Jumat, 09 April 2021

Queensland to recalibrate Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine rollout across the state - ABC News

Queensland authorities say they will work with the Commonwealth government to recalibrate the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the state.

Late on Thursday night, Australian health authorities advised that the Pfizer vaccine should be given to Australians aged under 50, amid concerns of rare blood clots potentially linked to the AstraZeneca vaccination

Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has encouraged people over 50 to continue coming forward to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

"It is important that older people who are not at that increased risk of having those adverse events from the AstraZeneca vaccine continue to come forward and get vaccinated," Dr Young said.

"We don't know when we might have an outbreak of COVID-19 — we need to be prepared, so people must come forward and get vaccinated.

Pfizer vaccine hubs will be set up in every Queensland Health hospital and health service across the state, in light of the new storage requirements by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

"Originally we were only going to put them in the larger ones, but now we'll be rolling them out across the whole state — so there will be Pfizer vaccine available across the whole state," Dr Young said.

She said authorities had recently revised storage advice for Pfizer doses and it could now be stored for two weeks in a normal freezer, rather than a freezer at -70 degrees Celsius, and for five days in a normal fridge.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the vaccine rollout was "business as usual".

"We accept the health advice about the continued rollout of AstraZeneca," she said.

That includes vaccinating people in the Torres Strait Islands, near Papua New Guinea, which is grappling with a major outbreak.

"The continuation of the rollout of the vaccine program in the Torres Strait is absolutely critical," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Ms Palaszczuk also said the Commonwealth had agreed to publish more regular data about how many doses were being sent to the states.

"That's actually going to be quite transparent now, so we'll have that information coming to us on a much more regular basis, which is great news," she said.

Authorities said Queensland had now administered vaccines to everyone in the 1a category — including healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients and quarantine hotel workers — and has moved onto the 1b category, which includes other health workers and frontline workers such as paramedics, police officers and correctional services staff.

Queensland had no locally acquired COVID-19 cases overnight, though one new case was detected in a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

The state has 63 active cases, with 9,700 tests were carried out on Thursday. 

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2021-04-09 05:47:10Z

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