rollout will be delivered in phases across Australia to best meet the needs of the people that need to be protected from the virus. This may change over time and the groups prioritised may be amended. As of March 29, at the time of publication, the Government has administered 541,761 doses for all Australians, 795 aged care and residential disability facilities have taken part in the vaccination program for first doses and 222 for second doses, and 82,542 Commonwealth delivered vaccines have been given as priority to people in aged care and disability care.
For the most recent up-to-date statistics State-by-State, please follow this link. The Australian Government Department of Health have released helpful information for people with disability in regard to the vaccination program and any questions they may have which you read about here.
The following is a snapshot of the rollout plan and what each phase includes.
Quarantine and border workers
Frontline health care worker sub-groups for prioritisation
Aged care and disability care staff
Aged care and disability care residents
Elderly adults aged 80 years and over
Elderly adults aged 70-79 years
Other health care workers
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55
Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
Critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
Adults aged 60-69 years
Adults aged 50-59 years
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54
Other critical and high-risk workers
Balance of adult population
Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases
< 16 if recommended.
There is a global demand for the Covid-19 vaccination rollout and the balance to get the vaccine and distribution right, is an uphill challenge for authorities and medical professionals. As we wait for the gradual national distribution, it is continually important to be Covid-safe, practice social distancing and good hygiene and to stay at home if you are experiencing symptoms or feel unwell and get yourself tested. The video to the left highlights the Australian Government Department of Health video about the top 3 vaccination questions they have received.
Across Australia (Covid-19 in the news) *information is correct from the date of print
*Information is constantly changing, so it is essential we have access to accurate information when we need it. Each state across Australia has launched their own Covid authoritative website to share up-to-date news about Coronavirus, mandatory regulations, vaccinations, lockdowns, and transmission rates including active cases. Please see your local website for information that relates to you. #StayConnectedStaySafe
- WA: visit the Healthy WA website
- NSW: visit the State Government website
- Victoria: visit the Coronavirus Victoria website
- Queensland: visit the State Government website
- NT: visit the Coronavirus NT website
- South Australia: visit the Coronavirus SA website
- Tasmania: visit the Coronavirus Tasmania website
- ACT: visit the Coronavirus ACT website.
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