Published On: Mon, Jul 12th, 2021
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Australia Still Has a ‘Long Journey’ Before Reaching Herd Immunity: Experton July 12, 2021 at 5:22 am

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One of Australia’s leading medical research institutes specialising in COVID-19 has said the country still has a long way to go before achieving herd immunity. Modelling (pdf) from the Burnet Institute on the Victorian second wave suggested the vaccination threshold should be around 60-80 percent of the population, assuming the vaccines have 50 percent efficacy at preventing infection. However, according to statistics from Our World in Data, as of Monday only around 2.2 million Australians have been fully vaccinated, or 8.8 percent of the nation. The modelling report concluded that Australia is “unlikely to achieve herd immunity” due to the public’s low confidence in the vaccine and the emergence of new Covid strains, which are increasingly infectious. Although the federal government’s roadmap out of lockdown did not mention herd immunity, it also pointed to the possibility that the country will not open its borders until two-thirds of the population are vaccinated. Herd …

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