Australia Covid: COuntry hits MAJOR vaccine milestone with 80% of eligible residents double jabbed


Australia hits MAJOR vaccine milestone with 80% of eligible residents double jabbed – making it one of the most vaccinated countries in the world

  • Australia hit vaccine milestone with 80% of eligible residents double jabbed 
  • It is now one of the most vaccinated countries in the world, higher than the US
  • The federal government pledged to start vaccinating five to 11-year-old children 


Australia has hit its 80 per cent double vaccination target, a major milestone in the country’s reopening plan.

The country made the breakthrough on Saturday, making it one of the most vaccinated countries in the world with double-dose rates in over 16s now higher than Israel and the United States.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison described it as ‘magnificent’.

Australia has hit its 80 per cent double vaccination target, a major milestone in the country’s reopening plan

‘How good is that,’ he said.

‘There’s now been 35 million doses. This has been a true Australian national effort.

‘Cities and suburbs, towns and hospitals and pharmacies. Aged care facilities and disability home, (and) there’s been the pop up clinics. We’ve been in remote indigenous communities, army barracks and stadiums … all kinds of locations, all across our amazing country.

‘A big thanks goes to our nurses, doctors, our healthcare workers and pharmacists … everyone who’s been involved in this extraordinary effort including local councils and state and territory governments.’ 

NSW, Victoria and the ACT have already passed their individual 80 per cent double dose targets.  

Queensland and WA are expected to reach 80 per cent first dose targets in the coming days.  

The country made the breakthrough on Saturday, making it one of the most vaccinated countries in the world with double-dose rates in over 16s now higher than Israel and the United States

The country made the breakthrough on Saturday, making it one of the most vaccinated countries in the world with double-dose rates in over 16s now higher than Israel and the United States

Australia’s vaccine rollout had a slow start with the coutnry intially missing key dates of its vaccine plan. 

The NSW delta outbreak saw the vaccine rollout boosted with residents going out in large numbers to get jabbed in the hope of supressing the spread of the virus. 

Meanwhile, hospitals, aged care facilities and schools are among the high-risk settings where workers and visitors could face rapid testing under an Australian plan to be developed.

National cabinet on Friday agreed the federal health department and Australian Health Protection Principal Committee will work on creating a nationally consistent framework for the use of rapid antigen tests.

It will guide authorities across the nation on how often the tests should be done and the implication of positive results, while also recommending high-risk settings for the screening.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) described the feat as 'magnificent'

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) described the feat as ‘magnificent’

Australian health authorities have previously been cautious to expand the use of rapid antigen tests given they are less reliable than PCR swabs.

In a further take-out from the first national cabinet meeting in more than a month, states and territories will consider changes to isolation requirements for fully vaccinated primary close contacts, including no or minimal quarantine for up to seven days.

Casual contacts would only be asked to seek testing and isolate if experiencing symptoms, but avoid high-risk settings until they return a negative result.

Victoria and NSW have already reduced the time most fully-vaccinated primary close contacts have to serve in isolation from 14 to seven days, while casual contacts can leave quarantine once they return a negative test result.

The federal government has also pledged to start vaccinating five to 11-year-old children, if backed by the national medicines regulator and immunisation advisory group.

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly informed leaders of the emerging scientific evidence showing the benefits of vaccinating the age group, after US regulators approved the Pfizer vaccine for five to 11-year-olds.

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan on Friday revealed long-awaited plans to reopen the state to eastern jurisdictions after months of hard border policies, as NSW and Victoria effectively reopened their borders to each other.



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