Government throws out COVID vaccination timeline – still no announcement on pop-up clinics for aged care staff

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has conceded all Australians may not be vaccinated by the end of 2021 with no new timetable to replace its original 31 October target.

“While we would like to see these doses completed before the end of the year, it is not possible to set such targets given the many uncertainties involved,” he posted on Facebook this week.

“We will just get on with the job of working together to produce, distribute and administer the vaccines as safely and efficiently as possible.”

The Commonwealth and State Governments are now releasing daily data reports on the rollout which shows as of 11 April, 142,990 does had been delivered in aged care and disability facilities – with a total of 1.178 million across Australia.

But there is still no detail on the promised pop-up vaccination hubs for aged care workers.

The Department of Health had advised workers that the “details on the first of the pop-up locations will be made available in early April 2021”.

The Guardian reported this week however that the Department is still in negotiations with its contractor about the plan and is yet to consult with the aged care sector on the proposal.

“More information will be provided upon finalisation of these discussions and consultation with the aged care sector,” the Department said in a statement.

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