Western Australians will receive COVID-19 vaccine jabs from Monday.
Since the pandemic started in Australia, approximately 1 year ago, here we are now with a vaccine in hand.
Western Australian residents will start receiving the covid-19 vaccines from Monday, with an estimated 5,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine expected to arrive in the state on Sunday.
From there a further 5,000 doses will be arriving in WA each week for the first three weeks.
Who will receive the vaccine first?
Hotel quarantine and border control workers, as well as health, aged care, and disability workers will be prioritised at the top of the list.
As two jabs are required for the vaccine to be effective it’s predicted by mid-March around 5,000 West Australians will be fully vaccinated – approximately 0.2% of WA’s population, showing we still have a long road ahead until we have herd immunisation against COVID-19 in the state.
Australia COVID-19 roll-out plan
Phase 1a Monday, February 22
Up to 1.4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to quarantine and border workers, frontline healthcare workers and aged care and disability care residents and workers.
Phase 1b up to 14.8 million doses
Elderly adults aged 80 years and over, elderly adults aged 70-79 years, other healthcare workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 55, younger adults with an underlying medical condition and critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing personnel are included in Phase 1b.
Phase 2a up to 15.8 million doses
It will be offered to adults aged 60-69 years, adults aged 50-59 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54 and other critical and high-risk workers.
Phase 2b up to 16 million doses
COVID-19 vaccine will then be offered to the rest of the adult population.
Phase 3 up to 13.6 million doses and will be offered to people under 16 years old if it is recommended by the TGA.
The whole vaccine program is costing the Federal Government about $6.3 billion.
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