When Scott Morrison chairs the Emergency National Council on Monday, there is one item on the agenda: the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Prime Minister will chair the conference via a video link from an isolated lodge after his trip to Europe last week.
The meeting was held last week after an Australian health expert decided to vaccinate only people over the age of 60, not over the age of 50, as previously advised.
It followed new concerns about a very rare coagulation event after vaccination, which killed two of the 3.8 million doses provided.
It will put extra pressure on the deployment of the Pfizer vaccine.
Chief Nursing Officer Alison MacMillan told Canberra reporters on Sunday that the latest information on the vaccine will be delivered after the meeting.
Victoria’s acting prime minister, James Merlino, said the federal vaccine deployment was an “absolute turmoil.”
“We don’t have a second dose supply from the Commonwealth to meet the demand for the first dose,” he told reporters in Melbourne.
Western Australian Health Minister Roger Cook is also dissatisfied with supply restrictions.
“But we’re working on what we’ve got, and WA has been very successful. We’ve vaccinated a higher proportion of the population than any mainland state,” he said. I told reporters.
Professor McMillan said that despite the change in deployment, people aged 50-59 years who received the first injection of the Astrazenaka vaccine were strongly encouraged to get a second jab.
“It’s the way you get maximum protection and it’s part of the two-dose program,” she said.
This recommendation was issued after the virus outbreak increased to nine cases in the southeastern suburbs of Sydney and three new nosocomial infections occurred on Sunday.
Some Sydney ciders have been ordered to wear masks at indoor venues as the outbreak in the city grows.
At the same time, the flight attendants Tested positive for coronavirus in Brisbane Despite being quarantined by the hotel for 14 days.
Queensland officials suspected that the woman had picked up Delta shares from Emirates passengers who landed in Brisbane on June 5.
However, the results of genomic sequencing indicate that she does not carry the more infectious mutants.
Professor McMillan reported that 64,500 doses of the vaccine were given on Saturday. This is 3700 more times than the same day last week.
“I was worried that the number of people getting vaccinated would decrease, but I think these numbers are really encouraging,” she said.
Despite the new outbreaks in New South Wales and Queensland, Western Australia will move from Wednesday to ease restrictions on hospitality facilities.
This change removes the 75% capacity cap and 2 square meter density limit for WA businesses under Phase 5 of the roadmap, which was repeatedly postponed last year.
Prime Minister Mark Magawan said the state’s border permit system and contact tracing and testing regimes encouraged authorities to take the long-awaited move.
“I’m confident that it’s the right time to make this decision,” he told reporters.
“We know there are problems in the east, but frankly, there are always problems in the east.”