Australia will reach 90 per cent first-dose vaccination TODAY with 37 million Covid jabs administered in just nine months
- Australia will hit 90 per cent first dose vaccination rate Thursday afternoon
- Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said it will be known as ‘milestone day’
- Country has achieved the feat in just nine months with 37 million jabs given
Australia will hit a major Covid milestone today as the country moves towards ending all state border closures and re-opening to the world.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed the country will surpass 90 per cent first dose vaccination rates in what he is labelling ‘milestone day’.
‘During the course of today, we will pass 90 per cent first vaccinations across the country,’ he said on Thursday morning.
‘About 1pm in a country general practice, in an Indigenous medical clinic or a suburban pharmacy, someone will be the Australian who ticks us over 90 per cent of 16 plus who have a vaccination.’
Australia is set to hit another major vaccination milestone on Thursday as the country moves towards ending all state border closures and re-opening to the world
International borders around the country are starting to burst open with no caps on arrivals and no hotel quarantine for vaccinated people arriving in NSW
Australia has achieved the feat in just nine months, with the first vaccine doses arriving in February.
More than 37 million jabs have been administered since then, with more to come in Queensland and Western Australia which are lagging behind the rest of the country.
‘What this means is we have been protecting Australians. And that’s an extraordinary achievement and I want to thank and honour all those who have attributed,’ Mr Hunt said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the milestone was a ‘true Australian national effort’.
‘Australians haven’t just kept themselves safe, we’ve kept each other safe over these two years,’ he said.
‘And I know it has felt like a long journey. That’s because it has been. But together we’ve saved well over 30,000 lives.’
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed the country will surpass 90 per cent first dose vaccination rates in what he is labelling ‘milestone day’
NSW hit 90 per cent vaccinated on Wednesday, with Victoria on track to meet the same target within weeks.
‘We are hopeful that we can get that rate up to 95 per cent — that will not just be nation-leading, it will be world-leading as well,’ NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said.
Australia on the whole is moving in the right path for 90 per cent of the total population to be vaccinated with increased supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
The country continues to manufacture the AstraZeneca jab, but has started shipping the vaccines to third world countries in the Pacific.