coronavirus PM senior health officials urge over 70s to get COVID vaccine

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has teamed with senior government health officials to encourage Australians over the age of 70 to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Mr Morrison, Health Minister Greg Hunt and Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly each co-signed a letter to the group of Australians outlining the importance of the jab.

“Our world class regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, has approved the vaccines as safe to use an continues to closely monitor their safety,” the letter said.

“Millions of Australians have already been vaccinated, including many of our population aged 70 and over.”

They then urged those who are yet to be vaccinated to make arrangements to get the jab.

“We’ve all seen the devastation this virus can cause, especially in other countries. That’s why we can’t allow ourselves to ease off in the fight against COVID-19,” the letter said.

“If we have further outbreaks of the virus in Australia, it is people aged 70 and over who are most at risk of serious illness and even fatality.”

They said Australia has “shown the world” that working together and listening to health experts can save lives and protect livelihoods.

“We want to keep you safe,” they said. “That is why we encourage everyone to arrange to be vaccinated.”

Mr Hunt today said Australia has passed the five million mark for COVID vaccinations, with 5.9 million people having at least their fist dose.

Vials of AstraZeneca vaccine against coronavirus (COVID-19)
Vials of AstraZeneca vaccine against coronavirus. (LightRocket via Getty Images)

Australia has also passed the important milestone of 100 per cent of aged and disability care staff having had their first COVID vaccine doses.

Of those, 94 per cent have had a second dose.

Australian GPs will now be able to visit those at home or in a disability or residential aged care facility.



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