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Aussies Under 40 Explain Why They’re Getting Covid-19 Jab Despite Not Being Eligible

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Aussies Under 40 Explain Why They’re Getting Covid-19 Jab Despite Not Being Eligible

The states and territories have split up on who they have made eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

The Northern Territory has opened it up to anyone over the age of 16, while Western Australian residents aged 30 to 49 are now able to get the jab.

Everywhere else, the vaccine is only available to older Australians and those in 1a and 1b.

However, there are many people who have slipped through the cracks and managed to get the vaccine despite not being part of the initial rollout.

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They've managed to take advantage of website links meant only for frontline workers and lied when they were questioned about how they're eligible when at the vaccination hub.

But when some were quizzed by the media, they had no problem explaining why they circumvented the rules so that they could get the jab.

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Many said the older population was being selfish by holding off getting their jab because of the misguided notion the Pfizer candidate is better than AstraZeneca. Until the majority of Aussies over the age of 50 get their injection, it won't be opened up to others.

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One person told the Guardian: "Boomers had their chance. They didn't want it. I need to get back to eating squid in the Mediterranean and we need the vaccines to do it."

Another added: "I want to be vaxxed. I want the world to open up, I want to be able to go live overseas."

The federal government previously said mass Covid-19 vaccination won't necessarily mean Australia's international borders will open up, however it has since said it will certainly help in their decision making.

"What we are also looking at with regards to the opening of borders is that progressive capacity, based on medical advice for those that have been vaccinated to have easier passage out and easier passage in," he said last month.

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"[It] is based on a series of factors...if the whole country were vaccinated, you couldn't just open the borders."

There was also a rumour that the federal government might soon let vaccinated people leave the country and not be required to quarantine in a hotel upon their return.

Authorities haven't outlined that roadmap and whether it would be a possibility, but you can imagine how many people would rush to get vaccinated if that was the case.

Melbourne's recent fourth lockdown also highlighted the need for people to get vaccinated as an outbreak can occur at the drop of a hat.

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Topics: Australia

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