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Harriet Shing MP:
Latrobe health ready for vaccine rollout

People at high risk will be prioritised and be provided with safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

By Portal Admin - 5th February 2021 - Back to News

The first stage of the Commonwealths coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination program will be ready to roll out at Latrobe Health for high-risk, priority people in Latrobe Valley as soon as a vaccine is available.Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced people at greatest risk of COVID-19 in the Latrobe Valley will be provided with a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine at Latrobe Health - one of nine regional and suburban Victorian public hospital vaccination hubs across the state.

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine received Commonwealth regulatory approval

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive Commonwealth regulatory approval in Australia, undergoing a complete assessment and approval process and meeting high safety, efficacy and quality standards. Two doses are provided at least three weeks apart and the vaccine must be stored and transported at -70C. The Commonwealth advises the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive and be rolled out in mid-to-late February.

Schedule and eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines

Australias COVID-19 vaccines will be available in phases, as defined by the Commonwealths schedule, with the Commonwealth prioritising groups based on expert medical and public health advice. People eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine as part of Phase 1a include:

  • Quarantine and border workers and all staff working in the hotel quarantine program
  • Frontline at-risk health care workers including hospital staff working in COVID and suspected COVID wards, emergency department and ICU staff, staff at GP respiratory clinics and COVID-19 testing facilities, ambulance staff and paramedics
  • Aged care and disability care staff and residents.

Further roll-out of other vaccines, including the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, will depend on the Commonwealths regulatory approval, volume and timing of doses becoming available. Work is underway to identify sites across Victoria to ensure all Victorians can easily get vaccinated.

The Minister for Health, Martin Foley said, "The vaccine is safe, effective and free and it will be provided first to Victorians who are most at risk of infection or serious illness, such as people in aged care and our frontline health staff.

Weve chosen nine regional and suburban locations including in the Latrobe Valley and were working closely with the Commonwealth to ensure were ready to deliver it as soon as its available."The Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing said, "Getting people in the Latrobe Valley who are most at risk of infection vaccinated as soon as possible will protect the health of those vaccinated, as well as their families and the whole community.

Our priority is to make sure that any vaccine which becomes available can be administered to people in the Latrobe Valley as quickly and safely as possible."

To see the latest information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in Victoria, please visit: COVID-19 vaccine or Government Health Initiatives and Programs.


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