A million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have landed in Australia, with the government needing to claim another 15 million doses to get everyone jabbed by the end of the year and eradicate lockdowns forever.
The much-needed shipment arrived in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth from Singapore overnight on Monday in what was the largest jab delivery to enter the country in a single week.
A DHL plane landed at Sydney Airport on Sunday night containing Pfizer vaccines
Airport staff unload the Pfizer vaccines after they arrived at Sydney Airport on Sunday night
Another million doses will arrive every week between now and August, injecting about 4.5 million doses into the arms of willing Australians.
So far, only 13 per cent of the national population have been fully vaccinated.
AstraZeneca is approved for people over the age of 16 is being created at a rate of about one million per week.
But residents are hesitant due to the very small risk of a rare blood clotting disorder associated with the jab, and a lot of doses have been shipped offshore.
The federal government has secured earlier supply of its 40million Pfizer vaccines, bringing in 1million a week from now until at least the end of August. Pictured: Vaccines are unloaded
A shipment of 800,000 doses (pictured) landed in Sydney on Sunday night with another 200,000 split between Perth and Melbourne
Lieutenant General John Frewen, who is in charge of the nations’ vaccine rollout, said on Monday: ‘We’re still on track to have every Australian who wants a vaccine to be able to do so by the end of the year.’
‘By the end of the month we’ll have 1,300 GPs that can administer Pfizer.’
To give two jabs to even half the population by the end of December, the government would need to procure about 16 million doses of either vaccine.
At this rate, there would need to be at least three million vaccines produced every month until the end of December.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) initially told Australians they would be at the ‘front of the queue’ for jabs
Pictured: People waiting to be called in for their vaccination at a mass coronavirus vaccination hub at the Showgrounds in Melbourne on July 19
Aussies over 40 are eligible for a Pfizer jab, with under 40s expected to get the call up in late September or early October.
‘September, early October is likely but if we can bring that forward, we will,’ Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Sunday.
On July 8, the government announced a deal with Pfizer to bring in at least a million vaccines a week from July 19, meaning more than 4.5million jabs will arrive in August.
Previously only three million doses were expected in August and 4.5million were due in September.