The race is on to get Australia to that magical 80 per cent vaccination rate. But some areas are streaking ahead – while others fall behind.
Authorities are forging ahead with plans to begin reopening the nation once 80 per cent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated.
In NSW, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has vowed to begin lifting restrictions once that goal is achieved, with the state’s so-called “Freedom Day” likely to be October 18.
In Victoria, Premier Daniel Andrews has also hinted that more freedoms are on the way for the double-vaxxed, as the state kicks off a vaccine blitz in a bid to reach its 70 per cent target.
This week, Mr Andrews also revealed that the state’s road map out of lockdown will be announced this coming Sunday.
But when it comes to the vaccination rate, it seems not all LGAs are kicking goals equally.
Why is it so important?
The vaccination rate is so crucial – and has become such a major focus of our leaders – because Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s four-step reopening plan, which was announced back in July off the back of Doherty Institute modelling, is dependent on the jab rate.
We’re in step one right now, which involves ramping up vaccinations and preparing for the future.
Step two kicks in when we hit a national double dose rate of 70 per cent, which will allow lockdowns to be heavily reduced, and will allow more returning travellers back in to the country.
At 80 per cent, fully vaccinated Aussies will no longer be subject to travel restrictions and lockdowns will become more or less a thing of the past.
The last stage will arrive once vaccine supplies are fully secure, and will mean we’re back to as close to pre-Covid life as possible, although booster shots and quarantining high-risk inbound travellers will likely remain on the table.
How is your area tracking?
So what does it all mean for your own area?
We have put together a series of graphics that show the vaccination rates across some of the nations biggest cities.
You can hover over your LGA to see how it’s tracking. We’ll show you the best and worst performing LGAs (at the time of publishing) in each map too.
Overview of Australia
So far, Sydney – which is in the midst of a brutal Delta outbreak and has suffered through a 12-week lockdown with no end yet in sight – is leading the way when it comes to vaccinations.
In three LGAs, more than 90 per cent of residents aged over 15 have received their first dose.
They include the Hills Shire on 93.30 per cent, Camden on 91.50 per cent and Ku-ring-gai on 90.60 per cent.
Outside of Sydney, Gilgandra is the only area to have reached that coveted number, with the LGA sitting at 90.4 per cent.
NSW is believed to have reached a momentous milestone as of Wednesday, with 80 per cent of the state receiving one dose.
It means the state is well on its way of meeting its 80 per cent double dose target within weeks.
So far, no LGAs in Melbourne have reached a 90 per cent first dose rate.
However, Bayside is leading the way on 80.70 per cent, followed by Greater Geelong on 76.10 per cent.
So far, the Southern Downs LGA is leading the way on 63.70 per cent, followed by the Brisbane LGA at 62.70 per cent, Redland on 60.80 per cent and the Sunshine Coast on 60.60 per cent.
The winner in Adelaide so far is Holdfast Bay with 72.60 per cent, followed by Walkerville on 72.20 per cent, the Adelaide Hills on 71.50 per cent and Mitcham on 71.80 per cent.
Originally published as Australia’s Covid-19 vaccination rates: How many people have the jab in your LGA