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Australians over the age of 50 will be able to get the AstraZeneca vaccine from next month as the nation's leaders reset the coronavirus jab rollout.
The Pfizer jab will be restricted to Australians under that age, except for high-risk groups such as aged and disability care residents and workers.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday chaired national cabinet where Australia's leaders agreed on a rejig of the rollout in the wake of updated health advice.
Earlier this month the AstraZeneca jab was linked to rare but deadly blood clots, and was not recommended to Australians under 50.
In order to ramp up the rollout, Australians over-50 can get the AstraZeneca jab at state and territory facilities and GP respiratory clinics from May 3, before all GP clinics have them from May 17.
Nearly 1.8 million Australians have now been vaccinated, with about 60,000 doses administered each day.
India's devastating coronavirus outbreak was also on the agenda, with tighter restrictions to soon apply for travel to and from the country.
The number of repatriation flights from India will be cut along with the number of direct flights allowed to land in Australia.
It will also be harder for Australians to be granted an exemption to travel to India, and COVID-19 test requirements will apply.
"As time goes on and the pandemic continues to rage, there are countries that are frankly of greater risk than others," Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
There has been an increase in cases in Australia's hotel quarantine system from returned travellers in India, with West Australian Premier Mark McGowan flagging the issue ahead of the meeting.
The Asian giant recorded more than 314,000 cases in one day according to its most recent figures, the worst single day for any country during the pandemic.
Other countries could also be included in the restrictions, once Australia drafts its high-risk nation list which will be similar to that in use in the UK.
The federal government has been under the pump over the behind-schedule rollout with concerns about vaccination rates for people in aged care and disability.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese visited a Melbourne nursing home on Thursday where no residents or staff have been vaccinated.
"What a debacle. The residents of St Kilda's Sacred Heart Nursing Home were told this week they will finally receive their jab - next month," he said.
More than 118,000 aged care and disability residents have received a first dose, but the figure falls to just over 65,000 for full vaccinations.
There are about 190,000 people in those groups, considered to be among the most vulnerable.
The numbers are overwhelmingly in aged care with just 6.5 per cent of all disability residents receiving a jab.
© AAP 2021