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Kamis, 18 Februari 2021

Coronavirus Australia live news: Three days to go until the first COVID vaccines are administered in Australia - ABC News

Some vulnerable Australians will have to wait for the COVID vaccine

This is Rachel, Ivy and Tanya — none of them are in the first phase of Australia's COVID vaccine rollout. (ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

When the Federal Government released its plan for the mass vaccination program, Ivy Sutton looked at her family and wondered why they were in the same phase as meat processing workers.

Ms Sutton is 71 years old, which places her in phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination program, but it's not herself she's worried about.

Her three adopted children, two now adults — Robert, Tanya and Rachel — all live with disability as well as other health complications and Ms Sutton believes they should be vaccinated in the first phase.

"Sometimes I think it's an oversight," Ivy says.

Her daughter Tanya, 40, is a quadriplegic Indigenous woman and was shocked she was not included in the 1a priority group.

"To be honest with you, I thought I would be higher," she says.

"I kind of feel like I'm a sitting duck because if I get [COVID-19], that means my mum, my cousin and my brother get wiped out and vice-versa; if they get it, I am gone because I can't fight."

National medical reporter Sophie Scott and Penny Timms and Emily Clark from the Specialist Reporting Team have the full story here.

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2021-02-18 20:35:20Z
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