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Freedom Days inch ever closer as COVID-19 vaccination numbers increase

Freedom Days inch ever closer as COVID-19 vaccination numbers increase

28 September 2021

With New South Wales revealing the date of its proposed “Freedom Day” as the state moves closer to population’s magic 80% double dose of COVID-19 vaccinations, it is timely to visit each state and see just how we are helping those figures increase.

As the state neared 62%, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said this week more freedoms for NSW residents were on the way in the coming months as part of the state’s three-stage reopening plan, the final two parts.

The first stage is expected to kick into gear on October 11 when the 70% double dose vaccination target is anticipated to be reached - currently, 61.67% of people have received two jabs of a vaccine.

Two weeks later, Ms Berejiklian expects the state to hit the 80% double dose vaccination target, for those aged older than 16, meaning even more freedoms are just around one month away.

And as national second dose figures creep up around 1% every day, the number of Aussies who have received their first dose is skyrocketing!

As of Wednesday this week, 76.68% of the nation’s population had received their first COVID-19 vaccination, with a stunning 86.21% of NSW residents getting their first jab!

AS NSW stays on track to reach these “Freedom Day” targets, the number of Australians who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccination hit 52.6% as of Wednesday, September 29. 

While figures are indeed increasing and moving closer to its magic 80% target, NSW was sitting at 61.67% as of Wednesday this week for those who are double dosed. This is currently the second-highest number of vaccinations in the country with the ACT’s population coming in top of the nation at 62.24% double dosed! Latest data shows 88.57% of those in the ACT have received their first COVID jabs.

Wednesday’s figures show Victorians are helping lead the charge toward double doses with 78.69% of the state’s population receiving their first vaccination!

Wednesday’s figures show 48.42% of Victorians are double-dosed.

As the state reaches its magic 80% double-dose mark, Metro Melbourne residents will get to go outside to catch up with friends and do some of the outdoor activities they’ve gone without. Regional Victorians will be out of lockdown and looking forward to more easing of restrictions.

In its original Roadmap outline, the Melbourne government believed 80% of the population aged 12-plus would be vaccinated by early November.

The latest figures show the states are recording impressive increases in vaccinations, which means they are on track for their own “Freedom Days”.

And that also means our Disability Connection Expos in Melbourne and Sydney next year will be perfectly timed to take advantage of participants and NDIS providers fresh out of restrictions and chomping at the bit to get answers, solutions and service!

Figures from other states and territories as of Monday this week: Tasmania sits at 57.10% of the population older than 16 double dosed (75.42% first dose); Northern Territory 51.47% (65.46%); South Australia 48.38% (66.69%); Queensland at 45.60% (64.69%) and Western Australia at 45.27% (63.75%).

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the 80 per cent roadmap will also remove the limit of fully vaccinated guests for weddings and funerals, and remove customer caps for personal services such as hairdressers.

This roadmap may be fine-tuned by NSW Health as it monitors the COVID-19 situation over the coming weeks,but at the moment, from December 1, further changes will be introduced including all venues moving to the 2sqm rule, masks will not be required indoors at offices, indoor pools and nightclubs can reopen, and unvaccinated people will have greater freedoms.

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