SYDNEY - Australia's rollout of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine continued on Monday, with the state of Queensland delivering it's first doses to frontline hospital and medical staff.
Over the weekend, clinics in Western Australia also commenced administering the vaccine with the program expected to gain pace over the coming weeks.
Cases of COVID-19 remained extremely low across Australia, with an estimated 97 active cases nationally, all of which were in isolation.
On Sunday, Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt announced that more than 4,500 general practitioners would participate in Phase 1b of Australia's COVID-19 rollout, which he described as one of the greatest logistical challenges in the country's history.
"Phase 1b of the rollout includes vulnerable populations, such as older people and people with certain underlying conditions," Hunt said.
"More than 1,000 general practices will commence from the week of 22 March 2021, with a rapid scale up over the following four weeks. This will ensure an efficient and equitable distribution of vaccines across the country."
Australia's remote communities were told they would also have ready access to the vaccine through more than 130 GP-led respiratory clinics and over 300 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.
President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), Sarah Chalmers acknowledged the importance of including all Australians in the rollout plan regardless of where they live.
"The equitable distribution points across the country means that all our vulnerable patients can access the vaccine," Chalmers said.
"ACRRM acknowledges the enormous amount of work that has been put into planning for the vaccination rollout, including for rural and remote communities."
2021年3月5日，一小瓶阿斯利康新冠肺炎疫苗出现在法国。[图片/机构]悉尼——澳大利亚阿斯利康新冠肺炎疫苗的首次亮相于周一继续进行，昆士兰州向前线医院和医务人员输送了第一剂疫苗。周末，西澳大利亚的诊所也开始接种疫苗，预计该项目将在未来几周加快步伐。澳大利亚各地的新冠肺炎病例仍然极低，全国估计有97例活跃病例，全部为孤立病例。周日，澳大利亚卫生部长格雷格·亨特(Greg Hunt)宣布，将有4500多名全科医生参加澳大利亚新冠肺炎第一阶段的推广活动，他称这是该国历史上最大的后勤挑战之一。亨特说:“推出的第1b阶段包括弱势群体，如老年人和患有某些潜在疾病的人。”“从2021年3月22日开始，将有1000多项常规做法，并在随后的四周内迅速扩大规模。这将确保在全国范围内高效、公平地分发疫苗。”澳大利亚的偏远社区被告知，他们也可以通过130多个全科医生领导的呼吸诊所和300多个土著社区控制的卫生服务机构获得疫苗。澳大利亚农村和偏远医学学院(ACRRM)院长萨拉·查尔莫斯(Sarah Chalmers)承认将所有澳大利亚人纳入推广计划的重要性，无论他们住在哪里。查尔莫斯说:“全国各地的公平分配点意味着我们所有的弱势患者都可以获得疫苗。”。“ACRRM承认为疫苗接种推广计划投入了大量工作，包括农村和偏远社区。”