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Pfizer vaccine to arrive in Bundaberg as roll out gets underway

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Some aged care residents on the Sunshine Coast will receive the Pfizer jab this week as the Federal Government steams ahead with its crucial vaccination roll out.

From today, the vaccine will be given to aged and disability care residents, quarantine and border staff, and frontline healthcare workers at high risk of exposure to COVID-19.

The Federal Government is responsible for administering the jab in aged care facilities, and it has sent vials to Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg and Toowoomba.

But the health department says it is unable to provide a list of the facilities first in line, due to privacy reasons.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison had his jab televised last night, in order to help boost confidence in the vaccine rollout across Australia.

The other COVID-19 vaccine approved in Australia, AstraZeneca, will be given to priority groups in early March.

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[List of areas where aged care facilities will recieve the vaccination this week.]

Queensland Health program gets underway

Meantime, Queensland Health has started its vaccination program this morning, when a nurse named Zoe, who works on the Gold Coast, became the first Queensland healthcare worker to get the jab.

Two planes carrying thousands of vials touched down in Brisbane and Cairns yesterday.

It is unknown when the other immunisation hubs - in south and north Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Townsville - will start inoculations.

Roll out at GP clinics not far off

AMA Queensland is welcoming the start of the COVID-19 vaccination program and is urging all Queenslanders to talk to their doctor if they have concerns.

President Professor Chris Perry says initial doses are limited to those specific groups, but it won't be long before everyone can access the vaccine.

“More than 5,400 GP clinics across Australia have applied to administer the vaccine, demonstrating the desire of doctors to participate in the nation’s biggest mass vaccination program,” Prof Perry says.

Under the initial phase, about 1000 general practices will be approved to give the jab.

People who are worried about getting the vaccine should call 134 COVID (13 42 68 43).