Australia’s vaccine rollout continues to take larger strides with more than 18.9 million doses administered since February.
More than a third of eligible Australians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 57.5 per cent have received one dose.
As Australia inches closer towards the 70 and 80 per cent benchmarks set by the Doherty Institute in the national roadmap out of COVID-19, attention has turned towards some of the country’s major events.
Mr Andrews said discussions were ongoing with regard to the Melbourne Grand Prix potentially being hosted in April next year but flagged the potential for certain activities being limited to fully vaccinated Australians.
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The Premier said while high vaccination levels were not “absolute” it did mean the state could manage its health system
“All of our freedoms and a sense of normality are predicated on getting people through the vaccination program, which is why no-one should be hesitant, they are safe, they work, they save lives and allow us to open up,” he said.
“I think that a restaurant or a major event that is only attended by people that are double vaccinated is always going to be a safer event and will contribute less to people being in hospital.
“The time is coming where your vaccination status will matter.”
National Cabinet has directed Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory to explore the possibility of giving greater freedoms to the vaccinated population once the country hits 70 per cent.
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Airlines across the globe have already flagged they will mandate their passengers being fully vaccinated before boarding flights.
Mr Andrews said Australians should prepare to not travel if they choose not to get vaccinated.
“Anyone who thinks they will be travelling around the world without having been vaccinated, your vaccination status is going to be a thing, you are not getting a visa unless you have been double dosed,” he said.
“Whether people like that or it’s a terrible attack on the civil liberties, people die when they get this so there are limits.
“Choices are made that are not your choices in many ways, I mean that in the absolute literal sense. They’re choices that affect you yes, they’re made by you, but they affect so many others.”

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