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Pfizer jab appointments snatched up by Territorians in a matter of hours

Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.

, Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)">

Appointments for covid vaccines at the Darwin mass vaccination hub have again been snavelled up in a matter of hours.

Last Friday Health Minister Natasha Fyles announced that 17,00 new appointments were available for Pfizer shots after shoring up supplies from the Federal Government.

But they were snatched up quickly, mostly by people aged 16 to 39.

“We did see over 12,00 of those appointments were made within the first hour through our online booking system, so Territorians are eager to get vaccinated,” Minister Fyles says.

She says the Territory is expecting to receive 8,500 vaccines in the next seven weeks, with a further 17,00 appointments to come available on July 28.

“We’re expecting another increase in the Pfizer vaccine coming into the Northern Territory in September so we’ll work to get those appointments up as quickly as we can.”

So far about 127,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered across the NT.

“We are leading the country in terms of the percentage of our community having received vaccinations,” Ms Fyles says.

For Territorians still waiting to get vaccinated, she is asking them to be patient.

“People can receive the AstraZeneca through GPs and people are recommended to get the AstraZeneca if they’re over 60,” the Health Minister says.

“But if someone does go to their GP and speaks with their GP and gets informed consent they can access the AstraZeneca vaccine.”

About a dozen pharmacies across the NT are also providing the jabs and are expecting to offer the Moderna vaccine later this year once it is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

(Photo: Generic image by Lisa Ferdinando, CC by 2.0)