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Two million Pfizer doses every week from October, says government

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Every Australian could have access to the Pfizer vaccine by Christmas, as the government unveils a massive boost to the beleaguered COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Every Australian could have access to the Pfizer vaccine by Christmas, as the federal government unveils a massive boost to the country's beleaguered COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

The government is promising two million doses of the Pfizer shot every week from October.

From the end of June, 4.5 million doses will be available, rising to seven million in the following quarter, says Health Minister Greg Hunt.

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Pfizer has responded to reports a Queensland police officer was hospitalised in Brisbane with blood clots three days after receiving the companies coronavirus vaccine.

It's hoped the additional Pfizer doses will reassure those aged over 50 who are hesitant to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine due to rare cases of a serious blood clotting disorder.

AMA president Omar Khorshid told the Sydney Morning Herald that the promised Pfizer supply meant it was possible that everyone who wanted it could have both doses by Christmas.

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"Because two doses of Pfizer are closer together it actually speeds up the rollout, though we have to wait for them to arrive," he said.

"We could have everyone have both doses by the end of year."

The federal government has shied away from setting a new target timeframe to have the whole adult Australian population vaccinated, after falling short in its pledge to have four million get the jab by the end of March.

However, vaccine hesitancy remains a key roadblock to the vaccination rollout, with a recent Resolve Political Monitor survey indicating 29 per cent of respondents were "not very likely" or "not likely at all" to take the COVID vaccine in the coming months.

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It's estimated that around 80 to 85 per cent of the population would need to be fully vaccinated in order to safely reopen international borders.

Source: 9News

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