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Olympians to receive COVID-19 vaccines ahead of Tokyo Games

Australia’s Olympic athletes will be prioritised for a COVID-19 vaccine ahead of this year’s Tokyo Games.

National Cabinet agreed today on athletes and support staff being vaccinated, with approximately 2050 individuals identified by the AOC and Paralympics Australia found to be eligible.

“We want to see our athletes head to Tokyo to compete and then return to Australia safely,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

The vaccinations will comprise both Pfizer and AstraZeneca for those aged over 50.

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Minister for Sport, Richard Colbeck said while vulnerable Australians remain a priority in the vaccine rollout, National Cabinet understands the pressure high-performance athletes are facing as the Tokyo Games draw closer.

“This will be a very different Olympics and Paralympics, but our athletes deserve the opportunity to compete,” Minister Colbeck said.

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