CANBERRA: The Australian government has launched the next phase of their coronavirus vaccination campaign as the country continues to fight a third wave of Covid-19 infections.
Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday launched a new government campaign to promote vaccines.
The campaign, dubbed “spreading freedom,” emphasizes the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine as freedom of travel abroad and overseas, reminding people that with increasing vaccination they can return to normal and free lives.
As of Saturday, 86.6 percent of Australians have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine and 73.1 percent had been fully vaccinated.
Lieutenant General John Frewen, commander of the Covid-19 Taskforce, said Australia was on track to become one of the world’s most vaccinated countries.
“We now have enough vaccines distributed across the country to double the number of Australians who want to be vaccinated,” he told reporters in Canberra.
“If you want full protection before Christmas, you have to start now to get ahead of that first dose to make the whole process.”
Australia on Sunday reported that 2,240 19 local diseases and 15 deaths. Most of the new cases were in Victoria, the second most populous province in the country with Melbourne as the capital, where 1,935 cases were reported and 11 deaths were reported. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) recorded nine new cases on Sunday – the lowest prices every day since the end of September.