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.
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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.
It comes after a massive 309,000 people rolled up their sleeves to receive the jab yesterday, which is another new daily record.
A significant milestone today. 50% of all Australians aged 16+ have now had their first COVID vaccination.
We’re getting this done, Australia. Thank you. Let’s keep going! pic.twitter.com/B9fDSW2wQa
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) August 19, 2021
Authorities have also confirmed that Australians aged between 16 and 39 will be able to receive the jab from the end of the month.
However, the 8.6 million Australians in that age bracket are being urged not to make a booking just yet.