Vaccine rollout 'tough' but achievable: PM

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Scott Morrison admits the national vaccine rollout is a "tough" project to deliver, as hundreds of thousands of Australians seek to register with doctors and Commonwealth clinics for their shots.

Queensland's vaccination program is back on track after concerns were raised about the AstraZeneca vaccine and anaphylaxis but the state accepted the findings of a review by the medicines regulator.

So far 240,000 people have been vaccinated nationally.

As well 381,000 Australians have visited a website to check their eligibility but thousands were unable to access the site on their first go.

Labor says the government has created "chaos" with its online booking system, but Mr Morrison deflected the criticism.

"I am pleased that so many Australians want to be part of this vaccination program," Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

"The surge in interest yesterday was extraordinary and that just says to me that Australians understand how important this vaccination program is.

"It is a big project, it is a tough project, it is on a national scale unprecedented and we continue to step forward every single day."

Health Minister Greg Hunt said one sign of growing confidence in the vaccination program was the fact two states had decided not to close borders despite detecting virus cases.

"Not only are we containing the cases - there is increasing trust in other states to contain the cases," Mr Hunt said.

"I think that is a very significant moment for Australia and linked to the progressive rollout of the vaccines."

Over the next week it is expected states will receive 150,000 doses, GPs 200,000, Commonwealth clinics 50,000, and 100,000 doses will go to frontline workers and aged care.

As well as more than 1000 GP clinics, there will be more than 100 Commonwealth clinics providing jabs to people in the phase 1b group who are not registered with a GP.

"They will take patients in the order they arrive - they don't have to be a member," Mr Hunt said.

Deliveries to GPs started on Wednesday and by the end of Friday 1170 clinics are expected to have received doses.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd asked Australians not to panic.

"There is plenty of vaccine. Everyone who wishes to get vaccinated in Australia will be able to be vaccinated."

Australia's medicines regulator says there are no specific problems around either of the two COVID-19 vaccines.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration says it has received 19 reports nationally of anaphylaxis - a form of allergic reaction - 14 of which followed the Pfizer vaccine and five followed the AstraZeneca vaccine.

As of March 15, the TGA had not received any reports of blood clots following the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which at least 17 countries are currently investigating while suspending or delaying the vaccine's use.

Almost 12 million people had been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca jab in the UK without any evidence of blood clots.

Allergic reactions had been extremely rare, with no cause for concern for people with no history of anaphylaxis.