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Western Sydney residents in lockdown have helped Australia achieve an even bigger one-day vaccination surge than anything seen in the US or the UK.

On August 24, a record 335,420 Australians were injected with either AstraZeneca or Pfizer.

New South Wales on Tuesday reached the 6million jabs milestone a week earlier than forecast, which saw Premier Gladys Berejiklian promise an unwinding of some lockdown restrictions.

In Australia’s biggest state, 6.3million doses have now been administered.

Western Sydney residents in lockdown have helped Australia achieve an even bigger one-day vaccination surge than anything seen in the US or the UK. On August 24, a record 335,420 Australians were injected with either AstraZeneca or Pfizer

Western Sydney residents in lockdown have helped Australia achieve an even bigger one-day vaccination surge than anything seen in the US or the UK. On August 24, a record 335,420 Australians were injected with either AstraZeneca or Pfizer

Western Sydney residents in lockdown have helped Australia achieve an even bigger one-day vaccination surge than anything seen in the US or the UK. On August 24, a record 335,420 Australians were injected with either AstraZeneca or Pfizer

How Australia beat the US, UK in vax stakes

AUSTRALIA on August 24: 335,420 vaccinations among population of 25.7million

UK on March 30: 844,285 vaccinations among population of 67.1million for a per capita increase of 323,480

US on April 3: 4,081,959 vaccinations among population of 332.6million for a per capita increase of 315,209

Sources: Population data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, UK Office for National Statistics and the United States Census Bureau 

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Among the 6.6million people in NSW aged 16 and over, 62.8 per cent have had one jab while 33.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

More than half, or 55.2 per cent, of Australia’s 20.6million working age and adult population, has had one dose with 32.3 per cent fully vaccinated. 

Australia’s double dose rate still lags behind the 51.9 per cent level in the US, where rates are much lower in the Deep South, and the 75 per cent tally in the UK.  

But during the past week, 1.9million doses were administered across Australia, taking the total to 18million vaccinations. 

On a per capita basis, adjusted for population, Australia’s one-day increase in the number of people getting vaccinated, of 335,420 on Tuesday, was bigger than any daily surge seen this year in the US or the UK.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office has highlighted that based on total population, instead of the eligible vaccination program, Australia has achieved a faster daily increase than the other English-speaking powers. 

The UK’s record day saw 844,285 get vaccinated on March 20, 2021 among a total population of 67.1million where Covid jabs are available for those aged 16 and over.

If adjusted for Australia’s overall population of 25.7million, that was the equivalent of 323,480 doses. 

Hotspots in western Sydney have seen a dramatic surge in vaccinations with 69 per cent of people in Blacktown now having received a first dose as of August 23, up from 59 per cent a week earlier  (pictured is a nurse outside Blacktown Hospital)

Hotspots in western Sydney have seen a dramatic surge in vaccinations with 69 per cent of people in Blacktown now having received a first dose as of August 23, up from 59 per cent a week earlier  (pictured is a nurse outside Blacktown Hospital)

Hotspots in western Sydney have seen a dramatic surge in vaccinations with 69 per cent of people in Blacktown now having received a first dose as of August 23, up from 59 per cent a week earlier  (pictured is a nurse outside Blacktown Hospital)

The biggest day in the United States saw 4,081,959 get vaccinated on April 3, 2021 in a nation where the vaccine is being administered for those aged 12 and over.

Adjusted for the American population of 332.6million people, that was the equivalent of 315,209 doses.

Like the US, Australia will now be administering Pfizer for those aged 12 to 15.

Hotspots in western Sydney have seen a dramatic surge in vaccinations with 69 per cent of people in Blacktown now having received a first dose as of August 23, up from 59 per cent a week earlier. 

Greenacre, a suburb of concern, has seen 59 per cent receive a first dose, up from 49 per cent. 

A similar pattern was observed in Merrylands, another suburb with high case numbers. 

Merrylands, a suburb of concern, has seen 59 per cent receive a first dose, up from 49 per cent

Merrylands, a suburb of concern, has seen 59 per cent receive a first dose, up from 49 per cent

Merrylands, a suburb of concern, has seen 59 per cent receive a first dose, up from 49 per cent

In neighbouring Guildford, another Covid hotspot, 49 per cent of people were vaccinated, up from 39 per cent, but only 19 per cent have had two doses.

NSW on Friday announced 882 new daily cases and two deaths. 

Ms Berejiklian has indicated the harsher lockdown could end in October once 70 per cent of the working-age and adult population was fully vaccinated.

The Liberal leader has talked up Doherty Institute modelling recommending an end to default lockdowns, arguing it would see the state have a ‘safe opening up at the right time’. 

Sydney has been in lockdown since June 26 while regional areas of NSW, outside hotspots in the state’s west, will be living under the tight restrictions until September 10. 

Source: Daily Mail

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