AUSTRALIA has reached a new vaccination milestone with 70 per cent of the country over the age of 16 now fully vaccinated.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed the status at a press conference on Wednesday morning.
“This is a testament to the work of Australians and it is a testament to our health professionals and everybody that has been involved in the vaccination program,” he said.
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“I want to say thank you and congratulations, but keep going.”
It means Australia moves to “Phase B” of the national roadmap.
It means lockdowns will become “less likely” and other restrictions can start to ease like the possibility of increasing international arrivals and reducing quarantine arrangements.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly said it was a significant achievement.
“Moving into phase B of the national plan allows us to really consider what else we can be doing to get back to some sort of COVID normal here in Australia,” Kelly said.
Minister Hunt also revealed vaccine boosters will be rolled out from next months in aged care, subject to approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).
“We are ready to commence and make sure that additional protection is provided,” Hunt said.