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Darwin over 60s join rest of Territory to get Pfizer

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Territorians aged 60 and older living in Greater Darwin can now access the Pfizer vaccination.

Due to ample supply, the Health Minister has announced anyone aged 12 or older in the Northern Territory will be eligible for Pfizer.

The changes take place from today.

Natasha Fyles is hoping the change in eligibility will see every Territorian fully vaccinated by the end of the year.

“We are the first jurisdiction in the country to extend Pfizer eligibility to all Territorians aged 60 years and over and this gives us the perfect opportunity to get more people fully vaccinated more quickly.

“Territorians can get fully vaccinated three weeks after their first dose of Pfizer which means we will see faster rates of second dose vaccination across the Territory.

Theinterval between the first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine is threeto sixweeks apart, while the preferred forAstraZeneca doses is 12 weeks apart.

So far, 70 per cent of Territorians have had their first dose, while 50 per cent of people are fully vaccinated.

Those who have already received their first dose of Astra Zeneca must get their second Astra Zeneca dose. You need two doses of the same vaccine to ensure the best protection.

Pfizer bookings will be available from 9am today, from NT COVID-19 vaccination centres, participating GPs and Aboriginal health organisations.