Scott Morrison says we could be restriction free by Christmas

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Australians could be free of restrictions at Christmas if the Prime Minister’s new vaccine target can be reached.

Scott Morrison on Wednesday declared lockdowns would likely “become a thing of the past” by Christmas.

“With what we are seeing, bar any unforeseen events, then I believe by the end of the year we will be in that position,” he said.

“What we are seeing overseas is when countries do reach that much higher vaccination rate … lockdowns become a thing of the past when you are at that level.

“We have a plan for that, we are setting the target scientifically, combined with the economic advice as well, and that gets us a road map to Christmas, I think, which means we will be living life differently at Christmas than we are now.”

The Doherty Institute had been tasked with modelling what would occur when a certain percentage of the population is vaccinated, and what impact further outbreaks would have on the health system at that rate.

Mr Morrison said that modelling was now being “brought together” with Treasury figures and confirmed the modelling would be released to national cabinet on Friday.

“It has been brought together now with the Treasury modelling, that process is happening right now,” he said.

“I don’t want to say that will be resolved on Friday. It will be our first discussion, I suspect many more will be required after that, and I hope we will be able to set those targets and give more definition to phase two and phase three in that time.”

Mr Morrison’s comments follow another record day of vaccinations, according to new Department of Health figures.

An additional 196,982 people rolled up their sleeves to receive the jab yesterday, bringing the national total up to 11.59 million doses.

In the past seven days, 1.12 million doses have been administered, with 38.92 per cent of adults over 16 having received at least one dose.

The rate of adults over 16 fully vaccinated now sits at 17.19 per cent.

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