Australia’s vaccination strategy appears to be descending into a disorganised shambles.
What was, up until now, a disastrously slow rollout to emergency workers, people over 70 and age care homes has now changed focus. Well, perhaps the word “focus” is something of a misnomer.
Health authorities are now considering Pfizer vaccines being made more widely available to those under 50 or changing the advice on who can be given AstraZeneca.
So why is the advice changing? Was it not good advice in the first place?
Victoria is now going to administer the first shot of Pfizer to the 40 to 49 age group.
So how has sufficient Pfizer vaccine magically appeared to cover this group? Or has it been sitting in deep freeze somewhere.
But Associate Professor Chris Blyth, co-chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation said “as of today, clearly, we don’t have sufficient supply to vaccinate the whole adult population,”
So this is what the situation looks like:
1 We need to get first shot inoculations into a much wider group of the population i.e. not just the 60s.
2 Pfizer is going to be used for everybody under 60.
3 There is enough vaccine in Australia to cover the population.
4 The first shot coverage of a large group of the population is a more desirable outcome than providing second shots for group of older folk.
The scandalously inept performance of the Federal government now means that Australia is going to be receiving a far worse vaccination program than any other major developed countries