Australia passes 90% single-dose rate as TGA works to approve childhood vaccinations

By Jackson Graham

November 12, 2021

Scott Morrison
Former prime minister Scott Morrison. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Australia has passed the 90% hurdle for people receiving one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, with all states and territories expected to reach 80% double-dose targets this year, the prime minister says. 

“We are going to have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world,” Morrison said on Friday morning. 

He said it came with having one of the best records in the world for saving lives, estimating more than 30,000 people had been saved from dying from coronavirus. 

Currently, nearly 82% of people aged over 16 have had two doses of vaccinations, with WA, the Northern Territory and Queensland edging towards the 70% double-dose mark and South Australia at 72%. 

Morrison said he was expecting to see all jurisdictions to be above the 80% double-dose rates by the end of the year. 

Health minister Greg Hunt said the Therapeutic Goods Administration was entering an assessment process for the Moderna vaccine for six to 11-year-olds, after approving it for a fast-tracked process. 

Pfizer also submitted data to the TGA last month for its use in five to 11-year-olds, who have been granted emergency approval for inoculation in the US — the only country to have the given approval for children. 

Hunt said the rapid assessment of Moderna could potentially put two vaccines into circulation for primary school aged children if Pfizer was also approved. 

“My expectation is that we will have childhood vaccination in Australia. But it’s been very clear from the medical authorities that they want to see a full assessment,” he said. 

“They do not want to cut corners on children’s safety. And I endorse that approach.” 

He said consideration for the use of Moderna for booster vaccinations for adults was also well under way. 


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