Scott Morrison – Scott Morrison to answer virus questions
Many Australians still have burning questions about the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the first doses being rolled out across the country, with one particular question coming up more than others.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Secretary of the Department of Health Professor Brendan Murphy will be going live on news.com.au’s Facebook page tonight to talk about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
From 7.30pm (AEDT) news.com.au’s national political editor Samantha Maiden will conduct a live interview with Mr Morrison and Mr Murphy, who will answer any concerns or queries you might have regarding the vaccine.
Vaccinating against COVID-19 is the easiest way for Australians to get their normal lives back, but millions are hesitant to get the jab.
Our Best Shot is news.com.au’s campaign answering your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine roll out.
We’ll debunk myths about vaccines, answer your concerns about the jab and tell you when you can get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved the Pfizer vaccine for use on January 25, with the first doses expected to be rolled out by the end of February.
The organisation is now working through the approval process for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
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News.com.au has already put a call out to readers to submit the questions they want answered and there was one question that popped up repeatedly: “Will I be able to choose which vaccine I receive?”
Some other questions people want to know include:
• Do you still need the jab if you have recovered from COVID-19?
• Will you receive a document to provide you have received the vaccination?
• Are the vaccines safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women?
Are there any other questions you want asnwered? Let us know below.
The vaccines will be rolled out in five different phases, with the first step, Phase 1a covering frontline healthcare workers, quarantine and border workers, aged care and disability care staff and aged care and disability care residents.
The next stage, Phase 1b, will include people aged 70 and over, other healthcare workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 and over, people with a disability or underlying medical condition and critical and high-risk workers, such as emergency services, defence personnel and meat processing staff.
Next up in Phase 2a, will be 50-69 year olds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18-24 and other critical and high risk workers. About 6.5 million people are expected to be vaccinated in this phase.
Phase 2b will include the rest of the population aged 16 and over, with the vaccine to be offered to 6.6 million Australians.
The final part of the rollout, Phase 3, will include people under the age of 16 who didn’t meet the criteria for the other sections.
This phase will only be commenced if recommended by health authorities.