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First Tasmanian given COVID-19 vaccine

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The state rollout of the coronavirus vaccine officially began at the Royal Hobart Hospital this morning.

A registered nurse from the Infectious Disease Ward received the first dose at 8am, kicking off the program that will deliver around 1,000 doses this week to Tasmania’s high-priority, front-line population.

"I’m super privileged to be able to be the first today. It was a long 12 months coming. So I’m really thankful," Jen Ives said.

"This is going to be a benefit to healthcare workers, but also the community at large."

The first phase of the vaccination program will target people who are at heightened risk of getting COVID-19. These are quarantine and border staff, and specific groups of front-line healthcare workers.

The state government says the aim is to have fully vaccinated Tasmania’s priority populations of around 14,000 people with the Pfizer vaccine in April.

The Commonwealth Government’s vaccination program has also begun, delivering vaccinations to aged and disability care residents and staff in the North and North West of the state.