— Published 28 April 2021

Australians will be vaccinated

The list goes on and on. Australia in turn is in the camp of countries where those selected for the Tokyo Games are now a priority to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The decision was made at the top of the state, at the federal government level. They have received proper acclaim from the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). “I personally thank Health Minister Greg Hunt and Sport Minister Richard Colbeck for their support and commitment, and of course the National Cabinet for making this important decision“, said Matt Carroll, Chief Executive Officer of the AOC. Hundreds of very grateful athletes, coaches and families will be relieved to know that their hard work over five years has been worth it. That extra level of assurance is what they were looking for. Members of the Olympic delegation will be vaccinated in a so-called priority group, which also includes healthcare workers, aborigines over 55 and people over 70. Participants in the Games (athletes and staff) over the age of 50 will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, the others will be vaccinated with doses produced by Pfizer. No timetable has yet been released for the Australian athlete vaccination campaign, but the AOC has said it will work with its partners at Aspen Medical on the logistics of the operation. The Australian team heading to Tokyo is expected to have between 450 and 480 athletes.