Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout hits ‘significant’ milestone

Australia’s vaccination rollout is continuing to pick up the pace, with the country hitting a number of goals in the past 24 hours.

Speaking to reporters from Canberra, Prime Minister Scott Morrison this afternoon confirmed more than 16 million COVID-19 vaccines have now been administered across Australia.

“That is 215 each and every minute that is being distributed… These are extraordinary marks for the National vaccine program,” Mr Morrison said.


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The figure has been described as a “significant milestone”, with 50 per cent of all Australians aged over 16 now having had their first coronavirus vaccine.

“More than one in two eligible Australians have now had their first dose,” the Prime Minister said.

“There are more people who are eligible who have had their vaccine than have not had their vaccine in Australia today, that is a major turning point.”

It comes after a massive 309,000 people rolled up their sleeves to receive the jab yesterday, which is another new daily record.

“Every one of those is a dose of hope,” Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

“Every one of those means that more individual Australians are protected but more Australians collectively are protected.” 

Authorities have also confirmed that Australians aged between 16 and 39 will be able to receive the jab from the end of the month.

“We agreed today and the cabinet also met today to affirm that we will be moving to opening up to 16 to 39 -year-olds for the balance of the program and we intend for that to commence from 30 August,” the Prime Minister said.

However, the 8.6 million Australians in that age bracket are being urged not to make a booking just yet.

“We will advise when bookings can be made. It isn’t today… We will advise when the time will come over the course of the next week,” Mr Morrison said.