Logistical concerns over rollout of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to remote Queensland communities

Logistical concerns over rollout of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to remote Queensland communities

A north Queensland doctor is warning he has "no faith" that regional Australia will see a mass distribution of the Pfizer vaccine. The regional COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been thrown into turmoil by the Federal Government's changed medical advice. Last night, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the country the AstraZeneca vaccine would no longer be recommended to people under 50 years old. The vaccine will still be available to those eligible, but recipients will be warned of the risk of blood-clotting. It comes as Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young announced every region across the state would be set up with a Pfizer vaccine hub, in light of the new TGA storage requirements. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the AstraZeneca vaccine would continue to be administered in the Torres Strait due to the high rates of COVID-19 in nearby Papua New Guinea. Michael Clements, a Townsville-based general practitioner and chair of Northern Australia Primary Health Limited, said he believed the announcement would likely delay the regional rollout even further. "This setback is really going to generate more hesitancy and more …
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