Huge lines form in Melbourne for over 50s to get the Covid jab

Australia's beleaguered vaccination rollout looks set to rapidly gather pace as thousands of over 50s lined up to get their jab on the first day they became eligible.

Huge queues developed outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre which has been turned into a mass vaccination hub by the Victorian government. 

Residents were wearing masks and practicing physical distancing as they waited patiently for their turn to get the jab. 

Huge queues developed outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre which has been turned into a mass vaccination hub by the Victorian government

Huge queues developed outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre which has been turned into a mass vaccination hub by the Victorian government

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Residents were wearing masks and practicing physical distancing as they waited patiently for their turn to get the jab

Residents were wearing masks and practicing physical distancing as they waited patiently for their turn to get the jab

Australia's beleaguered vaccination rollout looks set to rapidly gather pace as thousands of over 50s lined up to get their jab on the first day they became eligible

Australia's beleaguered vaccination rollout looks set to rapidly gather pace as thousands of over 50s lined up to get their jab on the first day they became eligible

As of Sunday night, 2,260,615 Australians had been vaccinated, with 815,709 of those at state and territory clinics

As of Sunday night, 2,260,615 Australians had been vaccinated, with 815,709 of those at state and territory clinics

Monday was the first day anyone over 50 became eligible for the AstraZenca vaccine at general practice respiratory clinics and state and territory vaccination clinics.

On May 17, the vaccination program under Phase 2b will be expanded to GP surgeries.

Up to 15.8million doses are available for this part of the rollout, which includes catching up on any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases. 

As of Sunday night, 2,260,615 Australians had been vaccinated, with 815,709 of those at state and territory clinics. 

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The figure is still way behind other developed nations such as the US and UK, which has jabbed half the nation. Australia started its program later and suffered supply shortages due to European export bans. 

The scenes in Melbourne stand in stark contrast to pictures last week from Sydney which showed a vaccine centre completely empty despite 300 people being booked in for their jabs.

 The vaccination facility in Ryde in Sydney's north had received the bookings on Wednesday but instead next to no one

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