Coordinator General of the National COVID Vaccine Taskforce, LTGEN John Frewen, was interviewed by ABC Breakfast Radio about the progress of the national vaccine roll-out.


Some of the questions directed at LTGEN Frewen were as follows:

  • The difficulties in getting the aged-care workforce vaccinated.
  • The meeting he held on 06 July with health officials from various states.
  • How critical the staff shortfall to carry out the vaccinations was.
  • What ideas he had to get more Australians vaccinated this year.
  • Whether the demand for the AstraZeneca vaccine would remain high.
  • When under-40s could expect to have access to the Pfizer vaccine.

In response, LTGEN Frewen told ABC Radio that:

  • All decisions were based on the best information available.
  • A decision had been made early on to prioritise older Australians.
  • There were now pathways for aged-care workers to access Pfizer.
  • Following a review, he saw opportunities to accelerate the roll-out.