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Number of jabs needed to hit next vax target

A record 1763 cases were recorded on Tuesday, the highest in Australia since the start of pandemic.Earlier this month Victoria smashed its 70 per cent first dose vaccine rate in a matter of weeks.Premier Daniel Andrews is confident the state is still on track towards its reopening date of October 26— the day Victoria is expected to achieve a 70 per cent double-dose vaccination rate.More freedoms could then be introduced when it reaches an 80 per cent vaccination rate, projected for November 5.Despite a national record of 1763 new infections on Tuesday, the Premier said the state could even be “ahead of schedule”. “We are on track to meet the targets, but I don’t want any sense of complacency to creep in,” he said.“We have to finish this and that means getting vaccinated. In any event, that’s not our only target (70 per cent) our other target is 80 per cent and other freedoms come with that.”“We’re doing everything that we can to try to be ahead of that curve but we have to rely on Victorians to come forward and get their first dose or second.”Restrictions are set to ease on October 26 and November 5, when the state is projected to hit both 70 per cent and 80 per cent vax targets in consecutive weeks. Here’s how we are tracking:Vaccinate target chartDAILY VACCINE TRACKERVictoria’s population (aged 16 and over) eligible for the vaccine sits at 5,407,574 — 70 per cent of which is 3,785,302 and 80 per cent is 4,326,059 people. National vaccine data, which takes in the number of Covid jabs at state-run and Commonwealth clinics, reveals that as of Tuesday: 4,451,382 people have received their first Covid jab 2,845,438 are fully vaccinated 939,864 doses are needed to hit 70 per cent fully vaccinated1,355,298 doses are needed to hit 80 per cent fully vaccinated 82.3 per cent of Victoria’s population have received their first dose, 52.6 per cent are fully vaccinatedNED-4588-VIC-road map-out-of-lockdown‘VACCINATED ECONOMY’ TRIALWhere: Bass Coast, Greater Bendigo, Pyrenees, Warrnambool, Buloke and East GippslandWhen: from October 11What: Approved businesses across hospitality, hairdressing, beauty services, tourism and events, such as race meetings, community celebrations and concerts, can have high patron numbersAnd then: Depending on the results of the trial, a second phase will test the eased restrictions to be introduced when Victoria hits 80 per cent double dosed before that threshold is reached Incoming Pfizer suppliesWHAT HAPPENS NEXT?Prime Minister Scott Morrison says states and territories will be able to move into a next stage when the national average for vaccinations — as well as that state or territory’s own average — meets the relevant vaccination threshold.

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