Thewill be finished within weeks but is accused of ‘letting down’ elderly residents.
The, Labor says that thousands of aged care residents yet to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose have been “let down”.
On Thursday,would be set aside for people under 50. However, aged would be exempt as the government vowed to complete its rollout for the cohort within weeks.
“We have to finish residential aged care,”Secretary Brendan Murphy said.
“It’s nearly finished. There are only a few more weeks to go, and efficient teams are there, giving Pfizer to our aged.
“We will soon have them completely protected, and they are the single most high-risk group in this country and worldwide from COVID.”
Health Ministerresidents had received their first dose, and Labor leader Anthony Albanese declared they had been “let down” by a “complacent” government.
“This government said that we were at the front of the queue when nothing was farther from the truth,” he said.
“Thiswould be vaccinated by the end of March. They’ve struggled to get to one million, and it’s the middle of April.”
Agedhave accounted for 685 of the 910 fatalities recorded in Australia since the pandemic began.
Mr. Hunt on Wednesday described the group as the government’s “highest of priorities”.
“(Our) initial focus (was) on the most vulnerable population, which we know was where the tragedies did occur … every one of those lives lost is an agony,” he told ABC radio.
The government has argued the initial stages of the rollout were beholden to overseas supply chains, which were jolted by export controls imposed by the.
Australia’s plans for the onshore supply of theagainst administering it to people under 50 when possible.
But Mr. Albanese said Mr. Morrison claimed to have unforeseen circumstances under control and sought to avoid blame.
“Scott Morrison said unequivocally, ‘We’re taking into account all the things that might happen,” he said.
“Greg Hunt said it wasn’t dependent upon what was happening overseas, that they had measures in place.”
Professor Murphy said it was vital aged.
The comments came after it was revealed that about 85 percent of agedhad yet to receive their first dose, despite working with the most at-risk category.
Labor agedsaid it was “stark, raving mad” for the government not prioritizing the 300,000 people working in the sector.
“What is the government thinking? These are the people who are in and out of these facilities,” she said.