Victorian Government announced Pfizer vaccine will be rejected to fake essential workers.
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The Victorian Health Department announced this morning in an interview to the ABC that about 569 applicants tried to get the Pfizer vaccine by cheating the system.
Dan Andrews clarified that all the applicants who chose the option for the Pfizer vaccine will be fine for $1500.00.
Victoria’s expanded vaccination program has been inundated with requests for Pfizer, crashing the website and leaving many unable to reach the call centre.
Victorians aged 16-39 became eligible for the vaccine on Wednesday and they were promised an additional 830,000 appointments would be made available. But many have experienced frustration because of system failures and technical difficulties.
The online booking portal received 50,000 hits a minute, and over 1.3 million contacted the call centre Wednesday morning.
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The Victorian premier Daniel Andrews had said an extra Pfizer doses were allocated to the state from the federal government’s reserves.
Naomi Bromley, the state’s deputy secretary of Covid response, said 25,000 bookings had already been made by 9am. But she conceded the system was under substantial pressure and had slowed.
“We have had an extraordinary response to the changes in eligibility that were made yesterday” Bromley said, imploring Victorians to “be patient.”
Even before bookings opened at 7am, people were being placed in a queue due to high demand. The site then crashed.
Those who called the booking centre were told to call back or disconnected.
By 4pm, more than 95,000 people had managed to book an appointment.