Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described the start of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program as a “recreation changer”, as he joined a small group of individuals in turning into the primary within the nation to obtain their jabs.
- The Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nurse, aged care residents, vital aged care workers and frontline staff have obtained Pfizer photographs
- Mr Morrison stated it was the “Australian manner” to not make the vaccine obligatory
- Well being Minister Greg Hunt stated it was “vital” that the group had confidence within the vaccine program
Jane Malysiak, an 84-year-old World Conflict II survivor who was born in Poland and moved to Australia as a young person, was first in line for the Pfizer shot.
She led a listing of 11 different individuals to obtain the jab, together with aged and incapacity care residents and workers, resort quarantine staff and folks in frontline well being care roles.
The Prime Minister stated it was a “historic day” that might rework Australia’s response to the pandemic.
“Immediately is the start of a giant recreation changer, there is no doubt about that,” he stated.
“And its profitable rollout will solely additional scale back the chance. And while you scale back the chance then clearly you don’t want extra blunt and excessive measures.”
Mr Morrison described right this moment’s vaccinations, which included Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly and Chief Nursing Officer Alison McMillan, as a “curtain raiser” to the broader rollout.
“Tens of 1000’s of individuals will probably be coming in tomorrow and I wished them to know as they went to mattress tonight that we have now been capable of reveal our confidence within the well being and security of this vaccination, to allow them to know that it is good to go,” he stated.
“I name on my fellow Australians, and I’ve, by my very own instance right this moment, joined by the Chief Nurse of Midwifery and the Chief Medical Officer of our nation, along with these Australians who’re within the prime precedence of this vaccination program, to say to you Australians, it is protected, it is necessary.
“Be a part of us on this Australian path that sees us come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Vaccine not obligatory for aged care staff to keep away from ‘backlash’
The primary section of this system will contain vaccinating residents and workers in aged and incapacity care, together with border and resort quarantine staff and folks in frontline healthcare roles.
Federal Well being Minister Greg Hunt defended the choice to not mandate COVID-19 vaccines for aged care workers, saying the Australian Well being Safety Principal Committee (AHPPC) had determined in opposition to it.
“Provided that this can be a new vaccine, that they had no doubts about its security or efficacy, however they did not need to create a resistance or a backlash,” he stated.
Mr Morrison stated it was the “Australian manner” to not make the vaccine obligatory, however that it was as much as the states and territories to impose public well being orders, as had already been finished with flu vaccines.
“As with every part in a pandemic, you watch the knowledge, you are taking the recommendation, you see the way it progresses and also you make smart choices,” the Prime Minister stated.
Mr Hunt stated it was “vital” that the group had confidence within the vaccine program.
“As extra Australians take it, as we have seen all over the world, and it is proven to be protected, it is proven to be efficient, then that raises confidence throughout the group,” he stated.
Fb promoting ban whereas stoush continues
Mr Hunt additionally revealed he had directed his workplace and division to not promote with Facebook while the social media platform was blocking news content for Australian users.
He later clarified that info would nonetheless be posted on Fb however that the division wouldn’t be paying for it.
“We’ll proceed to offer info, what we would not be doing within the speedy future is doing extra paid promoting,” he stated.
“These are social media shops which have a common capability to put up, however then on prime of that … there’s the capability to do paid promoting, and it is that factor which isn’t on the playing cards for now.”
Mr Hunt accused Fb of appearing like “sovereign bullies”, arguing it “will not get away with it”.
Facebook restricted access to Australian news content last week in response to the federal authorities’s proposed media bargaining code.
Nevertheless it additionally briefly blocked the pages of well being and emergency providers businesses, prompting authorities accusations that it was damaging its personal credibility.