Senate debates

Monday, 22 February 2021

Questions without Notice

COVID-19: Vaccination

2:11 pm

Photo of Richard ColbeckRichard Colbeck (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services) Share this | Hansard source

Today we have begun phase 1a of our national rollout strategy looking after the most vulnerable in our community, including aged-care residents and staff. Phase 1b will include adults aged over 70 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55 and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing workers. Phase 2a includes adults aged 50 to 69 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18-54 years and other critical high-risk workers. Phase 2b expands to the remainder of the population within Australia over the age of 16. This is the biggest national vaccination program we have ever seen. I pay tribute to all the dedicated health professionals who are making this happen.


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