Over 80% of Australians over 16 have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
This is a significant milestone, and I want to thank each and every member of our local community, and every Australian, who has rolled up their sleeves to help us get this done.
I also want to thank our health professionals, our GPs, pharmacists, doctors and nurses, for their part in this rollout.
Our community is doing our bit, to view your local LGA’s vaccination status click here.
An 80% vaccination rate means we can get on with life with fewer restrictions.
Every vaccination gets us closer to more free travel, within Australia to see our friends, family, and our beautiful country.
It also means we are closer to safely opening our international borders, with limited or no restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated.
What this shows is the problems and challenges that we’ve had, we’ve addressed, we’ve fixed. And we’ve turned it around and we’re in the home stretch, and we’re moving towards that line, and then we need to keep going beyond it. Because I believe Australia can achieve much higher vaccination rates than the 70 and 80 per cent that we’ve set out in the National Plan, and that will only give us greater confidence and enable us to move even more quickly as we open the country up.
I want to see Australians all reunited once again. I’m sure we all want that. I have no doubt that all premiers and chief ministers around the country want to see that as well. So, we need to keep setting out that path ahead, moving forward with confidence, and giving people that hope that the vaccine program is giving them. We can’t be complacent. We need to move in a safe way. And the National Plan does set out a safe path, based on the best possible medical and health advice and the best scientific research, as has been done by the Doherty Institute.
And, so, I want to thank all of Australians for the tremendous work that you’ve done in getting us to this point. There’s more to do, there’s a lot of hope ahead, and I want us to keep pressing towards that.
Thanks again for doing your bit. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, please visit australia.gov.au to find your local vaccine clinic and get vaccinated to keep you and your family safe.