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While the coronavirus vaccine rollout into residential aged care facilities has been marred by delays across Australia, every facility in the ACT has received its first doses. The federal Department of Health on Friday confirmed that, of the 26 facilities in the ACT, all had gotten first vaccinations. Several had received second doses. It comes as state leaders and the federal opposition have been warring with the government about the slow rollout of the vaccine into residential aged care facilities. Queensland deputy premier Steven Miles on Thursday blasted the federal government, saying only a third of his state’s aged care residents had received a COVID-19 vaccine. Opposition health and ageing spokesman Mark Butler said the federal government had come into Good Friday with “a litany of stories of bungles and failures in the vaccine rollout strategy”. “Scott Morrison promised to complete the vaccination of the aged care sector, the most vulnerable sector, perhaps, in the Australian community by today, over a period of six weeks since the vaccine rollout strategy commenced on [February 21],” he said. “Instead, we’ve learned that only about one-third of aged care facilities have received even the first dose of the vaccine, and only about one-tenth of aged care facilities have received the second dose, which fully protects those vulnerable residents.” Commonwealth contractor Aspen Medical had doled out more than 4300 COVID-19 vaccines in the ACT as at Wednesday. As well as administering them at residential aged care facilities, it had visited 10 disability accommodation sites for first doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Healthcare Australia and Sonic Healthcare are responsible for the vaccine rollout in NSW and Queensland aged care homes. Canberra Aged Care Facility director Clayton Hutchinson said his staff and residents expected to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. “[When the first dose was administered at the facility] we went through about 97 residents and 30 staff before lunchtime,” Mr Hutchinson said. “As far as rounding up people, getting stuff done and vaccinating people, they’re doing everything they can. “I’m actually very appreciative that they’re taking time to get it right.” Mr Hutchinson said he was impressed with how Aspen Medical had operated when they visited his facility. READ MORE: A spokesman for the Department of Health said that, on a national level, residents of aged care and disability facilities were being prioritised over staff to get the vaccine. Experts had recommended workers get the vaccine separate to residents to avoid staffing shortfalls. “This has been validated in the first few weeks of the broader 1a vaccinations, with around 20 per cent of people experiencing mild side effects and unable to work the day after vaccination,” the spokeswoman said. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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While the coronavirus vaccine rollout into residential aged care facilities has been marred by delays across Australia, every facility in the ACT has received its first doses.

The federal Department of Health on Friday confirmed that, of the 26 facilities in the ACT, all had gotten first vaccinations. Several had received second doses.

It comes as state leaders and the federal opposition have been warring with the government about the slow rollout of the vaccine into residential aged care facilities.

Queensland deputy premier Steven Miles on Thursday blasted the federal government, saying only a third of his state’s aged care residents had received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Opposition health and ageing spokesman Mark Butler said the federal government had come into Good Friday with “a litany of stories of bungles and failures in the vaccine rollout strategy”.

“Scott Morrison promised to complete the vaccination of the aged care sector, the most vulnerable sector, perhaps, in the Australian community by today, over a period of six weeks since the vaccine rollout strategy commenced on [February 21],” he said.

“Instead, we’ve learned that only about one-third of aged care facilities have received even the first dose of the vaccine, and only about one-tenth of aged care facilities have received the second dose, which fully protects those vulnerable residents.”

Commonwealth contractor Aspen Medical had doled out more than 4300 COVID-19 vaccines in the ACT as at Wednesday. As well as administering them at residential aged care facilities, it had visited 10 disability accommodation sites for first doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

Healthcare Australia and Sonic Healthcare are responsible for the vaccine rollout in NSW and Queensland aged care homes.

Canberra Aged Care Facility director Clayton Hutchinson said his staff and residents expected to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.

“[When the first dose was administered at the facility] we went through about 97 residents and 30 staff before lunchtime,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“As far as rounding up people, getting stuff done and vaccinating people, they’re doing everything they can.

“I’m actually very appreciative that they’re taking time to get it right.”

Mr Hutchinson said he was impressed with how Aspen Medical had operated when they visited his facility.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said that, on a national level, residents of aged care and disability facilities were being prioritised over staff to get the vaccine.

Experts had recommended workers get the vaccine separate to residents to avoid staffing shortfalls.

“This has been validated in the first few weeks of the broader 1a vaccinations, with around 20 per cent of people experiencing mild side effects and unable to work the day after vaccination,” the spokeswoman said.

Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content: