NSW government has only used 15% of its allocation of the AstraZeneca vaccine
The New South Wales government has taken up just 145,000 of the almost 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine allocated to it by the commonwealth, leaving vaccinations to either stockpile or be directed overseas.
As greater Sydney grapples with its spiralling Covid-19 outbreak, the NSW government has become increasingly critical of the commonwealth’s supply of vaccinations, with the premier Gladys Berejiklian last week lamenting the lack of pandemic planning “at other levels”.
“We need to make sure the vaccine is accessible to all of our population and we have those doses available,” she said following an emergency national cabinet meeting.
With the majority of AstraZeneca vaccines in NSW having been administered by the commonwealth through GP clinics, the federal government has become increasingly frustrated by the criticism. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, on Wednesday accused Berejiklian of failing to administer enough AstraZeneca vaccines at its state-based vaccination hubs.
“I would like to see more AstraZeneca vaccines being distributed through the state-based clinics like Victoria has been able to achieve,” Morrison said.
Much of that frustration comes from NSW’s decision not …
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