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With people under 40 rushing to inquire about receiving AstraZeneca shots following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday night that it would be made available to all adults, it may be useful to return to the conversation about why older people have been prioritised to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant gave a run-through earlier today of why certain age groups are being prioritised in the rollout.
“We are not using vaccination to get rid of the disease, which is like what we’re doing with measles,” she explained, adding that there is an expectation COVID-19 will remain in the community.
Dr Chant said Australia was trying to vaccinate the most vulnerable in the community, due to the impact of vaccination on severe illness and death, as well as people most likely to contract COVID-19, such as quarantine and health workers, due to the impact vaccination has on transmission.
“If we divert vaccines from an older age group to a younger age group, we’re not going to have that much of an impact on transmission because not enough of them will be vaccinated,” she said.
Freya Jarrett, a 21-year-old bartender from Pyrmont, in inner-city Sydney, said she was eager to be vaccinated because she comes into contact with dozens of people during her shifts at Marble Bar in the CBD.
“I work in a really busy venue and I’ve been terrified that somehow I’ll get COVID-19 and I’ll spread it,” she said.