Vaccine and virus tracing reports released

Paul Osborne
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NATIONAL CABINET OUTCOMES

CONTACT TRACING

* A review of contact tracing was undertaken by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel

* The review found problems with the speed and accuracy of data collection, inconsistent information collected when people visit venues, inaccurate domestic airline passenger lists and slow returning of test results

* The review recommended fully digital data collection, work on rapid antigen tests, the better use of apps (such as that used in the ACT) to enter restaurants and other venues, and improved airline and shipping passenger information collection

VACCINES

* A vaccine policy was adopted, which will see the first vaccines - if they pass trials and are approved by the regulator - rolled out in the first quarter of 2021

* Priority will be given to those who are at increased risk of exposure, including health and aged care workers; other care workers, including disability support workers; and people in other risky settings such as quarantine workers

* Other priority people will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, older people and people with underlying select medical conditions, as well as "essential services personnel"

* The vaccines will be made available through GP clinics, respiratory clinics, dedicated vaccination clinics, high-risk workplaces, pharmacies, mobile teams and schools

* Vaccines will be provided free of charge for patients