The challenge now is to address the understandable concerns and prevent them from contaminating the broader public dialogue on COVID-19 vaccination.
We'll need mass vaccination hubs and expanded GP vaccination clinics to deliver jabs to millions of Australians.
This shift in focus away from AstraZeneca to the Pfizer vaccine has serious impacts on the timing of the rollout and public confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Our well-meaning efforts to use images to help demystify the vaccination process or share our pride in getting a COVID vaccine can backfire.
All vaccines and medications come with risks. But the risks of delaying vaccination are far higher.
We need to stop relying on small GP clinics and urgently move towards using mass vaccination hubs like stadiums, schools and parks.
These mistakes have been mainly caused by our leaders giving priority to a good political story over good policy.
The anticipated arrival of two new vaccines can boost the morale of those worried about the wait for their dose.
At first glance, Australia looks to be tracking poorly compared to the rest of the world. However, context is really important here.
Exports of the vaccine continue to be a point of contention between the EU and UK, while newly released US trial results are quickly amended.
Pausing COVID-19 vaccine rollouts can backfire. There are better ways to manage safety issues while they're being investigated.
This group has long suffered much higher death rates than the general population due to a poor standard of basic healthcare.
From today, around 1,000 clinics around the country can begin vaccinating eligible Australians.
The European Medicines Agency has said the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is not associated with an increased overall risk of developing blood clots.
As immunisation emerges as the world's primary weapon to combat COVID-19, much more work is needed to improve electricity access so vaccines can be refrigerated.
Allowing people to discuss their concerns one-on-one has been shown the improve vaccine uptake.
The government should be explicit about what proportion of the population will need to be vaccinated to warrant border reopening. Australians could then measure progress towards that goal.
Several countries on the continent had introduced COVID-19 vaccination by early March 2021.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's strong ratings in the Newspoll and Essential poll suggest the slow vaccine rollout and anger among women might not be hurting the government yet.
Is Australia behind on its rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine? Yes. Will it catch up? Most likely, yes. But there are perils in trying to go too fast, and in overpromising on deadlines.