Date published: 
5 October 2021
Media type: 
Statement
Audience: 
General public

A new record of 2 million vaccine doses have been administered over the past week, and over 27.5 million doses have now been administered.

We expect to reach 70% of double doses nationally in late October and 80% double doses nationally in mid-November if daily vaccination rates remain steady. 

More than 90% of Australians aged 65 and over have now received their first vaccine dose and almost 70% are fully vaccinated.

Over 35 per cent of Australian children aged 12 to 15 have had their first vaccine dose, since they became eligible on 13 September.

The first million doses of the Moderna vaccine have now been distributed to pharmacies around the country, providing more opportunities for Australians to get vaccinated.

Supplying and producing the vaccine

The ability to manufacture vaccines onshore has been essential to the progress of our rollout and CSL has now manufactured and supplied 18,646,400 doses of vaccine for use in Australia.

Last week, 913,770 doses of Pfizer and 818,100 doses of AstraZeneca were released for distribution.

Over the coming days, the TGA will conduct sample testing of 1,724,580 doses of Pfizer vaccine, 645,000 doses of Moderna vaccine, along with 957,100 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine produced onshore by CSL, prior to releasing the vaccines for distribution.

Distributing the vaccine

With support from our Distribution Partners DHL and Linfox, more than 3,118,870 vaccine doses were delivered across Australia to metropolitan, rural and remote locations, along with 6,295 deliveries of consumables.

  • Ordering and Delivery. 99% of vaccine orders were completed last week with one order of Pfizer and three orders of AstraZeneca to be finalised today.
  • Australia’s assistance to the Pacific. This week another 200,000 doses were made available for distribution to the Pacific, with more than 3,242,120 doses now provided to DFAT. This will help our friends across the Pacific, including Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. 

Administering the vaccine

This week, 2 million doses were administered across the country, taking the total number of doses administered 26.8 million. It took 43 days to reach our first million doses of vaccine administered and 4 days for the most recent.

  • Total sites. This week we had a total of 5,500 general practices, 137 Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics, 3232 Pharmacies and 167 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services delivering vaccines, along with 892 state and territory sites, taking the total number of vaccination sites across the country to 10,672. In the coming week, we will have 16 additional general practices administering AstraZeneca. There is now a total of over 4,900 primary care sites administering the Pfizer vaccine, with over 4,600 of those being general practices.
  • Aged Care. With our vaccine workforce service providers, we continue to focus on those most at risk in our residential aged care facilities and have now completed first and second dose visits to all 2573 facilities.
  • Disability. We continue to ramp up our visits to disability residents with complex needs who require in-reach services. More than 20,000 people with a disability in a residential setting have now received at least one dose of vaccine (over 75 per cent).

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