The Prime Minister has delivered the harsh truth of the vaccine targets that Australia needs to hit before regaining total freedom.
State and territory leaders met again today, with the vaccine rollout heavily dominating discussions.
They’ve set vaccine targets for our four-phase plan out of the coronavirus pandemic, of which we’re currently in phase A – the ‘suppression’ phase.
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Leaders have agreed that at least 70 per cent of the population will need to be vaccinated before they move onto the next phase of our way out of coronavirus.
Lockdowns are expected to be less likely during this phase – the ‘transition’ phase – but the Prime Minister admits he can’t rule them out as a ‘useful tool’ for limiting serious illness and hospitalisations.
International border caps will return to the levels they were previously at for vaccinated and non-vaccinated arrivals, and low-level international arrivals will be allowed to happen in some capacity.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says that restrictions will be eased on vaccinated residents, but details are yet to be finalised on this.
Before we can move on to phase C, which is the ‘consolidation phase’, at least 80 per cent of the eligible population will need to be vaccinated.
Lockdowns are not likely for entire cities during this phase. It will focus on minimising serious illness from the coronavirus, as well as hospitalisation and fatalities.
International travel will be allowed to return in some aspects, where Australia will be able to open up travel with other ‘safe’ countries.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the vaccine targets need to be achieved as a nation, AND as a state before individual states can move on.
The announcement comes as Sydney battles through a worsening outbreak of the highly infectious Delta outbreak, authorities say the only answer to it will be getting vaccines in people’s arms.
The Prime Minister says that states will be able to move on from their restrictions separate from each other.