Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination roll-out began yesterday, with vulnerable people at several South West aged care facilities among the thousands to soon receive their first dose. Aged care residents at chosen facilities in Bunbury, Carey Park, Donnybrook, Eaton and South Bunbury will receive their first Pfizer vaccine as the Federal Government vaccine roll-out starts at more than 240 facilities across Australia. Hotel quarantine workers and high-risk frontline health staff will also be among those to first get the jab in a separate roll-out being run by the State Government. About 5000 doses will arrive in WA each week for the first three weeks before that number increases in mid-March. The roll-out will include the AstraZeneca vaccine from early March after it received approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration last week. “They have done it on a risk basis for the country, as well as making sure there’s diversity across urban and rural, and all parts of Australia so nobody is missing out,” he said. The first phase targets aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers and quarantine and border workers, with other health workers, elderly residents and people with underlying medical conditions among those included in Phase 1B. Younger Australians and those not at high risk can expect to wait a few months for the vaccine, as the staged approach targets those most in need of protection first. Mr Hunt said both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines would be available to Australians for free. “The vaccination program will save and protect lives,” he said. “Both of our vaccines will prevent serious illness. That is our primary goal.” Eligible quarantine and frontline workers will receive the jab through vaccination clinics, while a vaccination workforce will help residential aged care and disability care residents and staff receive their vaccines. The remaining phases will be rolled out as the number of vaccines grows. State Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson said the first vaccinations yesterday marked a “momentous day for WA”.