After tensions over the vaccine rollout pitted the states against the federal government last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be pushing for a streamlined vaccine distribution from here forward according to Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell.
However, recent events have not helped the Commonwealth with the apparent side effect of blood clotting occurring in a Melbourne patient who received the AstraZeneca vaccine last week.
Mr Clennell said “this is one case in more than 400,000 doses given to date” but noted more cases have been reported in the EU and the UK causing some countries to limit the use of the treatment in some population groups.
A further meeting is planned on Wednesday after further investigations into the Melbourne case and discussions with international regulators have taken place.
Meanwhile NSW is setting up coronavirus vaccination clinics to assist with the Commonwealth rollout.
“I am told there is nothing in writing NSW feels it has received from the federal government to suggest that it was invited to take part in a greater rollout than its program to vaccinate health and quarantine workers," Mr Clennell said.
“One NSW source said to me the federal government had decided they wanted to own the vaccination program and this is where problems with a smaller than expected rollout so far and inconsistencies with the rollout has occurred.”