One million Victorians were fully vaccinated with the door opened for tens of thousands more

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Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said he wants more Victorians to be at least partially vaccinated.credit:Eddie Jim

“We have watched the epidemiological situation in Australia with him. It is clearly shifting. There is a huge risk coming from NSW; Queensland is facing exactly that threat,” he said, adding that a planned increase in Pfizer supplies in September gave him more confidence to make the change in Meanwhile.

The switch replicates an approach used in Canada with Pfizer and primarily the UK with the AstraZeneca vaccine to “front load” on first doses, which for Pfizer is 50 to 90 percent effective at preventing infection, according to early research.

The figure of one million people fully vaccinated in Victoria, which was confirmed in federal data on Saturday, represents about 19 percent of the state’s adult population. This achievement was due to happen months ago within the framework of the initial goals of the federal government.

The exhibition building of the Royal Vaccination Center in Carleton on Saturday.

The exhibition building of the Royal Vaccination Center in Carleton on Saturday.credit:Louis Asquiy

Abi Gebeho got his second vaccination on Saturday as Victoria celebrated the full immunization of one million people.

“I’m really lucky to have a second jab,” he said.

“Now I feel completely protected from this virus… It really makes me feel part of this great achievement.”

About 40 percent of the adult population in Victoria received at least one dose, just over half the dose The 70 per cent full vaccination target that Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled on Friday For states and territories to move to “Phase B” of the country’s recovery plan.

Victoria, along with Tasmania and the Northern Territory, will lead a subgroup of the National Cabinet that will make proposals on the freedoms Australians will be allowed to enjoy regardless of potential Phase B shutdowns.

Professor Sutton suggested that greater opportunities to travel and attend events are possible, but the issue “needs to be resolved”.

Nancy Baxter, chair of the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health, suggested greater freedoms could extend from unrestricted domestic travel to being allowed to attend places like the cinema.

She cautioned, however, that it likely won’t be a one-size-fits-all approach, and liberties will depend on variables and the number of cases at the time.

“In a place with low numbers of COVID, you may be able to loosen some restrictions. If you look at Sydney right now, there is still a risk of fully vaccinated people contracting and transmitting Delta strain, which is not something you want to encourage.”

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