Covid19 : Australia hits vaccine milestone
More than half of Australia’s adult population were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, authorities said, as they step up inoculations in hopes of easing restrictions while cases linger near daily record levels in Victoria.
Australia is grappling with a third wave of infections from the highly infectious Delta variant that has led to lockdowns in its two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, and the capital, Canberra, affecting nearly half the country’s 25 million people.
“I’m pleased to report 75 per cent of the nation’s 16s and over, have rolled up their sleeves to receive a first vaccine dose,” federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said.
Some Victorians will soon be able to take part in a trial that will pave the path for the state to become an open, vaccinated economy.
The Victorian government will conduct trials in businesses and events across highly vaccinated parts of regional Victoria to help the state open progressively as a vaccinated economy when it meets the key double-dose thresholds outlined in the state government’s roadmap.