'Egg and spoon' race: Daniel Andrews slams 'totally unfair' NSW vaccine allocations

Angry state premiers have blasted the Morrison government for pumping more coronavirus vaccines into NSW than other states.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media during a press conference in Melbourne, Tuesday, 7 September, 2021.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media during a press conference in Melbourne, Tuesday, 7 September, 2021. Source: AAP

State governments have demanded a fair share of coronavirus vaccines after data emerged showing NSW received a higher allocation than its population.

Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia received less than their population's share of Pfizer while the allocation for NSW increased last month.

The ABC published data showing NSW was being sent 45 per cent of the Pfizer doses being distributed despite having about 32 per cent of Australia's population.

 

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said his state missed out on 340,000 doses and demanded "unfair" and "under the table" arrangements stop.

"I did not sign up and no Victorians signed up to a national plan to vaccinate Sydney," he told reporters on Tuesday.

“Some don’t like to see this as a race but a race it surely is. What I didn’t know was that [NSW] Premier [Gladys] Berejiklian’s in a sprint while the rest of us are supposed to do some sort of egg and spoon thing. No, we want our fair share,” he said.

“These allocations, which are totally unfair and were under the table, need to stop and we need to get a make-good … There has to be additional allocations made to our state.”

A teenager is among those on a ventilator in Victoria

Victoria on Tuesday announced 246 new COVID-19 cases, including 156 not linked to known sources.

The state now has 1,786 active reported cases.

A 17-year-old on a ventilator is among the 110 Victorians in hospital with coronavirus, as the state opens another 40,000 vaccination bookings a week.

"There's 110 people in hospital, 30 of those are in ICU, 14 on a ventilator," Mr Andrews said. 

"To give people a clear sense and hopefully remove any doubt this is everybody's business, the age range of those ventilated patients is 17 years of age through to 76 years of age."

Mr Andrews said none of the hospital patients were fully vaccinated and urged Victorians to get any COVID-19 vaccine available to them.

To help get more shots in more arms, the state will increase capacity, adding 40,000 vaccination appointments each week to Victorian-run hubs.

Another 25 cubicles have been added at Melbourne Town Hall, Port Melbourne Town Hall and at the Eagle Stadium drive through at Wyndham.

The Melton drive through clinic will have its capacity doubled and a new vaccination centre will be created at La Trobe University at Bundoora.

Vaccine blitz targets Year 12 students

On Monday, there were 43,858 tests were processed and 32,300 Victorians received a vaccine dose at a state-run hub.

A vaccination blitz of Victorian year 12 students has started on Tuesday, aiming to get all year 12 students vaccinated with at least one dose before their final exams in October.

Mr Andrews urged people over 60 who are hoping to get a Pfizer vaccine to stop waiting and get the AstraZeneca immunisation readily available.

"Don't get in a queue behind 12 -year-olds, they can only get Pfizer. If you wait in the queue with them, you will be waiting a long time," he said.

Melbourne will remain under tough lockdown restrictions until at least 70 per cent of eligible Victorians receive their first vaccine.

The state has hit 60 per cent first dose coverage and is expected to reach the 70 per cent target by about September 19, sooner than the government anticipated.

With SBS News.

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Published 7 September 2021 at 9:54am, updated 7 September 2021 at 2:26pm
Source: AAP - SBS