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Why are kids’ vaccination appointments being cancelled?

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Many parents, desperate to have their children vaccinated against COVID before school starts, had eagerly booked in for appointments this week as the vaccination rollout for 5-11 year olds finally began.

But reports are emerging of parents learning their child’s appointment has been cancelled or rescheduled due to “delivery delays” – even as federal COVID-19 Task Force Commander Lieutenant General John Frewen assures Australians that “supply isn’t the issue; we’ve got enough vaccines”.

So what might be behind the delays?

As Archa Fox explains today, the same staffing issues resulting in empty supermarket shelves could be affecting the vaccine distribution network too. Thousands of drivers, administration staff, packers and logistics planners could be furloughed, off sick with Omicron or in isolation because a household member is.

Shoring up domestic manufacturing of mRNA vaccines, she argues, would hopefully mean a shorter and less complex supply chain with less opportunity for difficulties in future.

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