Australia administers first Covid-19 vaccines

Australia administers first Covid-19 vaccines

Australia starts roll-out of vaccine; aim is to cover 4m by March

Queenslanders are on a path out of drastic lockdowns and border closures while beginning the return to normalcy as our first frontline workers pull up their sleeves today for the historic COVID-19 jab. "I think if people do take the vaccine they will have opportunity for greater freedom", Ms Berejiklian told reporters.

The prime minister joined Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly and Chief Nursing Officer Alison McMillan getting vaccinated at a Sydney medical centre, as well as healthcare workers.

There were no locally acquired COVID-19 cases reported across the country on Sunday, but there were three infections in NSW quarantine, two in South Australia and one in Western Australia.

"Many people are anxious, has this been too quick?"

"I'm actually a little bit more emotional than I thought that I would be".

She started suffering from allergic reactions and fever from February 13, they said.

Such a view was on show at the weekend when the Australian Open final crowd booed at the mention of coronavirus vaccinations.

"There's still a lot of work to do and it feels like it's taken a long time to get to this starting line but I think it really gives us hope that you know this is starting to not be so much of an issue that it has been past year", he told ABC's Radio National.

But the premier warned "until the vast majority of us have the vaccine we have to be strict, we have to continue to be vigilant".

"It does mean we can start thinking about overseas travel, we can start thinking about easing of restrictions", she said.

Ms Berejiklian said she hoped only a " very small percentage" of people would not want the vaccine.

Nurse Annabel Thomas was among the first to receive the Pfizer Vaccine at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, Monday, 22 February, 2021.

"I'd strongly suggest everyone be a part of this program".

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said vaccinating all Queensland adults - hopefully by the end of October - would "massively change" the state's response to any future outbreaks, allowing authorities to rely on more traditional measures.

She said the vaccine represented a new phase in fighting the pandemic.

At the same time, the federal government is starting to roll out vaccinations at aged care facilities across the nation.

But heading the vaccination queue was aged care resident Jane Malysiak, 85, who survived World War II in Poland as a child before migrating to Australia.

Health Minister Greg Hunt and the head of the Health Department Brendan Murphy will get the alternative AstraZeneca jab when it becomes available, which is expected to be next month.

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