NT becomes first jurisdiction to offer COVID vaccines to everyone over 16

Anyone in the Northern Territory aged 16 and older will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine, Chief Minister Michael Gunner has announced. Currently, people over 16 who were not already included in the staged vaccine rollout could only book in for the vaccine if they lived in regional parts …

Federal budget 2021 suggests international borders won’t reopen until mid-next year

The international border is expected to remain closed until mid-2022 and under the assumptions laid out in the budget, a quarantine program will remain in place, limiting overseas arrivals. Some international travel may begin sooner, but the budget papers imply a gap between when borders fully reopen and when all Australians …

Mother’s Day Australia 2021: The history of the holiday

When is Mother’s Day in Australia in 2021? Mother’s Day in Australia falls on Sunday, 9 May, 2021. It’s traditionally celebrated on the second Sunday in May and was first celebrated in Australia in 1910, according to the National Library of Australia. “Australia celebrated “Mother’s Day” yesterday for the first …

Singapore travel bubble eyed as Australia-New Zealand flights resume

As planes begin freely flying passengers between New Zealand and Australia for the first time in 400 days, the government is eyeing more deals with neighbouring countries. Asian travel hub Singapore has been floated by senior members of the government as the next potential destination for Australians, along with countries in the South Pacific. Deputy …

Australia dumps first dose by October vaccine target for ‘quickly as possible’ rollout

Australia’s chief medical officer says they are aiming to get Aussies vaccinated “as quickly as possible”, despite Scott Morrison’s move to axe the first dose by October goal. Professor Paul Kelly said medical experts spent the weekend planning for rollout changes, after damning updated advice said the AstraZeneca vaccine was no longer …

One thousand GPs to boost Australian vaccination rollout

Australia is lagging behind in the coronavirus vaccination race, a health expert has warned, as the Federal Government announced new measures to boost coverage. From Monday, more than 1000 general practices will join the COVID-19 vaccination program and online bookings are now open for eligible Australians. Strategic health consultant Professor …

More than 100,000 Australians have received their first dose

Australia has vaccinated 100,000 people a few weeks into the vaccination roll out, as more than half a million doses of both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have arrived in Australia. Speaking at the Therapeutic Goods Administration headquarters on Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said 149,000 doses of Pfizer …