COVID-19

State considers vaccine ‘freedom’ pass

When questioned about the possibility, Daniel Andrews said there was “genuine interest” in the idea.But he warned no coronavirus vaccine developed anywhere in the world completely prevented people from contracting the virus. “They all reduce the likelihood of that, but you’re not 100 per cent protected from getting it or giving it to others,” Mr Andrews said. The Premier said more people needed to be vaccinated before authorities considered granting more freedoms to those who had been inoculated with both jabs. “Once we’ve got many, many more people with the jab we can then have a discussion about what that might mean for them — freedom of movement, changes that deal with some of the risks we face,” Mr Andrews said. “I wish we were vaccinating millions of people every week right now. I don’t do the ordering, I don’t do the purchasing – that’s the commonwealth.”The rollout has administered 10.1 million doses so far, with about 10.9 per cent of the eligible population aged over 16 fully vaccinated with two doses.The commonwealth’s original long-term target, to fully vaccinate all 20 million adults by the end of October suffered a major setback after official medical advice recommended against the use of the AstraZeneca jab for people under the age of 50 because of concerns about a rare blood clotting disease.Instead, the government was looking towards a “scientific number” of vaccination rates, not a ”political number or arbitrary number” towards the end of the year.Almost 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived in Australia on Monday night.National Covid vaccine taskforce co-ordinator Lieutenant General John Frewen said he was hopeful the latest arrival of vaccines would speed up the country’s rollout.The doses were unloaded at the DHL depot at Perth International Airport on Sunday night after arriving on a flight from Singapore.More than 800,000 were landing in Sydney and almost 100,000 in Melbourne, as both NSW and Victoria grappled with serious coronavirus outbreaks.

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