‘Vax and relax’: Isla Fisher receives her Covid-19 shot as vaccination rates across Sydney soar to combat the city’s Delta variant outbreak
Isla Fisher has become the latest celebrity to get her Covid-19 vaccination.
The Hollywood actress, 45, shared a photo to Instagram on Monday of herself getting the jab in Sydney, as the locked-down city struggles with an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Showing how easy the process is, the Wedding Crashers star smiled underneath her mask and simply captioned her post: ‘Vax and relax.’
‘Vax and relax’: Isla Fisher has become the latest celebrity to get her Covid-19 vaccination
She joins the likes of Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe, comedian Andy Lee and radio host Kyle Sandilands, who have all been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Sydneysiders, including Isla and her husband Sacha Baron Cohen, are entering their sixth gruelling week of lockdown after New South Wales recorded 239 locally acquired cases on Sunday.
But Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who extended stay-at-home orders to at least August 28 as the latest outbreak rose to 3,427 infections, said her government had a plan to ‘break records’ as it ramped up its immunisation campaign.
Vaxxed: Sydneysiders, including Isla and her husband Sacha Baron Cohen (left), are entering their sixth week of Covid lockdown after NSW recorded 239 locally acquired cases on Sunday
‘Once you get to 50 per cent vaccination, 60 per cent, 70 per cent, that triggers more freedoms. We can turn this around in four weeks,’ she said on Sunday.
‘We have the month of August to get the vaccination rates as high as possible. Let August be the month where we break records with the vaccination.’
NSW’s vaccination rate sits at about 15 per cent for those who have received both jabs and 32 per cent have received only one dose.
But with 82,000 doses distributed in 24 hours and 4.5 million more Pfizer jabs to be delivered to Australia in August, federal health officials are confident NSW could carry out about 650,000 vaccinations a week.
At that rate, NSW could hit its target of 70 per cent coverage by early September.
Australian adults are also able to book an AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine within days, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying he his hopeful the 70 per cent rate will be achieved before the end of the year as thousands of young people come forward to get AZ.
‘What we’re seeing in New South Wales now is AstraZeneca dosage rates amongst 16 to 39 year olds just rapidly escalate,’ he said on Monday.
Moving forward: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who extended stay-at-home orders to at least August 28 as the latest outbreak rose to 3,427 infections, said her government had a plan to ‘break records’ as it ramped up its immunisation campaign
‘We’ve seen our vaccination rates on double dose now more than double in the last month. I mean, in July we were up some 4.5 million vaccines in the month,’ Mr Morrison said.
In April the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) said the AstraZeneca jab was only recommended for over 50s because of a low risk of blood clots in younger people.
In June the body increased the minimum recommend age to 60, denting confidence and delaying the jab rollout by two months as the government scrambled to get more Pfizer into the country.
Then in July as Sydney’s outbreak worsened, ATAGI said all over 18s should consider getting the vaccine because the risk of catching Covid had increased, a move which has allowed the rollout to rapidly ramp up.
Children aged 12 to 17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.
Mr Morrison said: ‘We had those early problems, we’ve got on top of them, we’ve turned it around and we’ve got our gold medal run till the end of the year to get this done.’
Increase: ‘What we’re seeing in New South Wales now is AstraZeneca dosage rates amongst 16 to 39 year olds just rapidly escalate,’ Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday
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