/Scott Morrison reveals exactly how many COVID-19 vaccinations are needed to end lockdowns and reopen Australia’s borders | 7NEWS

Scott Morrison reveals exactly how many COVID-19 vaccinations are needed to end lockdowns and reopen Australia’s borders | 7NEWS

National Cabinet has agreed to a roadmap that determines exactly how many vaccinations are needed to reopen Australia.

It earlier agreed to a four-phase plan that would end in a scenario where COVID is treated like the flu.

Now, state leaders and the PM have reconvened to put a number of vaccinations required to move from phase to phase.

For a state to move into the next phase, Morrison said on Friday, both the nation and the state would need to hit a vaccination benchmark.

Phase A is the stage Australia is currently in, where the primary goal is to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to those who want it.

Phase B

In Phase B, the key aim is to minimise serious illness, hospitalisation and fatality as a result of the virus.

Measures in this step include easing restrictions for vaccinated residents and locking down only in “extreme circumstances”.

Morrison said those vaccinated would not be subject to certain restrictions in the event of an outbreak under this phase, because they were less of a risk for illness and transmission.

To get to this phase, Morrison said, Australia requires 70 per cent of the population to be fully vaccinated.

Phase C

Phase C was earlier deemed the “consolidation phase” in which the goal is to manage COVID-19 consistent with public health management of other infectious diseases.

There would be no lockdowns under Phase C, vaccinated Australians would be exempt from domestic travel restrictions, there would be no cap on vaccinated returned travellers and student, economic and humanitarian visa holders would be allowed in in higher numbers.

Perhaps most notably, under Phase C, there would be no restriction on outbound travel for vaccinated people to “safe countries”, and travel bubbles for new candidate countries would be on the table.

To move from Phase B to C requires 80 per cent of the eligible population to be vaccinated.

Phase D

The fourth and final phase, Phase D, has not yet had a vaccine benchmark set for it.

That’s because, Morrison said, there were too many variables.

“There are too many unknowns before we can understand life as normal, but that’s certainly where we’re heading,” Morrison said.

“We haven’t put timelines on this because the timelines are now in the hands of all Australians together with state and territory governments and the federal government.”