PM urges family trip to get vaccinated | The Canberra Times

PM urges family trip to get vaccinated |  The Canberra Times

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Scott Morrison urges families to take a trip to their community pharmacy to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after obtaining an additional million doses of the Modern mRNA vaccine. Describing it as a “family-sized dose of hope,” the prime minister secured additional supply from European Union member states, doubling the country’s Modern vaccines. In addition, he said that the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization now recommends Moderna for everyone over the age of 12. The Therapeutic Products Administration had previously granted provisional approval. “That means everyone, ages 12 to 59, can go to the community pharmacy where Moderna is administered and they can take a family hit,” Morrison told reporters in Sydney on Sunday. He said the additional doses will arrive next weekend and that 1,800 pharmacies will begin receiving the vaccines during the week of Sept. 20. The government has previously sourced additional Pfizer vaccines from Poland, Singapore and the UK. Labor health spokesman Mark Butler welcomed the extra doses of Moderna, but said they showed a deal should have been made last year. “What it reflects is our need to fetch surplus doses from other countries,” he told reporters in Adelaide. The government is spending another $ 50 million on a new campaign to try to convince the 20 percent of Australians who are reluctant to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to change their minds. “The ‘First Things First’ campaign traces a path back to our ordinary lives,” Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters in Canberra via video link. More than 66 per cent of eligible Australians over the age of 16 have received at least one COVID vaccine and 41 per cent are fully vaccinated, with some 22 million doses administered nationwide. Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said the government is already preparing for when the 80 percent target is met and international borders begin to reopen. He told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program that a QR code providing evidence of a person’s vaccination status has been developed and is being sent to Australian posts abroad for trial. These include the Pacific Islands, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. South Australian Prime Minister Steven Marshall told the program that he agrees with the national plan and hopes that the State closures and shutdowns are a thing of the past before Christmas, when the 80 percent vaccination rate is met. NSW is already planning its national reopening at a 70 percent vaccination rate, even though its daily infection rates remain stubbornly high, recording 1,262 more cases on Sunday and another seven deaths. New South Wales MP and Federal Labor leader Tanya Plibersek awaits the reopening but has some reservations. “I would be much more confident about the 70 percent target if it was clear that the prime minister is getting health advice to back it up,” she told ABC’s Insiders program. She is particularly concerned about state tracking and tracing, and the ability of hospitals to cope. “We are not going to get answers to those questions because the prime minister suspended parliament and canceled the daily press conferences,” he said. Victoria recorded another 392 new infections, while ACT recorded 15 more. Queensland authorities are breathing a sigh of relief after no new COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday, having warned they might have to take swift action after detecting five cases a day. before.

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