Staying Covid-Informed across Australia

A blue gloved hand holds the Covid-19 vaccine
 

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. 

 

Picture of a man at a microphone with the Australian flag behind him

“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. 


Vaccine Rollout 

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. 

 

Phase 1a: 

  • Quarantine and border workers 

  • Frontline health care worker sub-groups for prioritisation 

  • Aged care and disability care staff 

  • Aged care and disability care residents 

Phase 1b: 

  • 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 

Phase 2a: 

  • Adults aged 60-69 years 

  • Adults aged 50-59 years 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54 

  • Other critical and high-risk workers 

Phase 2b: 

  • Balance of adult population 

  • Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases 

And lastly,  

Phase 3: 

< 16 if recommended. 

 

 

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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.  

 

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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  

 

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