26 September 2023

Vaccinated Australians over 500,000

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More than 500,000 Australians received a free shot as part of Phase One of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said that by close of business on Friday (26 March) 329,000 vaccines had been administered in State and Territory vaccination clinics, 97,000 vaccines in general practices and more than 80,000 aged care residents had been vaccinated.

“Our GP’s have played a vital role in this expansion and have not only been vaccinating over the week, but many practices are continuing to vaccinate on Saturday and Sunday this weekend,” Mr Hunt said.

“Over 1,100 general practices, GP-led respiratory clinics and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services are already providing vaccinations to people eligible in Phase 1B,” he said.

“This will grow to a broad national footprint of more than 4,000 general practices by the end of April.”

Mr Hunt said the clinics and Services would be complemented by more than 100 Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics and more than 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services.

“The roll out for the next week and further expansion is now well underway,” the Minister said.

He said the first of the 50 million Australian-made doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine had already been distributed and would continue to be distributed on an ongoing basis.

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