‘Uncharted territory’ - few countries have hit 80% Covid vaccination target Australia has set to ease restrictions

by Josh Nicholas

12 August 2021

After the “low hanging fruit” of those with pre-existing conditions, work requirements and other reasons for being prioritised, experts say it’s hard to gauge what the barriers might be to vaccinate 80% of the Australian population aged 16 and over.

On top of logistical challenges, some may not perceive themselves to be at risk of Covid, don’t trust the process or have other objections. Many of the people who need to be vaccinated might never have been vaccinated as adults. There have been few such large-scale vaccination drives aimed at adults.

“Going into this pandemic we were already facing challenges in understanding adult vaccination,” Associate Prof Holly Seale from UNSW said.

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