Coronavirus Australia live update: Scott Morrison announces 20m more Pfizer vaccine doses after problems with AstraZeneca-led rollout

Vaccine rollout faces delays as authorities scramble to secure alternatives to AstraZeneca such as Pfizer for under-50s over blood clot fears. Follow updates live

5.11am BST

Not in 1A or 1B (like most of us) – the government can’t tell you when you will receive your vaccine.

Scott Morrison:

We’re not in a position at the moment to reconfirm a timetable. We’re not in that position.

And I’m not going to do that. Regardless of the invitation.

I spoke to the New South Wales premier about this today.

It’s an administrative issue, not a medical issue. They are updating their systems to have the new consent arrangements put in place. So to categorise as some sort of medical ban on New South Wales would be false. It would be incorrect. It would be misleading. And … I don’t think that would be a good way to describe it in those terms.

5.08am BST

Does the Pfizer vaccine change anything for GPs and (eventually) pharmacies (unlike AstraZeneca, the Pfizer vaccine requires special needles and special refrigeration requirements – it has to be kept at -70 degrees.)

Brendan Murphy:

The GP program continues. There are most of the people – the GPs are vaccinating over 50s, over 70s and 80s. They need the vaccine, we’re providing the vaccine, they’re turning up to get vaccinated.

The GP program right through 1A and 1B will continue as it is. As we get to 2A, there’s people over 50 and over 60 who will also be able to go to their GPs to get vaccinated.

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