Victoria misses 80 per cent vaccination target forecast for Sunday

Jack PaynterNCA NewsWire
Victoria missed its 80 per cent first dose target that was expected to be hit on Sunday. NCA NewsWire / James Gourley
Camera IconVictoria missed its 80 per cent first dose target that was expected to be hit on Sunday. NCA NewsWire / James Gourley Credit: News Corp Australia

Victoria has missed its second vaccination target after the state failed to reach the 80 per cent first doses milestone on Sunday.

Under Victoria’s road map out of lockdown, announced by Premier Daniel Andrews earlier this month, the state was predicted to reach 80 per cent of the population aged 16 and older with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Sunday.

But Mr Andrews revealed that milestone was now due to be reached on Tuesday.

It’s meant that a number of extra freedoms for Victorians has been delayed by at least two days.

From Tuesday under a “modest easing” of restrictions Victorians in lockdown will be able to play golf or tennis again, and go fishing and boating, along with other contactless outdoor recreation activities.

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Camera IconMelburnians will be able to enjoy more freedoms from Wednesday. NCA NewsWire / Paul Jeffers Credit: News Corp Australia

People in metropolitan Melbourne and regional areas in lockdown can also gather outdoors in groups of up to five adults from two households, if all adults are fully vaccinated.

The travel limit will also be expanded to 15km for exercising and shopping.

Personal training can take place with five fully vaccinated people outside plus a fully vaccinated trainer, while the additional restrictions on playgrounds will be lifted with normal gathering limits to apply and masks able to be removed to eat and drink at a playground.

In regional Victorian areas not in lockdown outdoor settings for restaurants and cafes will have their outdoor venue cap increase from 20 to 30 people.

Masks can also be removed in hair and beauty salons so facials and beard trimmings can recommence.

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Camera IconPremier Daniel Andrews says hitting the 80 per cent target is a fantastic achievement. NCA NewsWire / Paul Jeffers Credit: News Corp Australia

Despite the delay in reaching the target, Mr Andrews said it was a “fantastic achievement” for Victorians to hit the first stop on the road map.

“We need to keep the momentum going, today is the day to book that vaccination appointment,” he said.

Professor Catherine Bennett, Chair of Epidemiology at Deakin University, told The Today Show that hitting the vaccination targets was critical.

“It does actually give us that level of protection that we need but also gives us those extra freedoms that we know now are coming to those particular vaccination levels,” she said.

The next road map milestone for Victoria will be on October 5 when onsite learning resumes at school.

Victoria is forecast to hit its 70 per cent double dose target on October 26 which is when the lockdown will be lifted in Melbourne.

jack.paynter@news.com.au

Originally published as Victoria misses 80 per cent vaccination target forecast for Sunday

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