The COVID-19 vaccine rollout will start in Tasmania on Monday 22 February - while we're still attempting to get more info, this is what we've been told so far.
In the first week the vaccine will be administered at the Royal Hobart Hospital to vaccination staff, testing staff, staff involved in quarantine, some ambulance staff and staff working in the emergency and ICUs.
In week two, the same staff in the north will receive vaccines from the Launceston General Hospita and staff in the North West Regional Hospital will be vaccinated in the third week.
The state government expects to have about 1000 hospital and quarantine staff vaccinated per week, with the same happening in aged care and disability services, but little detail is known about this rollout despite our attempts to learn more.
The first doses of vaccine are the Pfizer vaccine, and the government believes that in early March the AstraZeneca will also become available in Australia, which has the added benefit that it can be produced in Australia and doesn’t have the same tricky storage requirements as the Pfizer vaccine.
We're told that initially staff will be contacted and booked in to receive the vaccine, but this may change down the track.
The good news is that both vaccines have been through, or are going through, a rigorous assessment and approval processes by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, which demonstrates the vaccines are safe and prevent severe and serious cases of COVID-19.
We’ll keep an eye on the rollout and will update you as soon as we know more.