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Australia’s population will be split into 12 different age brackets for the vaccine roll-out

Australians will be split into 12 different age groups that will determine how soon they...

Australians will be split into 12 different age groups that will determine how soon they receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s rolled out in early 2021.

People over 70 will be prioritised, followed by the 65-69 age bracket. The rest of the nation will be divided into five-year increment age groups.

This means Australians in their 20s hoping to travel overseas will likely have to wait until the end of next year to get the vaccine, the Herald Sun reports.

Qantas announced last month that passengers must show proof they’ve been vaccinated before being allowed to fly internationally.

People over 70 will be prioritised, followed by the 65-69 age bracket. The rest of the nation will be divided into five-year increment age groups

People over 70 will be prioritised, followed by the 65-69 age bracket. The rest of the nation will be divided into five-year increment age groups

This means Australians in their 20s hoping to travel overseas will have to wait until the end of next year to get the vaccine

This means Australians in their 20s hoping to travel overseas will have to wait until the end of next year to get the vaccine

This means Australians in their 20s hoping to travel overseas will have to wait until the end of next year to get the vaccine

There likely won’t be any under-18-year-olds receiving the jab at all in 2021 as pharmaceutical companies aren’t looking for approval in younger people as they are a lower risk.

The exact order of immunisation for certain age groups won’t be revealed by the Federal Government until late January.   

Experts will establish which groups are considered essential workers and will be bumped up in line to be vaccinated.

Frontline healthcare workers, such as doctors, nurses and paramedics, as well as those in aged care will be the first to access the vaccine.

Prisoners and guards will also be among first in line as their close living proximity poses the greatest risk of spreading the virus.  

Despite a vaccine trial at the University of Queensland being dumped due false positive HIV test results, Health Minister Greg Hunt expects to have early assessment of two leading vaccines – one from Pfizer and the other from AstraZeneca – by the end of January.

Australian regulators will then be asked to give the drugs the tick of approval, putting the national rollout on track to begin in March. 

The company is working to finalise issues including the size of the first vaccine dose and the time before the follow-up shot.

‘There are no red flags at this stage. There are only green lights,’ Mr Hunt told reporters in Melbourne on Monday.

The minister’s comments came as New Zealand committed to forming a travel bubble with Australia by the end of March 2021.

The exact order of immunisation for certain age groups won't be revealed by the Federal Government until late January

The exact order of immunisation for certain age groups won't be revealed by the Federal Government until late January

The exact order of immunisation for certain age groups won’t be revealed by the Federal Government until late January

Qantas boss Alan Joyce sparked anger from vaccine skeptics last month when he said his airline won't allow passengers to travel if they don't get the jab

Qantas boss Alan Joyce sparked anger from vaccine skeptics last month when he said his airline won't allow passengers to travel if they don't get the jab

Qantas boss Alan Joyce sparked anger from vaccine skeptics last month when he said his airline won’t allow passengers to travel if they don’t get the jab

Qantas boss Alan Joyce sparked anger from vaccine skeptics last month when he said his airline won’t allow passengers to travel if they don’t get the jab.

He predicted the rule would become standard practice around the world as governments and airlines consider introducing electronic vaccination passports. 

Mandatory vaccination already exists as a condition of entry for certain countries for other diseases such as yellow fever and polio.

Flight Centre CEO Graham Turner said the ‘obvious way’ to kick start travel while avoiding mandatory quarantine would be to have a vaccination requirement.

Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said proof of vaccination or mandatory quarantine would be the only way Australia’s borders would be able to reopen without the risk of another outbreak.

‘We’re a victim here in Australia of our own success: we’ve been incredibly good at stopping the spread within the country, but it makes it very hard to open the borders to countries where the spread is rife,’ he said.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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