The first batch of one million Moderna Vaccine doses will arrive in Sydney on Friday night, followed by a second shipment over the weekend before being distributed to states and territories next week.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said 1,800 pharmacies would start giving people modern vaccines from next week, while 4,500 GPs would join from next week.
Moderna will also administer workplace vaccination programs, though they are expected to primarily use Pfizer.
“These are very important because they provide not only more vaccines, but more points of access for Australians everywhere,” the health minister told reporters on Friday. “There is enough vaccine for every Australian before the end of October, if not a little earlier.”
The Therapeutic Goods Administration will test each incoming batch, with Hunt noting that more supplies are due in the coming weeks.
Australia has reached an agreement for 25 million modern doses including 10 million of existing vaccines and 15 million booster shots.
It will primarily be available in pharmacies across Australia, with everyone aged 12 to 59 years eligible for a two-dose course.
An interval of four to six weeks is recommended between doses.
Like Pfizer, Moderna is a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine that uses a genetic code called RNA to instruct the body to produce the specific spike protein of the novel coronavirus.
“Once the mRNA enters the body’s cells, the cells use the instructions contained in the RNA to make the spike protein. The immune cells then recognize the spike protein as foreign and begin building an immune response against it. are,” the Australian Department of Health noted.
In the statement, Moderna said it will continue to follow participants for two years and collect additional data, including “long-term safety follow-up, duration of protection against COVID-19, and efficacy against asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection”. is included.
According to the health minister, Australia has now passed the threshold of 70 percent of eligible adults receiving their first vaccine dose. The country’s path to reopening includes achieving 70-80 percent full immunization to open and removing restrictions on freedom.
According to 7News, as of Friday afternoon, 50.6 percent of the population over 16 have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 81.2 percent have received their first dose.
AAP contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times