The first trays of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the state on Sunday afternoon, with Health Minister Sarah Courtney saying the rollout of vaccinating frontline workers was on schedule, with the first jab expected in Hobart on Tuesday at 9am.
Ms Courtney said the state received two trays of the Pfizer vaccine, with each tray containing 195 vials - with "five or six" doses in each vial.
One tray of the vaccine is the responsibility of the federal government, with the rollout beginning at aged care homes across the state, while the other tray is at the Royal Hobart Hospital's vaccine centre, to be given to frontline workers - beginning with staff at hotel quarantine sites.
"As we start seeing more trays arriving, then we'll be able to stand up our hubs at the LGH and the North West Regional Hospital," Ms Courtney said.
Ms Courtney confirmed that she will be getting the vaccine herself.
"In terms of my age bracket, I'm expecting to be in stage 2B in terms of the rollout, however it's important that we also send a strong message to the community, so if the advice to me is that it's appropriate to get the jab earlier because of my role then I'll definitely be rolling up my sleeve," she said.
"We know that this vaccine is safe, free and effective, and it's going to be the pathway that we need in Tasmania towards a stronger future after COVID.
"It is going to be a number of months while we roll this vaccine out, and I ask everyone to have patience during that time."
Ms Courtney said there was no government advice for pregnant and breastfeeding women and whether they should get the vaccine.
"The best thing to do if you're in one of those cohorts is to speak to your GP," she said.
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