The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has written an open letter to National Cabinet urging it to develop vaccination targets that are specific to population groups and locations.
ACOSS says National Cabinet must set specific vaccination targets for high-risk groups to ensure vulnerable people are not left dangerously exposed to COVID-19 once the nation reopens.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is encouraging state and territory governments to begin opening up the country once COVID vaccination rates hit 70 per cent or 80 per cent of the eligible population.
Under a National Cabinet plan agreed to by state and territory leaders, lockdowns would be ‘unlikely’ when 70 per cent of the adult population is vaccinated, while only ‘highly targeted lock downs’ would be enforced once the rate hits 80 per cent.
But the high case numbers in New South Wales has led some premiers to question the re-opening targets. The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is also expressing concerns about the plan.
The community-sector news site, Probono has an article on the issue.