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New South Wales in Australia on Track to Hit 80 Percent Single-Dose Target

New South Wales (NSW) is likely to achieve 80 percent first-dose COVID-19 vaccination coverage in people 16 and older on Wednesday as authorities try to stem the spread of the virus in the Illawarra. Some 79.5 percent of the over-16 population in NSW had come forward to get at least one jab by Tuesday, and 47.5 percent were fully vaccinated. Under the NSW government’s roadmap, vaccinated people will be released from lockdown when the state reaches 70 percent double-dose coverage. this is expected to occur in about a month. More changes will then be triggered at 80 percent, including international travel and large events. Meanwhile, Australian Defence Force personnel have joined NSW Police in the Illawarra region to help with COVID-19 welfare and compliance checks as cases of the virus increase. Soldiers are already helping police patrol 12 Sydney local government areas considered hotspots. Health authorities became concerned in the …

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