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Australia hits vaccination milestone with 95 percent of Australians aged 16 and over getting at least one shot
- 95 percent of Aussies have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine
- Health Minister Greg Hunt said the milestone passes ‘almost all predictions’
- About 92.5 percent of Australians aged 16 and over have had two doses of vaccine
- Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly Said Omicron Outbreak Cases Peaked
Health Minister Greg Hunt says Australia has reached a 95 percent first-dose vaccination rate against Covid, while there are hopes the latest Omicron outbreak has peaked.
He said the milestone for the first vaccine doses for Australians aged 16 and over “exceeded almost all possible predictions made at the start of the pandemic”.
“That’s often referred to as full coverage, but we want to go further, we want to continue to encourage Australians to come forward,” Mr Hunt told reporters on Saturday.
Australia has achieved a 95 percent first-dose vaccination rate against Covid, while about 92.5 percent of Australians aged 16 and over have had two vaccine doses
About 92.5 percent of Australians aged 16 and over have had two doses of vaccine, while 52.6 percent had received their booster, including 245,000 people on Friday.
More than 250,000 children between the ages of five and 11 have received their first dose of a vaccine since qualifying Monday, including 57,000 on Friday.
Mr Hunt also noted that a decision on the Novavax covid vaccine – which is not yet available in Australia – is expected by the Therapeutic Goods Administration “in the next 10 days.”
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the milestone for the first vaccine doses for Australians aged 16 and over ‘almost surpassed all possible predictions’
About 51 million doses of the protein-based vaccine have been ordered by the federal government.
NSW recorded 48,768 new covid cases and 20 deaths on Saturday, while Victoria recorded 25,526 infections and 23 deaths.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said there were “signs of hope” that outbreaks in both states, as well as the ACT, have peaked.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said there were ‘signs of hope’ for outbreaks in NSW, Vic and the ACT as forecasts predict case numbers will soon peak
“All the predictions and now the actual forecasts based on the actual number of cases, particularly in NSW but also in Victoria and ACT, lead me to believe that in terms of cases we are close to the peak of this wave,” he said, pointing on infections are likely to be underreported.
However, Professor Kelly noted that the situation in Western Australia is “a different story”.
“When they start to get cases, it will be later. But for most of the rest of Australia we’re still on that upward curve, we could reach a plateau and then there’s a drop in cases,” he said.
Professor Kelly also noted that hospitalizations and deaths will increase in the coming weeks, but noted that the overall number of serious illnesses is “extremely low.”
However, Professor Kelly noted that the situation in Western Australia is ‘a different story’ and says their case numbers will pick up ‘later’
Infectious disease experts have warned that people could be re-infected with covid due to different variants circulating in the community.
Epidemiology Chair at Deakin University Professor Catherine Bennett says that while most cases in the country are related to the Omicron variant, people are still infected with the Delta strain.
She said people who got covid related to one species could still get it from the other.
Experts have warned people believed to have ‘immunity’ after covid recovery should remain vigilant as they could be exposed to other strains
“We know that Omicron has more reinfections, and that was in people who have had Delta,” Professor Bennett told ABC TV.
“Even if Omicron doesn’t re-infect after an infection clears, you can still have a Delta infection at a party and still be vulnerable to Omicron, so it’s still possible to get a re-infection.”