Sumary of Prime Minister says 'sorry' for problems with COVID-19 vaccine rollout program:
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is “sorry” for the challenges his government had with rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine earlier in the year.
- “I think I’ve been very clear that as Prime Minister I’m responsible for the vaccination program, and that responsibility includes fixing and dealing with the problems that we’ve had and that is what we have been doing and the vaccination program has turned the corner.
- “The Prime Minister said this morning that changed advice from the government’s immunisation advisory group recommending AstraZeneca doses be reserved for people over 60 had caused vaccine hesitancy and delayed the rollout.
- Mr Morrison said he had been “constantly appealing” the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to reconsider its advice following the Sydney outbreak.
- “Earlier today, Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said the Prime Minister’s comments on ATAGI were “unusual”.
- “I’ve got nothing but praise and support for what ATAGI’s been doing throughout this whole pandemic and I just thought it was an unnecessary shot at professionals doing their job,” Mr Foley said.
- “Just under 40,000 people younger than 40 have received an AstraZeneca vaccine since the Prime Minister said last month that the dose is available to anyone who wishes to discuss getting it with their doctor.