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Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was among the first people in Australia to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine

Julia Gillard had her coronavirus sting and urged everyone – and especially women – to get vaccinated

The former Prime Minister, along with Health Secretary Greg Hunt and Health Department Brendan Murphy, was one of the first to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic in Melbourne on Sunday

Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly were among the first to be vaccinated with the Pfizer shock

“I’m here today and it’s a visible representation that there is a unified message no matter which side of politics you choose, no matter who you choose to vote for,” Ms. Gillard told reporters

“Please get the vaccine. And especially for Australian women, I can say please get the vaccine

She understands that people may feel a little anxious, but recommended that they get her information from reliable sources such as the Australian government or their local health practitioner

“Whether smallpox, measles, mumps, rubella, tire cough, influenza and now COVID-19 – vaccinations can save lives and protect lives”

Mr Hunt said more than 4,500 general practitioners will be participating in the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out in Australia

Older Australians and people with underlying medical conditions will be the first priority when Phase 1b is due on Dec. March starts Initially, more than 1000 GP clinics are involved, and a rapid scale-up is planned in the following weeks

As part of Phase 1a, AstraZeneca and Pfizer doses will be administered from overseas to frontline health and hotel quarantine workers as well as residents and elderly and disabled care workers

The federal government has allocated more than $ 6 billion to launch coronavirus vaccines in Australia In total, contracts for more than 150 million doses have been signed, and a third is expected to be signed by Victoria pharmaceutical giant CSL

“We will soon be well over 500Get 1,000 vaccinations a week while making sure we have the opportunity to get a second vaccination, “said Hunt

The President of the Australian Medical Association, Omar Khorshid, said no party is better equipped to administer the vaccines than the GP clinics

“General Practitioners have a proven track record of vaccinating older Australians and people with chronic illnesses who will make up the majority of the Phase 1B rollout,” said Dr Khorshid in a statement

“It is very gratifying to see the majority of general practitioners raising their hands to participate in this critical national program

The AMA said more than 130 respiratory clinics and over 300 Aboriginal-controlled health services will support the Phase 1b rollout

Mr Hunt said the country was on its way to its 37th birthday Day without a locally transmitted COVID-19 case

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the AstraZeneca vaccine has arrived in the state and the vaccine will be given to health and hotel quarantine workers starting Monday

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 meters away from others Check your jurisdiction’s restrictions on collecting limits If you are experiencing symptoms of the cold or flu, stay home and schedule a test by calling or having your doctor Contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080

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