Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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* Older Australians will be encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 under a new campaign to be launched within weeks.

* The Australian Medical Association wants a more effective national strategy to motivate people who are in no rush to get their shots.

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison said $40 million was being spent on advertising, focusing on those happy to get the jab.

* Labor leader Anthony Albanese accused the government of sending mixed messages about the rollout.

* Australian regulators uncovered six more cases of rare blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, but say they are not unexpected as the rollout expands.

* The new cases include a 57-year-old woman from Victoria, a 79-year-old man from Victoria, a 53-year-old South Australian man and an 18-year-old woman in Queensland.

* Victoria's budget rests on key assumptions about the COVID-19 crisis, including that any further outbreaks can be quickly contained.

* People in NSW aged between 40 and 49 can now make a booking to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at 25 sites around the state.

* The Queensland government will put off a mass vaccination hub until the last quarter of the year because it is no longer administering the AstraZeneca vaccine.

* The devastated brother of an Australian man who died in India is pleading for an exemption to allow his elderly father to come and live with him in Sydney.


* There were 3,371,728 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Wednesday, including 92,874 in the previous 24 hours.

* Of the total, 2,187,101 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 62,231 in the previous 24 hours).

* 1,874,027 have been issued in primary care (+56,566) and 313,074 in aged and disability facilities (+5665).

* 1,184,627 have been administered by the states and territories, including +30,643 in the previous 24 hours.

* 344,259 have been administered in Victoria (+9497), 314,613 in NSW (+11,343), 178,372 in Queensland (+2886), 139,289 in Western Australia (+2885), 87,166 in South Australia (+1911), 53,816 in Tasmania (+154), 41,151 in the ACT (+843) and 25,961 in the NT (+1131).


* Australia reported no new locally acquired virus cases on Thursday. There were five new overseas-acquired cases; two in NSW, and one each in Queensland, WA and SA.

* The national death toll is 910: Victoria 820, NSW 56, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 7, SA 4, ACT 3 (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official tolls of both states).


* Cases: at least 164,914,000

* Deaths: at least 3,417,000

* Vaccine doses administered: at least 1,536,427,000.

Data current as of 1730 AEST on May 20, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.