300,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Australia on Sunday, as the next step in the nationwide rollout.
1.2 million of the AstraZeneca vaccine are expected to arrive in Australia before the government begins rolling it out from March 8. But will need to be tested by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) first.
With the Pfizer vaccine rollout already in full swing, the reason why the arrival of AstraZeneca is great news is because this vaccine can actually be manufactured on our shores.
“This is the next step as we ramp up the vaccine rollout,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement.
“Australia is in a unique position because importantly this vaccine gives us the ability to manufacture onshore.
“Every Australian who wishes to be vaccinated will be able to receive a vaccine this year.”
It’s expected that the majority of Australians will actually receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, as it will be manufactured here.
According to the government it doesn’t matter which vaccine you get as they are both effective at preventing against the development COVID-19 symptoms and protecting against severe disease.
So when will you actually get the jab? Well the vaccine is being rolled out in 3 phases. Phase 1a are priority groups like aged care and disability care residents, frontline health workers and quarantine and border works. 1b are elderly adults (over 70), other health care workers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 55.
Phase 2a will be adults over 50 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders between 18-54. Most likely you will be administered the jab in 2b, which is the rest of the adult population. Phase 3 are children if it has been recommended.
If you’re unsure, you can use the government’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility tracker to see when you’re able to get the jab.
But in the mean time, the government is advising that you continue to practice good hygiene, socially distance, stay home if you’re sick and get tested.