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The President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) of Victoria, Dr Julian Rait, says he has been assured the state’s allocation of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine has been doubled.

Earlier Mr Rait raised concerns that the 11,000 doses a week for the next seven-eight weeks wouldn’t be enough to cover all frontline health and quarantine workers in Victoria.

The AMA had been told the Federal Government was withholding doses to deploy them to private age care facilities.

“I wouldn’t argue with the fact aged care residents and staff are obviously an important priority, but it effectively means that there is about a half of what we would have expected for the rest,” Mr Rait told Virginia Trioli.

“As a consequence, there is going to be some rationing required.”

After his interview with Ms Trioli, Mr Rait was contacted by the Federal Health department to say Victoria’s allocation had been doubled.

“That means that there will be more than sufficient doses of Pfizer-Biontech we hope, but in the event that that’s not the case there will be supplementation from the Astra Zeneca vaccine,” he said. 

Health minister Greg Hunt declined to comment on the program, but responded to Ms Trioli’s tweet to say “we advised the States last week that we would be doubling the doses they would receive”.

Reporting by Matilda Marozzi

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