The coronavirus vaccine will launch in Australia in March – four months after it became available overseas – and there will be no fine for rejecting the vaccine
- Australia is well on its way to launching the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine in March
- The government will not withhold benefits from those who oppose an optional push
- But Qantas said it can't let people fly unless they prove they had it
Australia is well on its way to launching the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine in March, Health Secretary Greg Hunt said Thursday.
The injection is optional and the government has no plans to use the injection The “no jab, no pay” rule prevents parents from receiving social benefits if they refuse to vaccinate their child against other diseases.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had "great confidence" in Australian regulators to ensure that each vaccine is completely safe before it is approved.
The shock will be handed first to health workers and vulnerable people such as the elderly and indigenous Australians. Children are not classified as in need of protection and are not prioritized.
The vaccine will then be offered to the public, with all Australians who wish to be vaccinated expected to be vaccinated in late 2021.
The shock will be delivered to health workers and vulnerable people first, including elderly and indigenous Australians. There are no plans to give priority to less vulnerable children
Australia is well on its way to launching the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine in March, Health Secretary Greg Hunt (pictured) said Thursday
The UK became the first country in the world to approve a vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech on Wednesday, paving the way for vaccinations to start next week.
However, it has only been approved for use in emergencies for vulnerable people as Covid-19 is so prevalent in the UK.
Australia has no way to approve an emergency drug, which means full approval is required.
This is expected in late January or February as scientists inundate the experimental data.
Mr Morrison said Australia was in no rush because the Covid-19 situation in Australia was "very stable" with only a few cases.
"We are in a very strong position in Australia and that allows us to get this right," he said.
Australian regulators are considering approving three vaccines, each requiring two doses per person. The data from end-stage studies is expected to be fully released this month.
John Skerritt, assistant secretary of the Therapeutic Goods Administration – the agency that approves drugs and vaccines – said his team will analyze the data over Christmas.
"We will have final dates for some of the products in December and then hope to get regulatory approval in late January through February if all goes well," he said.
The contracts complement the agreements already signed with the University of Queensland and the University of Oxford, bringing the total number of potential doses to 134 million
Once approved, the vaccine doses will be shipped across the country.
Minister Hunt said: “We are on track for decisions with the early vaccines by the end of January. We are on our way to the first vaccinations starting with our health workers and geriatric carers, which will need to be approved in March. & # 39;
Last month, Mr Morrison announced that unvaccinated arrivals in Australia could be quarantined for two weeks unless they have a "real medical reason" not to get the sting.
Qantas chief Alan Joyce has caused anger among anti-Vaxxers and vaccine skeptics after he said his airline could ban people who have not taken the bump from international flights.
Japan Airlines and Korean Air said they had no plans to make a vaccine mandatory for travel.
Minister Hunt said there will be no way for companies like airlines to access medical records to find out who has been vaccinated and such information will only be provided with the traveler's consent.
Scott Morrison has suggested that Australians who refuse to receive a Covid-19 vaccine must be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival. Pictured: passengers arrive in Melbourne
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