Published: Sun, February 21, 2021
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Hawaiʻi To Open COVID-19 Vaccines To 70 And Older, Soon

Hawaiʻi To Open COVID-19 Vaccines To 70 And Older, Soon

An 85-year-old woman has become the first person to receive a coronavirus vaccine in Australia after a small group of aged care residents, frontline workers and the Prime Minister received their jab on Sunday ahead of the national roll-out.

Jane Milysiak of Marayong was selected to be the first to receive the jab and she did so alongside Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Castle Hill Medical Centre in Sydney's northwest on Sunday morning.

She was all smiles as she received the injection, seated next to Morrison in a face mask emblazoned with the Australian flag.

"She came here from Europe when she was 13 and she's built an fantastic life in this country".

"I am just happy and extremely grateful that we took a chance, and it could easily not have worked out", she said.

"Tomorrow our vaccination programme starts, so as a curtain-raiser today we're here making some very important points - that it's safe, that it's important, and we need to start with those who are most vulnerable and are on the front line".

The vaccination drive, which started on January 16, has picked up pace in the last one week, and on Monday, 2,191 healthcare workers who had received their first shots four weeks ago, got their second dose.

The director noted that this isn't the first time that someone pretended to be a senior citizen to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Mr Hunt said Australia is "about to embark on one of the most important public health initiatives" in the nation's history.

Greg Hunt announces the first vaccinations will administered to a small group of people today.

"I think it's higher than we suspect, to be honest with you", he said.

A deputy is seen on the bodycam footage scolding the women for committing fraud to try to get COVID-19 vaccines.

"Politicians in these countries say that people should have a right to choose a vaccine", Dmitriev said adding that politics is not involved in the vaccine in any manner.

Its seven countries - the US, Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Japan - promised Friday to share doses more fairly with worse-off countries.

However it also temporarily blocked the pages of health and emergency services agencies, prompting government accusations that it was damaging its own credibility.

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