COVID-19 vaccine not obligatory in WA as 500,000 set to obtain jab in February


“It might be that in some work settings that we are going to require individuals in the event that they need to work in that individual setting, perhaps a hospital state of affairs or one thing of that nature, or aged care setting, that we are going to require them to vaccinate in the event that they need to proceed to work in that house.

“However I can’t see a state of affairs in Australia the place we compel individuals to undertake a medical process, that’s by no means been our method previously.”

Australia has secured 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which is 95 per cent efficient, with Mr Prepare dinner estimating WA would obtain 10 per cent of the allocation based mostly on its inhabitants.

The vaccine have to be saved a beneath freezing temperatures, which Mr Prepare dinner mentioned offered extra challenges as a result of state’s huge distances, however wasn’t unattainable.

First in line to obtain the vaccine will seemingly be staff in COVID-19 settings similar to resort quarantine, airports and hospitals.

Second will probably be residents and staff in aged care properties, adopted by Indigenous and aged Western Australians.

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Together with the 10 million Pfizer doses, Australia has additionally secured 53.eight million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is estimated to be 70 per cent efficient at stopping the illness and 100 per cent efficient at stopping extreme sickness or dying.

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology, nonetheless, has raised considerations the AstraZeneca vaccine might not be efficient sufficient to realize herd immunity.

Herd immunity signifies that such a big portion of the inhabitants is immune virus can now not flow into and is eradicated.