- COVID-19 vaccination roll-out in Australia is projected to be complete by October 2021.
- The government has already signed contracts with different firms for the safe and secure supply of COVID-19 vaccines.
- The Australian government to roll-out an education campaign to inform people about the vaccination program.
The Australian government has secured contracts for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, given they are safe and effective. The Australian government has secured vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford University-AstraZeneca, Novavax and the COVAX facility.
When Australia finally puts its hands on the COVID-19 vaccines, the initial supplies would be limited and therefore directed for priority population groups, including healthcare, aged care, and essential workers.
COVID-19 vaccination roll-out is likely to be complete by October 2021
The launch of COVID-19 vaccine in Australia is anticipated to be complete by the end of October 2021. On 28 December 2020, the federal health minister, Mr Greg Hunt, stated that the country is on track and ahead of schedule for its vaccine approval process.
The health minister stated that people across Australia are expected to be vaccinated by October 2021. He also added that the vaccination would be free, universal, and completely voluntary.
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Multiple contracts signed for the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine
On 24 December 2020, the Australian government revealed that it has already signed contracts for secure and safe distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to all Australians from March 2021.
The contracts mainly cover three critical aspects of the vaccine roll-out - distribution, logistics and data. For distribution and logistics, the industry-leading providers DHL Supply Chain and Linfox will carry out the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.
For the data, the contract is signed with Accenture, and the Company will provide vaccine doses tracking and facilitating overall implementation monitoring during the program.
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Further, PwC will be the Department of Health’s Program Delivery Partner for the launch of vaccines.
Data partner Accenture will focus on the development and implementation of a software solution for facilitating the point in time visibility of vaccination across the delivery chain.
Education campaign to prepare Australians for the COVID-19 vaccination program
On 17 December 2020, Greg Hunt stated that the government would roll-out an important education campaign to notify Australians about the COVID-19 vaccination program.
Mr Hunt added that the launch of COVID-19 vaccine would be a complicated task, and at this time, it will be important that individuals know the process of vaccination.
The information campaign will have funding of almost A$23.9 million and will work in partnership with the states as well as medical specialists. The campaign will describe the regulatory processes, the priority groups to receive the vaccine, as well as vaccination launch to help people know how the vaccines work.
The COVID-19 vaccines in Australia will be voluntary and free, and the government encourages every individual to have the vaccine to protect themselves as well as their loved ones.