One state has been given a bold vaccine target, with the goal of 90 percent of its eligible residents receiving a double shot by the summer.
A bold vaccine target has been set for Tasmanians, with the hope that 90 percent of its eligible residents will receive a double shot by the first day of summer.
Currently, more than 50 percent of residents over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated, while 69.1 percent have received at least one dose.
But, Prime Minister Peter Gutwein set goals for the next three months that would allow almost all residents to be fully vaccinated.
He said the goal was to reach a total vaccination rate of 70%, which was the agreed national target, by early or mid-October.
The next target was set at 80 percent for Melbourne Cup Day on November 2.
Mr. Gutwein said the timing was appropriate because the fight against Covid-19 was also “a race.”
Under the national plan, there must be an average of 80 percent of eligible double-dose individuals in all jurisdictions to enter Phase C, when closures are highly unlikely.
Gutwein said that was expected to happen in mid to late November.
Based on that, he said the state could have 90 percent of eligible Tasmanians fully vaccinated by Dec. 1 if they “really tried it.”
“That is where I and our health officials want us to be so that we can confidently open ourselves so that we are open for Christmas and summer,” Gutwein said.
“This is a race.
“We want to reach those target rates as quickly as possible.
“We know that by being (fully) vaccinated, you will have more access to travel, events, places, certain jobs, and you will have less chance of contracting Covid and becoming seriously ill.
“Being twice vaccinated is access to life in a Covid environment.”
Tasmania Health Department Secretary Kathrine Morgan-Wicks said there had been a “fantastic” recovery in the statewide vaccine stock so far.
He said health authorities expected to reach 70 percent over the weekend.
“If we keep up with the pace at which people are currently signing up for vaccination and showing up for those appointments, we will reach that 90 percent percentage,” said Ms. Morgan-Wicks.
“We are confident in that, but it depends on people keeping booking and showing up.”
It was also announced that Pfizer and Moderna would be accessible to everyone over the age of 60.