Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed the arrival of the second Pfizer vaccine shipment that touched down in Sydney on Tuesday morning.
The supply that was on board a Singapore Airlines flight which landed at Sydney Airport on Tuesday morning has now gone into cold storage ahead of the distribution to national vaccination hubs.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said it was the first of two to land in the next week. Between the two shipments, there will be 280,000 additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine to arrive in Australia.
That includes 166,000 doses to have arrived today, with 120,000 to land next week, he said.
After speaking with the CEO of Pfizer overnight, the health minister told media that the company had provided “good, strong confidence and forward guidance of their continued deliveries”.
“That just gives Australians confidence in terms of the effectiveness of vaccines and confidence in terms of the reliability of supply.”
Aged care residents, nurses and doctors, disabled support residents and hotel quarantine workers, were among the first Australians to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on February 21. The formal national rollout across Australia began on Monday.
People living and working in aged care and disability care, and quarantine, border and frontline health workers, will receive the COVID-19 vaccine first.
The Australian Government has a comprehensive plan to offer COVID-19 vaccines to all Australians by the end of October 2021.
The Australian Government has secured more than 150 million COVID-19 vaccine doses. Over 50 million doses of AstraZeneca ordered by the Government will be manufactured in Melbourne.
Vaccination teams will go into aged care facilities – 240 of them across 190 locations nationally this week – to deliver the vaccines on-site.