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Remote NT COVID vaccine rollout delayed

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Coronavirus vaccinations in remote Northern Territory Indigenous communities are likely to be delayed despite the federal government's rollout reset.

Territory health workers hit the ground running with the AstraZeneca vaccine in early March, but deadly blood clot fears slowed the program.

Authorities are now recalibrating their plans with hopes they can use the Pfizer vaccine to immunise communities before the next wet season starts in November, but supply could be an issue.

"We have the challenge of a small population across a large geographic area," NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles said on Friday.

"We also have the challenge in the Territory that come the wet season, some communities are inaccessible."

Ms Fyles said Pfizer deliveries over the next few months would mostly be used to complete the first phase of the rollout to frontline workers.

"We know that late quarter three, quarter four, is when we'll see the next significant amount of Pfizer, so we need to work our plans based on the access to communities."

The Pfizer vaccine is preferred for remote communities because the second dose can be administered in just three weeks instead of 12 for AstraZeneca.

"You can see the complexity that might come delivering the AstraZeneca into remote communities that might be effected by the wet season around the second shot," Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

"So that's something we're working through now."

Revised AstraZeneca clinical advice recommending it not be used on people aged under 50 also makes it less useful in remote communities, which have a median age of 26, according to the NT government.

It follows the Morrison government's reset of the national vaccination strategy on Thursday.

From May 3, AstraZeneca jabs will be available for people over 50 at state and territory vaccination centres as well as respiratory clinics, before being sent to all GPs from May 17.

Pfizer access will be limited to people aged under 50 eligible for vaccination under Phases 1a and 1b of the rollout, and aged and disability care facility residents.

People in many remote communities, and in some circumstances frontline workers over 50 years not already vaccinated, will also be vaccinated with Pfizer.

Just over nine per cent or 1.85 million Australians have now been vaccinated, with almost 70,000 doses administered in the past 24 hours.