July 9, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

According to the ABC’s tracking of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, 31.9 percent of Australians have had at least their first dose of the vaccine and 10.2 percent are fully vaccinated. In NSW, Australia’s most populous state, just over nine percent of the population are fully vaccinated with nearly a further 20 percent having received their first dose. The ABC puts the number of doses currently being administered each week at around 900,000 and projects that if this stays constant, the nation’s adult population will be fully vaccinated by March 2022.

The Federal Government’s latest vaccine data has 8,706,799 vaccine shots administered as at July 7. Forty million doses will be needed to vaccinate all Australian adults.

Some good news reported this morning has 4.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine arriving in Australia earlier than expected, in August, rather than September, meaning that from mid-July, one million doses of the preferred vaccine for those under 60 will be available for administration each week. Currently there are about 300,000-350,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine available each week.

In terms of the vaccine helping the community “get back to normal” and presumably putting an end to the kind of restrictions which wreck havoc on the events industry – like city-wide lockdowns – NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian yesterday reiterated that she would be looking at 10 million jabs administered for that to become a reality. NSW has currently administered just over a quarter of that target, at 2,525,322.

The Federal Goverment will also be using vaccination threshhold targets to trigger the four phases of its plan to end domestic restrictions and reopen Australia to international travel. Those targets are currently being developed by the Doherty Institute.