Residents of western Sydney in lockdown have helped Australia achieve an even bigger one-day vaccination surge than anything in the US or UK.
On August 24, a record 335,420 Australians were injected with AstraZeneca or Pfizer.
New South Wales hit the milestone of 6 million jabs a week earlier than forecast on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian pledging to lift some lockdown restrictions.
Australia’s largest state has now delivered 6.3 million doses.
Residents of western Sydney in lockdown have helped Australia achieve an even bigger one-day vaccination surge than anything in the US or UK. On August 24, a record 335,420 Australians were injected with AstraZeneca or Pfizer
How Australia beat the US and UK in vax stakes
AUSTRALI on August 24: 335,420 vaccinations among population of 25.7 million
UK on March 30: 844,285 vaccinations among population of 67.1 million for a per capita increase of 323,480
US on April 3: 4,081,959 vaccinations among population of 332.6 million for a per capita increase of 315,209
Sources: Population data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, UK Office for National Statistics and the United States Census Bureau
Of the 6.6 million people in NSW aged 16 and over, 62.8 percent have had one shot, while 33.8 percent have been fully vaccinated.
More than half, or 55.2 percent, of Australia’s 20.6 million working and adult populations have received one dose of which 32.3 percent have been fully vaccinated.
The double dose rate in Australia still lags behind the 51.9 percent level in the US, where the rates are much lower in the Deep South, and the 75 percent in the UK.
But in the past week, 1.9 million doses have been administered across Australia, bringing the total to 18 million vaccinations.
On a per capita basis adjusted for population, the one-day increase in the number of people vaccinated in Australia, from 335,420 on Tuesday, was greater than any daily increase seen in the US or UK this year.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office has emphasized that on a total population basis, rather than the eligible vaccination program, Australia has achieved a faster daily increase than the other English-speaking powers.
On the UK’s record day, on 20 March 2021, 844,285 were vaccinated among a total population of 67.1 million where Covid shots are available to people aged 16 and over.
Adjusted for the total population of 25.7 million in Australia, that was the equivalent of 323,480 doses.
Hot spots in western Sydney have seen a dramatic increase in vaccinations: 69 percent of people in Blacktown now received their first dose on Aug. 23, up from 59 percent a week earlier (pictured is a nurse outside Blacktown Hospital)
On the biggest day in the United States, 4,081,959 were vaccinated on April 3, 2021 in a country where the vaccine is administered to people 12 years and older.
Adjusted for the US population of 332.6 million people, that was the equivalent of 315,209 doses.
Like the US, Australia will now administer Pfizer for 12 to 15 year olds.
Hot spots in western Sydney have seen a dramatic increase in vaccinations, with 69 percent of people in Blacktown now receiving their first dose on August 23, up from 59 percent a week earlier.
Greenacre, a suburb of concern, has seen 59 percent receive a first dose, versus 49 percent.
A similar pattern was observed in Merrylands, another suburb with high numbers of cases.
In Merrylands, a worrying suburb, 59 percent received a first dose, versus 49 percent
In neighboring Guildford, another Covid hotspot, 49 percent of people have been vaccinated, versus 39 percent, but only 19 percent have had two doses.
NSW announced 882 new daily cases and two deaths on Friday.
Ms Berejiklian has indicated that the stricter lockdown could end in October once 70 percent of the workforce and adult population are fully vaccinated.
The Liberal leader has discussed the Doherty Institute’s modeling in which he recommends ending standard lockdowns, arguing that the state would be given a “safe opening at the right time.”
Sydney has been on lockdown since June 26, while regional areas of NSW, outside hot spots in the west of the state, will live under strict restrictions until September 10.