Covid-19 Australia: All Australians eligible to be vaccinated by mid-October

The face of Australian vaccine deployments shows when jabs will be offered to all Australians, as vaccine reservations for children aged 12 to 15 have begun.

The Covid-19 vaccine will be available to all eligible Australians by mid-October, said the country’s head of vaccine deployment.

Starting Monday, reservations for children ages 12 to 15 to receive jabs will begin.

However, the man who was tasked with performing the rollout, Lieutenant John Fluen, sought patience as the appointments were open to the age group.

“From next week, both Pfizer and Moderna will be accessible, and Moderna will be available through the pharmacy network,” he told ABC News Breakfast.

“People obviously need to go online to make a reservation. It will settle down in the next few weeks, so please be patient, but you should be able to board and make a reservation within a few weeks.”

Pfizer vaccines are already available to Australians of that age group who are indigenous, have underlying health conditions, or are part of the national disability insurance system.

After months of criticism of the pace of vaccine deployment, the government sought to increase supply by purchasing one more Moderna dose from Europe, in addition to several vaccine exchange transactions.

General Fluen claims that from mid-October there is sufficient supply for all qualified Australians to be fully vaccinated.

“Therefore, from mid-October, we believe that there are enough vaccines in the country to fully vaccinate all eligible Australians,” he said.

“So we are now in a period of shift from a sense of supply constraints.

“We have a supply, I think we have a distribution network, now it really comes down to people moving forward, booking, and getting vaccinated.”

Former Deputy Chief of Health Nick Coatesworth warned against the number of adults remaining unvaccinated.

Regarding today’s show, Dr. Coatesworth said vaccination of children is important, but more focus needs on adults.

“It’s important to vaccinate children between the ages of 12 and 15, but my biggest concern at this point is unvaccinated adults in Australia.

“Soon, the fact that people are not vaccinated will be a matter of choice … and if you are not vaccinated at that time, you risk overburdening your health care system and your own. Puts your health at excessive risk.

“So I think it’s adults that we have to focus on.”

As of Sunday, 67.4% of the population over the age of 16 has been vaccinated at least once, and 42.3% of Australians have been fully vaccinated.

When asked about financial incentives, General Fluen said the options were still at the table, but said he wanted people to continue to produce results as supply increased.

“We keep a variety of creative options open, but I think we have more people now. We will continue to grow. We will continue to monitor,” he said.

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