Covid-19 Australia: Overseas travel off the table until 80 percent vaccinated, even if NSW continues
How Sydneysiders are stuck in NSW for MONTHS and certainly will NOT be able to travel abroad until states including WA and Queensland have achieved 80 percent vaccination
- Overseas travel will be allowed if 80 percent of the country is vaccinated
- Promise comes despite some states being ahead of others in Covid jab rates
- ACT, Tasmania reaches 80 percent on October 27 and NSW on November 5
- Queensland is not expected to reach the target until December 10
NSW residents are only allowed to travel abroad if 80 percent of the entire country is vaccinated, even if the state reaches its own target months in advance.
Federal Commerce and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan has insisted that both state and national averages must reach the milestone before the country reopens.
This is a blow to several states, such as NSW, which are ahead of national vaccination coverage and are expected to meet their 80 percent target by the end of October.
Other states, such as Queensland, have lagged behind their rollouts and the target is not expected to be reached until December.
NSW residents will only be allowed to travel abroad if 80 percent of the entire country is vaccinated, even if the state reaches its own target months in advance
It comes as a blow to several states, such as NSW, which are ahead of national vaccination coverage and are expected to hit their target as early as the end of October.
Tasmania leads the way with 40.62 percent of the population already fully vaccinated. The figure pushes the state ahead of the national average of 33.9 percent.
Tasmania is expected to have fully vaccinated 80 percent of the population by October 27.
The ACT is expected to reach the milestone at the same time with 40.44 percent of residents already having a double shot.
NSW is next in line with the state on track to hit 80 percent less than a week later on Nov. 5, but will likely be up to two weeks earlier.
About 35.43 percent of the state is fully vaccinated.
Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory are the three slowest states to vaccinate their residents.
Western Australia will not reach its 80 percent vaccination coverage until November 21, the NT on November 26 and Queensland on December 10.
The slow adoption of vaccinations has prompted MPs to ensure their states reopen earlier than others.
The Liberal MP for Mackellar’s Northern Beaches Jason Falinski argued that it was unfair to expect NSW to wait for slowpoke states.
“If you do anything else you would be punishing the people of NSW,” he said. “We’ve done so much of the heavy lifting.”
Federal Commerce and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan has urged both state and national averages to reach the milestone before the country reopens
Vaccination Rates by State
Federal Commerce and Tourism Secretary Dan Tehan has insisted that both the state and national averages must reach 80 percent vaccination rates before the country reopens.
It comes as a blow to several states, such as NSW, which are ahead of the national vaccination rate of 33.9 percent.
Below is a list of the states and the percentage of residents (aged 16 and older) who have been fully stung:
ACTION: 44.4 percent
When states are expected to reach the 70 percent target:
BAG: October 12
ACT: October 12
NSW: October 20
SA: November 2
VIC: November 2
NT: November 5
WA: November 4
QLD: November 11
When states are expected to reach the 80 percent target:
BAG: October 27
ACT: October 27
NSW: November 5
SA: 19 November
VIC: Nov 19
WA: November 21
EN: 26 November
QLD: December 10
“What you’re saying is that even if we get to 80 percent, we won’t have the full rights and freedoms we deserve because other state governments haven’t done the heavy lifting and evaded their responsibilities to the rest of the nation? That is not true.’
The Liberal MP for Wentworth, Dave Sharma, joined the chorus and called for the lifting of travel restrictions on some states sooner.
“I’d prefer not to see Australia with two speeds, but if other states want a more cautious approach, I don’t see why NSW should be held back by that,” he said.
Mr Tehan stood by his decision, insisting that the country must meet the 80 percent target before considering reopening.
“The Commonwealth government wants all states and territories to adhere to the national plan as we will adhere to it,” he said.
He confirmed that a travel bubble will develop between Australia and Singapore and flights are expected to resume by the end of the year.
“We will try to build and expand the bubbles in line with the national plan once we reach that 80 percent.”
Slow adoption of vaccinations has prompted MPs to ensure their states reopen earlier than others