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Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces Australia has hit 80 per cent first-dose Covid vaccination


Australia hits 80 per cent first-dose Covid vaccination on its way to being the country best protected against the virus and finally opening borders next month

  • The milestone comes after Scott Morrison announced border re-openings
  • From November 1 for those states with over 80% of residents fully vaccinated 
  • Australia is also one of the world leaders in daily vaccine doses administered










Australia’s vaccine rollout has hit a huge milestone – reaching 80 per cent of the population over 16 having received their first dose. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the figure on Wednesday and praised Australians for rolling up up their sleeves in world-beating numbers.

More than 90 per cent of people aged over 50 have received their first dose, and almost three in every four people in that age group were fully vaccinated.

Scott Morrison (pictured) announced on October 5 that 80 per cent of Australians aged over 16 had received their first dose of a Covid vaccine

Scott Morrison (pictured) announced on October 5 that 80 per cent of Australians aged over 16 had received their first dose of a Covid vaccine

Earlier this month, the PM made the welcome news that from November 1, fully vaccinated Australians from states where more than 80 per cent of people are vaccinated will be allowed to travel freely, once premiers open their borders.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has been vocal in his refusal to open borders once vaccination targets are reached, claiming the hard border will only be torn down once the state his 90 per cent vaccinated. 

Vaccinated Australians and permanent residents returning from overseas will from sometime next month be allowed to quarantine at home for only seven days, avoiding hotel quarantine costs.

The rule changes just in time for Christmas, allowing thousands of families kept apart to reunite after caps on arrivals made getting to Australia extremely difficult.

Mr Morrison announced the figure on his social media on Wednesday and praised Australians for rolling up up their sleeves in world-beating numbers

Mr Morrison announced the figure on his social media on Wednesday and praised Australians for rolling up up their sleeves in world-beating numbers 

Qantas boss Alan Joyce said travellers would need to have as many as four Covid tests and carry proof of vaccination in order to travel overseas. 

Mr Joyce explained in great detail at the International Air Transport Association’s annual meeting in Boston what international travel would look like when it restarted.

He said passengers would need to be tested for the virus before departing Australia and again before boarding their return flight home.

Another two Covid tests would be required during the seven days of home quarantine.

Australians overseas will also be able to return home, if they provide proof of vaccination and quarantine at home for seven days

Australians overseas will also be able to return home, if they provide proof of vaccination and quarantine at home for seven days

Australia’s vaccine rollout has struggled with supply issues, but the country’s vaccination rates have overtaken the US, which has an abundance of vaccines available.

According to Our World in Data Australia jumped the US in the vaccination race on September 29.

About 65.93 per cent of the entire Australian population has received at least one dose, and 45.63 per cent are fully vaccinated. 

Just 63.99 per cent of Americans have received their fist dose and 55.15 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Australia has surged ahead of countries such as the US in the vaccination race, overtaking the country in first dose percentage on September 29

Australia has surged ahead of countries such as the US in the vaccination race, overtaking the country in first dose percentage on September 29

Australia is also one of the world leaders in doses administered per 100 people daily. 

Cuba and South Korea are administering more vaccines per day at 1.7 and 1.25 doses respectively as of October 4.

Australia is close behind, administering 1.02 doses, ahead of Japan, Vietnam, India, Turkey, United States, Germany, and China.

Australia is also significantly better than the world average of 0.29, pushing forward as a world leader in vaccination rates.

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