The government will begin getting COVID jabs into people’s arms as of Monday, as Pfizer’s jab touched down in Sydney yesterday afternoon.
Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters the more than 142,000 doses will be subject to security and quality assurance “in particular to ensure that temperature maintenance has been preserved throughout the course of the flight”.
Pfizer’s vaccine must be kept between -60 and -90 degrees Celsius.
The government said it would be releasing 80,000 doses from Monday, with 50,000 going to states and territories to be administered to frontline health and quarantine workers, and the other 30,000 will be given to aged and disability care residents and staff.
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Mr Hunt said the states are “magnificently prepared” to receive their allocation of vaccines, which will be determined based on population size.
Australia has secured 10 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, which required two doses per person to at its most effective.
Most Aussies however will receive the vaccine developed by