Beaches seniors receive first vaccines



Northern Beaches residents in some aged care facilities were the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in the region last month, following the launch of the Federal Government’s rollout program.

Under the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program, people in priority groups who are most at risk and need protection began receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in late February.

On the Northern Beaches, this included aged care and disability care residents and workers in specific Collaroy, Narrabeen, Terrey Hills, and Warriewood facilities.

Meanwhile, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) also approved the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine last month to be rolled out among the general population.

Over the coming months, vaccines will be available across settings including general practitioners and community pharmacies. 

Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, asserted the efficacy of both vaccine types at the launch of the program last month.

“The vaccination program will save and protect lives. Both of our vaccines prevent serious illness. That is our primary goal,” he said.

To find out when you’re eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or to learn more about the rollout, visit the Australian Government website.

Stephanie Aikins, News Editor, Peninsula Living Magazine

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