February 22 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Eoin McSweeney and Ed Upright, CNN

Updated 0645 GMT (1445 HKT) February 23, 2021
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2:36 a.m. ET, February 22, 2021

Australia kicks off vaccination program for frontline workers

From CNN's Chandler Thornton

A health worker receives a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Melbourne, Australia, on Monday, February 22. 
A health worker receives a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Melbourne, Australia, on Monday, February 22.  Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Australia began its Covid-19 vaccination rollout for frontline workers on Monday with about 60,000 Pfizer/BioNTech doses, according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison's office.

The AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine will begin rolling out in March, said Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt in a news release.

Aged care resident Jane Malysiak, 84, from Marayong, New South Wales, was the first person in Australia to receive a Covid-19 vaccine on Sunday ahead of Monday's official rollout.

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks on as Jane Malysiak becomes the first person in the country to receive a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Sydney on February 21.
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks on as Jane Malysiak becomes the first person in the country to receive a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Sydney on February 21. Steven Saphore/AFP/Getty Images

Prime Minister Morrison also received his vaccine on Sunday.

"Pleased to get my #COVID19 vaccine today along with Australia’s CMO Professor Paul Kelly to give further confidence to Australians these vaccines, which have been tested and approved by our medical experts, are safe & effective," Morrison tweeted afterward.

The Australian government has secured more than 150 million vaccine doses. Over 50 million doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine ordered by the government will be manufactured in Melbourne.