Anti-vaccination protesters have gathered across Australia ahead of the launch of the country’s coronavirus inoculation programme, BBC reported.
Protests were held in cities including Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, with participants chanting slogans like: “My body, my choice.”
The rallies were largely peaceful, but police made several arrests in Melbourne, local media reported.
The national rollout of the Pfizer vaccine is set to begin on Monday.
Australia’s medical regulator earlier this week also granted provisional approval for the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, which is expected to be rolled out next month.
Both vaccines have undergone extensive safety checks and are already being used in several countries.
he rallies on Saturday were joined by a few thousand people in total, according to broadcaster ABC.
In Melbourne, some protesters clashed with police, who used pepper spray and made several arrests.