The federal government has secured an additional 20 million Pfizer vaccine overnight - taking Australia’s total Pfizer allotment to 40 million doses.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed today - following the meeting of the National Cabinet - the recommendations from ATAGI were “not a ban on the AstraZeneca vaccine".
“It recommends and notes that the risk of these side effects are remote," he said.
“There is an acknowledgment of the risk that is there, but as is the case always with these matters, these are decisions for Australians.
"Certainly for those who are over 50, there is a strong encouragement to be taking this AstraZeneca vaccine which we discussed today to ensure that we can continue down the path of the vaccination rollout.
Mr Morrison also announced the National Cabinet discussed recalibrating Australia’s rollout program, confirming it would continue to focus on inoculating the elderly.
“Our focus remains on the delivery of 1a and 1b cohorts for the vaccination rollout.”