The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Australia has begun

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As CV19 may well be endemic, vaccinations may well be a permanent state of affairs with ongoing research required.

Total funding for the Australian Institute for Infectious Disease has now increased by another $245 million for the $650 million project.


This high-level preparedness includes:
  • Faster detection and tracking of new infectious diseases, including mutations of COVID-19
  • Faster development of new drug candidates and tools to combat new infectious diseases
  • Stronger connections with industry, pharmaceutical companies and start-ups to drive promising new technologies such as mRNA medicines and rapid diagnostics
  • Major increase in training the experts of the future in pandemic response and infectious diseases
The new state-of-the art facility will enable the Doherty Institute to expand and the Burnet Institute to relocate to the renowned biomedical precinct, planned to house more than 1000 scientists, academics, students and public health experts from the institutes alongside industry start-ups. Co-location will strengthen collaboration and engagement with their peers nationally and internationally and create a platform for new partnerships to be forged with the private sector and industry stakeholders.

Acting Victorian Premier James Merlino’s announcement today provides an additional $245 million in funding for the purpose-built complex. This adds to the $155 million committed last year, including a $5 million grant to assist with detailed planning for the project development. The University and the Burnet Institute will also invest $250 million in the $650 million project and philanthropic support is being sought.



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The SMH's Front Page coverage of the vaccine rollout continues: "Vaccines pile up as GPs wait for doses" - saying that there are thousands of doses sitting unused in Federal Government run clinics with some sites in NSW at less than 1/4 capacity.
 

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The SMH's Front Page coverage of the vaccine rollout continues: "Vaccines pile up as GPs wait for doses" - saying that there are thousands of doses sitting unused in Federal Government run clinics with some sites in NSW at less than 1/4 capacity.

Correct, I feel like I’m literally copying and pasting this because nothing has changed, we still have clinics in our network operating at less than 20% capacity and thousands on their waiting lists because the vaccines are STILL not in the right place.

One clinic got a call last week and had their allocation increased from 50 to 55... I mean are you serious?! Where in earth is all this vaccine sitting?!
 
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Is it possible to get the vaccine interstate?

ACT haven't started vaccinating 40 - 50 year olds yet, where as in NSW you can register interest.
So as an ACT resident can I register interest to get the vaccine in NSW?
 
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Is it possible to get the vaccine interstate?

ACT haven't started vaccinating 40 - 50 year olds yet, where as in NSW you can register interest.
So as an ACT resident can I register interest to get the vaccine in NSW?

I know you can def get vaccinated in VIC if you are from other states as I know colleagues who have done it, I don't know if that was because VIC is a month or so ahead of other states in rolling out mass vaccination centres though. NSW unsure, our Syd team got done at the GP clinics.
 
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You see I would re-word that that it will be worth taking the risks of AZ if the risks of COVID increase again. It's not fear of AZ, rather a risk assessment balancing 2 very tiny risks against each other. In that situation, it does not take much to tip the balance either way eg more COVID suddenly makes the clotting risk worth it. Or a change in your health status may suddenly make the vaccine look more necessary and attractive.
I think I would reword that as well. A tiny risk against an unknown risk. With millions vaccinated with AZ (even here in Australia) I think you can confidently say the risk for over 50s is tiny. Right at the moment it is possible to say the risk from catching Covid in Australia is tiny - even zero. However given recent events in Taiwan, Singapore etc the risk can change very quickly.
 

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I know you can def get vaccinated in VIC if you are from other states as I know colleagues who have done it, I don't know if that was because VIC is a month or so ahead of other states in rolling out mass vaccination centres though. NSW unsure, our Syd team got done at the GP clinics.
And here am I looking at going to NSW to get done, as it’s faster and closer than Vic. But still a couple of hours in the car. I have the feeling that if the people organising this were standing outside of a brothel and a pub, they’d remain thirsty and unsatisfied.
 

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Thanks Anna 🤡🤡


With Australia approaching the 20% mark for first doses the ALP are starting to realise maybe the rollout isn't going to be the election issue they all hoped for. She's personally helping keeping the QLD stats low by not getting jabbed herself.
 
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Correct, I feel like I’m literally copying and pasting this because nothing has changed, we still have clinics in our network operating at less than 20% capacity and thousands on their waiting lists because the vaccines are STILL not in the right place.

One clinic got a call last week and had their allocation increased from 50 to 55... I mean are you serious?! Where in earth is all this vaccine sitting?!
55 does not sound right, All 50/week clinics are getting 150/week. We got 300 delivered for next fortnight yesterday.
 

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55 does not sound right, All 50/week clinics are getting 150/week. We got 300 delivered for next fortnight yesterday.

That is not accurate unfortunately, there are still issues un upgrading all the OG '50 a week' practices.... we have had some upgraded to 150 like you, but that is still a drop in the ocean for the numbers we would be doing.
 
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Is it possible to get the vaccine interstate?

ACT haven't started vaccinating 40 - 50 year olds yet, where as in NSW you can register interest.
So as an ACT resident can I register interest to get the vaccine in NSW?
My next door neighbour is 1B and under 50 and she got the Pfizer yesterday at Garran - was very busy, so I don't see them opening up for awhile.

Why not just register with NSW and see what happens. No harm in trying?
 

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The SMH's Front Page coverage of the vaccine rollout continues: "Vaccines pile up as GPs wait for doses" - saying that there are thousands of doses sitting unused in Federal Government run clinics with some sites in NSW at less than 1/4 capacity

Which is why they should stop promoting GPs as a channel and start better promoting these clinics and then give more doses to the state run mass vac clinincs which are not struggling for bookings at all - the demand at Olympic Park is huge.

But also why people whining their GP doesn't have a dose need to make an actual effort and go to where the vaccines are. There is no need to have a consult with GP and wait in a waiting room full of sick people just to get a vaccination.

The Pfizer registration for 40-49s with NSW health is only for Olympic Park and Blacktown sites at this stage - and you provide your postcode, so hopefully they will offer to NSW residents first.

No worries about interstate take up of AZ, as there is plenty of unused (and unwonted) doses of that readily available at clinics run by commonwealth therefore available to all.
 
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Is it correct that people in their 40's can receive the Pfizer jab in NSW already? Even if they are not front line/ health workers etc?
(might be worth taking a $39 flight (MEL-SYD) to get one, ha)
ok found an asnwer.... 1621555549085.png

I've registered on VIC DHHS website to be notified when I can get the jab, as I don't qualify yet. In my 40's.
Flu shot today so ready in few weeks for covid jab.

I'm hoping people in Aus will come to the jab party once they start seeing rest of the world increasing it's jab rate & the little openness of economies & travel.

I'm frustrated at people against the jab, but do understand some reasons why, although I disagree. Ah we'll get there eventually.
 

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Is it correct that people in their 40's can receive the Pfizer jab in NSW already? Even if they are not front line/ health workers etc?
(might be worth taking a $39 flight (MEL-SYD) to get one, ha)

I've registered on VIC DHHS website to be notified when I can get the jab, as I don't qualify yet. In my 40's.
Flu shot today so ready in few weeks for covid jab.

I'm hoping people in Aus will come to the jab party once they start seeing rest of the world increasing it's jab rate & the little openness of economies & travel.

I'm frustrated at people against the jab, but do understand some reasons why, although I disagree. Ah we'll get there eventually.
My understanding is you can express an interest but the intent is they'll use this group to avoid wastage if they have spare slots. I imagine you will get a short notice "can you come in tomorrow" phone call.
 

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With Australia approaching the 20% mark for first doses the ALP are starting to realise maybe the rollout isn't going to be the election issue they all hoped for. She's personally helping keeping the QLD stats low by not getting jabbed herself.
This bit was the most bizarre


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the state is too “decentralised” to set up an AstraZeneca hub, but she’s planning Pfizer and Moderna hubs later this year.

“Queensland is a big state, it is so decentralised, that so much planning is happening at the moment for that final quarter of the year, when we have more supply in Pfizer, Moderna it is going to ramp up,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Thursday.
 

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“Queensland is a big state, it is so decentralised, that so much planning is happening at the moment for that final quarter of the year, when we have more supply in Pfizer, Moderna it is going to ramp up,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Thursday.

It's not that decentralised - there's around 3 million people in the Brisbane-Gold Coast corridor (geographically smaller than Greater Sydney) which makes up 60% of the state.
 
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