Scott Morrison – Scott Morrison calls in the Army to help with Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout
Scott Morrison calls in the ARMY to help assist with Australia’s behind-schedule coronavirus vaccine rollout
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called in the Australian Defence Force to help get the nation’s coronavirus vaccine rollout back on schedule.
Military personnel have been enlisted to help vaccinate elderly Australians in aged care facilities in mainly regional areas, Seven News understands.
The call for help comes after the federal government fell behind schedule during the first few days of the nation’s biggest ever vaccination rollout.
The program fell short of the 60,000 Australians expected to get the jab in the first week.
As of Monday evening nearly 42,000 Australians have had their first dose, including more than 13,000 aged care residents at 158 facilities.
Federal health minister Greg Hunt said it was a progressive rollout, which will ramp up.
‘It’s been done that way for reasons of safety and security,’ he told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday.
‘We will continue to roll it out and these arrivals of vaccines are very good and the continued expansion of the program is good.’
More to come.