Australia has released Covid-19 vaccination to children up to the age of 12 as they are competing to inoculate the population in the outbreak of the Delta subspecies.
Children aged 12 to 15 began vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Monday. Booking a Moderna vaccine can be booked now in a session starting next week.
Australia’s vaccine campaign is accelerating after a downturn in the first few months. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last week that millions of doses ordered earlier this year had arrived and that by mid-October there would be enough supplies to vaccinate all eligible individuals. Stated.
According to the Oxford University Our World in Data project, 55% of the 26 million population is currently vaccinated at least once and 34% are fully vaccinated. The number of new cases increased by 36% over the past two weeks to 1,493 cases, based on a 7-day average.
Australia also received its first shipment of the Moderna vaccine this week, with a total of 11 million doses expected by the end of the year. The government has also signed agreements to exchange vaccines with other countries. This will allow 500,000 Pfizer shots from Singapore and 4 million from the UK. In return, Australia has promised to ship the same number of doses to both countries later this year.
Fully vaccinated people living in Sydney, the epicenter of the Delta outbreak in Australia, had some restrictions lifted on Monday. People living outside the 12 “concerned” government areas are currently allowed to have an outdoor picnic with up to four other people.
Schools in Sydney will reopen on October 25, but pubs and gyms will open in mid-October, when the state will fully vaccinate 70% of the population.