Australians could see restrictions eased around the country sooner than expected if stunning vaccination rates amongst children continue.
The age group wasn't counted in the Doherty Institute modelling which was used in drawing up state roadmaps out of lockdown.
Australians could see restrictions eased around the country sooner than expected if promising vaccination rates amongst children continue
In less than a month 49 per cent of all 12-15 year olds - over 600,000 youths - have received at least one dose of either Moderna or Pfizer
The lockdown exit plans for both NSW and Victoria nominate 70 per cent of over-16s being double vaccinated as the trigger to re-open pubs, restaurants, retail, beauty salon, community sport, gyms and swimming pools.
More restrictions are set to be eased once 80 per cent of people are double vaccinated.
Government figures up to October 7 showed 609,279 Australians aged between 12 and 15 have received at least one dose.
On current rates, the adolescents are on track to overtake adult vaccination rates this year.
'I’m greatly encouraged by the fast uptake of vaccination amongst 12-15-years-olds,' said Lieutenant General Frewen, Coordinator General National COVID Vaccine Rollout Taskforce.
'We are nearly at 50 per cent nationally and look forward to all youths coming forward to get a jab.'
Currently 81 per cent of all Australians have had at least one dose and 59 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Influential modelling that informed Victorian and NSW plans to exit lockdown with 70 per cent of the public fully vaccinated did not account for the inoculation of under-16s
Families have responded to the request to get under-16s vaccinated and soon children aged 5-11 and even younger could be vaccinated against Covid-19
By far the strongest take-up by families has been in the ACT where 84 per cent of 12-15 year olds have had at least one jab.
In NSW 65 per cent of 12-15s have had one dose, while in Victoria the figure is 61 per cent.
The unexpectedly fast first-dose take-up by 12-15s