Australians say health workers should get COVID jab first

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Australians say frontline healthcare workers and aged and disability carers should be the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, according to new research from The Australian National University (ANU).

The survey of more than 3,000 Australians used an experimental approach to identify who Australians think should be the first groups to receive an effective vaccine once developed.

Paramedics topped the list, followed by aged and disabled carers, registered nurses, nursing support workers and general practitioners.

Primary school teachers were the next highest group of professionals Australians said should be among the first to receive a COVID vaccine. Childcare workers also make the top 10.

Report co-author Professor Nicholas Biddle, from the ANU Center for Social Research and Methods, said the study was the first test of the relative weight Australians put on different individuals’ characteristics in terms of who should receive a vaccine. The survey also

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Boots stops taking flu jab bookings for under-65s as stocks run low

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Boots has stopped taking bookings from under-65s who want the flu jab after stocks ran low following a record number of requests.

The company said “more people than ever” had been booking early to get their flu vaccinations, following a government campaign to get people vaccinated to reduce the pressure on the NHS as the country goes into a second wave of the coronavirus crisis.

Boots has paused new bookings for those under 65, though younger people who already have appointments can still attend them.

A Boots spokesperson said: “We have been closely monitoring our stock levels, and made the decision this weekend to pause taking new bookings for our private and NHS under-65s flu vaccination services. This is to make sure we can vaccinate the patients who have already booked their appointments with us.”

“We are still able to continue supporting

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