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Australia starts Covid-19 vaccination; PM among first to get a shot

On Feb. 15 Australia's first vaccines had arrived, when more than 142,000 doses of th Pfizer/BioNTech shot landed at Sydney's airpor



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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, left, watches as Sarah Fletcher, second from left, is taken through procedure of receiving a vaccine at the Sydney local health district vaccination hub in Sydney (Photo: AP)

Australia’s Covid-19 vaccination program starts on Sunday, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and senior medical officials set to join a group of aged-care residents and staff in receiving the first shots.

Morrison and the nation’s chief medical and nursing officers will be among a small group receiving the vaccination to help build public confidence in its safety, Health Minister Greg Hunt said on ABC television.

The broader rollout will start on Monday.

Hunt said on Feb. 15 that Australia’s first vaccines had arrived, when more than 142,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech shot landed at Sydney’s airport.

About 80,000 doses of the vaccine will be released in the first week.

Australia is giving priority to hotel quarantine and border workers, front-line health-care workers and aged-care residents and staff.

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First Published: Sun, February 21 2021. 08:04 IST