The first million doses of Moderna arrive from Europe



Date published:

September 18, 2021

Type of support:

Press release


General public

The first shipment of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses has arrived in Australia and will be administered by community pharmacies across the country from the end of next week.

Almost 350,000 doses arrived last night as part of Australia’s initial contractual supply, and another 700,000 of the 1 million additional doses obtained from EU member states are due to arrive tomorrow.

Health and Elderly Care Minister Greg Hunt welcomed the arrival of the doses and said they were the first of two million to be supplied by Moderna in September from their Belgian factory.

“We anticipate that these doses will be distributed to more than 1,800 community pharmacies across the country and put in the arms of Australians next week,” said Minister Hunt.

“Another 1,800 community pharmacies across the country will begin receiving doses the week of September 27.

“To date, we have administered over 24 million COVID-19 vaccines across Australia, with over 70% of Australians having received a first dose and 45% having received a second dose. These are significant accomplishments as we move closer, every day, to the immunization rates required to safely reopen our country.

“The additional Moderna vaccines will provide more opportunities for Australians to get vaccinated, including those between the ages of 12 and 15 who have recently joined the rollout, and I encourage everyone who has yet to receive a COVID vaccine- 19 to book one today. “

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) has recommended the use of Moderna vaccine for Australians aged 12 and over.

Nationally, more than 3,640 pharmacies have already raised their hands to administer the Moderna vaccine.

Australia has an early purchase agreement with Moderna to secure 25 million doses of the vaccine – 10 million this year and 15 million in 2022. Moderna vaccine doses will go through the standard TGA batch testing process like all others. COVID-19 vaccines.


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