There’s been some big changes to Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, with anyone under the age of 40 now able to request the AstraZeneca jab.
An emergency National Cabinet meeting was held on Monday night, with the current covid outbreaks across the country sparking calls for vaccine numbers to be increased.
Following the meeting, Prime Minister, Scott Morrison said it was agreed a no-fault indemnity scheme will be introduced for GP’s, allowing them to comfortably engage with patients about the rare risks associated with the jab.
“If you wish to get the AstraZeneca vaccine then we would encourage you to go and have that discussion with your GP.”
It comes as the rollout of Pfizer in the ACT is also given a boost, with a new mass vaccination hub open at the Canberra Airport.
The new clinic will operate seven days a week and its hoped to provide up to 3,000 appointments per week.
ACT Health Minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the current situation across the border in New South Wales is a reminder that we can’t delay in getting the vaccine.
“We are urging Canberrans to roll up their sleeves and take up the opportunity to get a vaccination as soon as possible.”
“The vaccine is one way that Canberrans can protect themselves, their families and our community from the worst health impacts of COVID-19,” she said.
As of Monday, the ACT’s two Pfizer vaccine hubs, the other located at the Garran Surge Centre, were both booked up until the end of July.
Appointment for the AstraZeneca vaccine at the Calvary clinic were available as early as Tuesday.