The data link The government of the New South Wales absorbed only 145,000 of the nearly one million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine allocated to by the Commonwealth, leaving the vaccines either in stock or headed overseas.
As Greater Sydney grapples with its spiraling Covid-19 epidemic, The NSW government has become increasingly critical of the Commonwealth 's vaccine supply, with Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian lamenting the lack of pandemic planning last week. other levels ".
" We need to make sure that the vaccine is accessible to all our population and that we have these doses available ", she declared following an emergency meeting of the national cabinet.
With the majority of AstraZeneca vaccines in NSW that have been administered by the Commonwealth through general medicine clinics, governs itThe federal government became increasingly frustrated with the critics. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday accused Berejiklian of not administering enough AstraZeneca vaccines at his state-based vaccination centers.
" I would like to see more AstraZeneca vaccines distributed through state clinics like Victoria was able to do, ”Morrison said.
Much of this frustration stems from NSW's decision not to accept AstraZeneca vaccine allocations due to what it says is a lack of demand for the vaccine.
As part of the federal government's immunization program, each state and territory received a proportional share of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer immunizations.
While NSW received 800 000 doses of AstraZeneca, it only took 145,000. In the midst of the latest outbreak, the federal government offeredt to NSW 150,000 additional doses of AstraZeneca for its population, as well as 150,000 Pfizer injections. But the state has chosen to take only Pfizer vaccinations and has consistently requested more of this vaccine.
Since the start of the rollout, only 110,000 of the 145,000 AstraZeneca vaccines ordered were distributed through state-run immunization clinics, and the state did not distribute any of the additional 150,000 AstraZeneca vaccines on offer.
Guardian Australia understands that the 655,000 AstraZeneca vaccines allocated to NSW - but not ordered - have been stored, donated to other states, or donated overseas as part of aid effort from the Foreign Ministry.
But the state health ministry said it requested additional doses of 'AstraZeneca are delivered to general practitioners and pharmacies, that Morrisona announced Thursday would be advanced by the Commonwealth, and that additional doses are not needed due to lack of demand.
"NSW Health has enough supplies from AstraZeneca to meet the demand that exists in its clinics and has always maintained that GPs, and now pharmacies, should be people's first option when it comes to health care. they get vaccinated with AstraZeneca, "the spokesperson told The Guardian.
In a statement, NSW Health said the federal government approval of his request for 1,250 community pharmacies was a "big boost" to the deployment of AstraZeneca, and that he asked the Commonwealth to "allocate AstraZeneca to pharmacies, because it is the vaccine that it is. 'they are allowed to administrer ".
" There are many more pharmacies approved to administer vaccines than all other states and territories combined, "said a spokesperson for the United States. health.
"Twenty pharmacies have started administering AstraZeneca in New South Wales this week with 48 more starting next Monday, July 26, in the South west Sydney , which has seen the majority of recent locally acquired cases during the current outbreak.
"Another 300 community pharmacies will begin administering AstraZeneca during the first two weeks of August in greater Sydney, including the Central Coast and Wollongong, with pharmacies throughout New Wales from South which should follow. "
But the NSW government hasalso indicated that the additional AstraZeneca was not needed for its hubs due to the lack of demand for the jab due to the hesitation caused by the rare blood clotting disease associated with it.
While NSW lowered the age of a person who could receive AstraZeneca at its hubs from 60 to 40 at the start of the outbreak, uptake did not does not appear to have increased.
NSW has so far administered only approximately 110,000 doses of AstraZeneca at its state clinics , which is pale compared to Victoria who administered around 420,000 doses of the vaccine.
On Thursday, the NSW Minister of Health, Brad Hazzard noted that at the Sydney Olympic Park vaccination center on Wednesday 9,000 Pfizer vaccines and only 50 AstraZeneca vaccines were administered.
"C 'is a shock ... I think this obviously comes from the advicesthey 've Atagi and then translated by the federal government, "Hazzard said.
" I just think we need to step back and say ... most of Between us can't afford the luxury of sitting down and saying that I don't want to have the vaccine which has in fact been taken by almost every country in the world and which has protected other countries. "