PM officially divides nation between vaccinated and unvaccinated, with restrictions to remain
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced special rules for those vaccinated, with unvaccinated Australians to suffer restrictions until jabbed.
In Friday's press conference, Mr Morrison stated 70 per cent of Australian adults must be vaccinated twice with restrictions easing only for people who were fully vaccinated because they were 'less of a public health risk'.
Mr Morrison further alleged international border rules will be loosened to allow more people to come home.
He said upon 80 per cent of adults being jabbed, major cities would be reopened but only for those vaccinated.
At this time, international travel restrictions would be eased, yet only vaccinated travellers would be allowed to leave the country.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) announced a four phase plan for COVID-19 at Friday’s national cabinet meeting, including an 80 per cent vaccination rate before restrictions would ease
Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed the decisions made by the national cabinet were based on science from the Doherty Institute with economic advice from the treasury.
'So if you get vaccinated, there will be special rules that apply to you. Why? Because if you’re vaccinated, you present less of a public health risk. You are less likely to get the virus. You are less likely to transmit it,' Mr Morrison said.
Regardless of countless international examples and statistics showing lock-downs don't work, Mr Morrison said lockdowns would continue.
Mr Morrison stated there was a national plan for individual states to reach a target, alongside an overarching national target, claiming the Delta variant required necessary and stringent lockdowns to deal with outbreaks.
'I can tell you there is no state or jurisdiction in the country that wants to apply a lockdown or hold Australians back,' he said.
University of Melbourne professor of epidemiology, Tony Blakely disagreed with the PM saying Australia would need 90 per cent of the population to be vaccinated before restrictions would ease
The Prime Minister's plan includes four phases: suppression, transition, consolidation and the final phase.
Australia is currently in the 'suppression phase' where the goal is to minimise serious illness, hospitalisation and deaths from COVID-19, moving into the transition phase once a 70 per cent target is reached.
Despite the CDC currently investigating serious health issues around the AstraZenica vaccine, Mr Morrison says he is pleased with the number of Australians vaccinated with the trial drug, 'If you want to get vaccinated, the AZ vaccine is there for you, it is a highly effective vaccine, as we’ve seen all around the world'.
The Prime Minister defended members of parliament in respect to the handling of COVID-19 so far saying they didn't have 'perfect hindsight'.
'People were acting on the information they had. No one has perfect hindsight over these issues and the Delta strain is a strain that we’ve sought to understand and learn and react to and respond to,' he said.
'We’ve all humbly learned from these things, and then we make the adjustments and get on with it'.
Federal Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski, appeared on ABC News stating the government will be offering incentives and gimmicks to get more people vaccinated
University of Melbourne professor of epidemiology, Tony Blakely, agreed with the national cabinets plan, yet stated he believed much of the restrictions should remain in place.
Professor Blakely said the plan was 'the right answer to the wrong question' because governments would have to offer vaccines to everyone, including children, and adjust their settings in light of the ongoing outcomes.
Mr Blakely said new variants and further outbreaks would mean that no vaccination rate was likely to never allow Australia to open again without restriction.
'We talk about opening the borders but it won’t be to all countries all of the time'. he said.
Professor Blakely disagreed with Mr Morrisons 80 per cent vaccination 'open rate' saying Australia would need 90 per cent of the population to be vaccinated.
MP, Jason Falinski, displays a book called The Rabbit Listened in the window of his offices