Resetting Australia’s troubled COVID-19 vaccine rollout will be the focus of a National Cabinet meeting today, as the nation’s leaders gather to urgently get the program back on track.
The federal government has blamed the sluggish rollout on vaccine supply issues overseas, with GPs complaining they have received as few as 40 doses to distribute a week.
Some doctors say public confidence in the vaccine rollout is fading, and urgently needs to be restored if there is any hope of completing it by the end of the year.
The government has also had to overhaul its rollout plans after receiving updated medical advice recommending people under the age of 50 get the Pfizer vaccine instead of AstraZeneca due to concerns about blood clots.
From today, National Cabinet will meet twice a week to address those issues, and Mr Morrison said the states would discuss their plans to open mass vaccination centres to accelerate the rollout.