ScoMo’s vaccine delivery promise

By | February 26, 2021

Scott Morrison has moved to allay concerns over vaccine delivery delays, saying things will improve.

The Prime Minister on Friday confirmed that 90 of 240 aged care facilities scheduled to get the vaccines this week had on the fourth day of the rollout.

This follows reports of elderly nursing home residents across the east coast waiting to get the Pfizer jab only for the doses not to arrive.

“I would say to those families to not be anxious about that in the early phases,” Mr Morrison said.

“If there’s logistical issues that arise with the program, they’ll be quickly addressed.”

Mr Morrison said the nine-month rollout was starting slow and would increase in pace and scale.

“People are working hard to deliver on the ground,” Mr Morrison said.

“But at all times, safety is the paramount issue.”

Health Minister Greg Hunt has defended delivery company DHL, saying it has operated almost “faultlessly”.

Mr Hunt told 2GB that residents were left waiting because Healthcare Australia – the company at the centre of the Queensland overdose scandal – had decided to “slow down” their operations.

“Unfortunately, they notified people by email at 10.45pm at night,” Mr Hunt said.

“So that was why we really took very strong action with the company.

“Firstly, about the fact that they’d breached the protocols and not been honest about it.

“But secondly, when they let down the facility … This wasn’t acceptable”

The Pfizer vaccine must be stored at minus 70C, making logistics key to its delivery around the country.

However, the company is now saying it can be stored at refrigerator temperature.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration will now be tasked with considering the new information from Pfizer before it gives the green light to storing the vaccine at that temperature.

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