The Territory’s front line workers and vulnerable people are set to be inoculated with the coronavirus vaccine from next week, the Northern Territory Government has announced, as the first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 jab is set to arrive in Australia from Europe by the end of this week.
The first phase of the Northern Territory’s vaccine rollout will start off with 3,000 doses from the Northern Territory Government and 1,500 Commonwealth Government doses.
Those vaccinated will be quarantine workers and border control workers – including police and airport arrival workers; hospital and health care workers in high-risk environments; aged care residents and staff; and disability care residents and staff.
The Territory Government will deliver the vaccine to quarantine workers, border control workers and high-risk health care workers.
Health workers considered most at risk are those working in emergency departments, respiratory wards and clinics, and intensive care units, as well as ambulance workers, Careflight and Royal Flying Doctor Service staff, and staff in COVID-19 testing clinics.
The Commonwealth will vaccinate aged care and disability care residents and staff, which is expected to be more than 1500 people.
“Most Territorians will receive their vaccine in the second half of the year. Don’t worry if you’re not one of the first, it just means you have a lower risk, and that’s a good thing,” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said in a statement.
“You’ll be told when it’s your turn, so don’t worry about missing out. There will be enough vaccinations available for everyone.
“Remember – the vaccine is safe, effective and free.”
The NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles said that mobile freezers and dry ice container vans could be used to transport coronavirus vaccines to remote Indigenous communities, as they pledge to give priority to Territorians living in remote communities.
“As part of the rollout for Phase 1A, the first vaccine hub will be established at Royal Darwin Hospital. The government is also working to establish a second vaccine hub at Alice Springs Hospital in the coming weeks,” the NT Government said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Oxford-AstraZenenca vaccine is pending for approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
To find out more about the vaccine rollout visit: www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au