Greater than 17,000 individuals have been vaccinated in Queensland final weekend as quite a few vaccine hubs opened up, providing injections to individuals over the age of 40.
However there was confusion over which vaccine individuals ought to obtain — AstraZeneca or Pfizer.
Here is every little thing you might want to learn about Queensland’s vaccine rollout.
Who’s eligible now?
First issues first — you might want to be eligible to register and e-book a vaccine appointment on-line.
Presently, solely individuals within the 1A and 1B precedence teams are being supplied vaccines, together with individuals over the age of 40.
The 1A class consists of:
- Frontline healthcare staff
- Quarantine and border staff
- Aged care employees and residents
- Incapacity care employees and residents
Folks within the 1B precedence group are additionally eligible. This group consists of:
- Anybody aged 70 years and above
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults aged 50 or older
- Youthful adults with a selected underlying medical situation
- Folks residing with a incapacity
Staff in high-risk environments are additionally eligible, together with the defence power, police, hearth, emergency companies, meat processing and different choose industries.
Individuals who dwell with quarantine staff, border staff or healthcare staff are additionally eligible to obtain a vaccine.
What you might want to learn about coronavirus:
Are you able to select your vaccine?
The Queensland authorities is following the recommendation of the Therapeutic Items Administration (TGA), encouraging individuals over the age of fifty to get the AstraZeneca vaccine and these beneath 50 to get Pfizer.
Nonetheless, some individuals over 50 have reported being given a alternative of vaccine when turning up for the injection.
Well being Minister Yvette D’Ath advised ABC Radio Brisbane individuals would have the ability to select as soon as extra vaccines turned obtainable.
She stated Queensland was now receiving as much as 50,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine per week.
“In the end, individuals may have a alternative as extra vaccines come on-line later within the 12 months, so that they’ve by no means been advised that they will be refused Pfizer,” Ms D’Ath stated.
She nonetheless urged individuals over 50 to go for AstraZeneca whereas provides of Pfizer have been restricted, to prioritise that choice for individuals aged beneath 50, as really useful by the TGA.
“We would choose to not be utilizing Pfizer for over 50s … at this stage,” Ms D’Ath stated.
Adults aged 50 and over have been requested to speak to their GPs about which vaccine can be greatest suited to their well being wants.
A GP can then administer that vaccine, or they will attend a Commonwealth respiratory clinic, however are urged to not attend a COVID vaccine hub.
How ought to over-50s wanting Pfizer go about it?
Step one is discussing the scenario with a GP.
Ms D’Ath stated the Pfizer vaccine is being despatched to the hubs, whereas the AstraZeneca vaccine is being despatched to GPs.
“We distribute our AstraZeneca to the GPs and the pharmacies to allow them to assist as many people who find themselves 50 plus get their AstraZeneca and we are able to concentrate on Pfizer,” she stated.
Some individuals over 50 have efficiently walked right into a vaccine hub with no reserving and obtained a Pfizer jab.
Ms D’Ath stated whereas this was not really useful by the federal government, she did know of individuals ready till the top of the day for any vaccines nonetheless obtainable as a result of different individuals did not present up for his or her appointments.
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