— Published 11 May 2021

Selected Olympians are getting their first doses


It is done. The Australian Olympic Committee started this week the vaccination campaign for the future members of its delegation for the Tokyo Games. It turned it into a media event by inviting journalists and photographers to go on one of the five sites chosen for the sanitary procedure. Two-time Olympic champion swimmer Cate Campbell (pictured above) was one of the first athletes to receive an injection of the Pfizer vaccine at the Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane. Australia’s national coronavirus vaccination program is behind schedule, forcing the country’s sports authorities to seek special permission from the government to vaccinate athletes first. “The vaccination timing is perfect,” said Cate Campbell. “I’m glad we can get it way before the Olympic trials. Like that, if we feel any side effects, we’ll be able to get over them by the time races come around.” The Australian Olympic swimming selections are scheduled for June 12th-17th. Australia’s Olympic delegation for the Olympics should include between 450 and 480 athletes, for a total of about 2,000 people. Contingent members over the age of 50 will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, while those under 50 will receive Pfizer’s.