Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the rollout is still on track for mid-February, as the Medicare Benefits Schedule is confirmed.
Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved the country’s first coronavirus vaccine.
The inoculation, from Pfizer, will be available to teens over 16 and adults, with the rollout to begin next month.
Frontline workers and those in healthcare will be vaccinated first, followed by aged care staff, aged care residents and others who are particularly vulnerable.
“The TGA has granted provisional approval to Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd for its COVID-19 vaccine, COMIRNATY, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive regulatory approval in Australia,’’ the regulatory body said in a statement.
“Following a thorough and independent review of Pfizer’s submission, the TGA has decided that this vaccine meets the high safety, efficacy and quality standards required for use in Australia.”
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The federal government has also finalised the Medicare Benefits Schedule for GPs in the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, making them free to all Australians as promised.
It has been confirmed the jab will be bulk billed, with the hopes that up to 1000 clinics