All Australians above the age of 16 will soon be able to get the Pfizer vaccine as Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that the vaccine priority list will open up to younger people in under two weeks.
All Australians aged 16-39 will be able to book in for their jab of choice on August 30.
Bookings are not yet available but are expected to come online next week.
“The cabinet met today to affirm that we will be moving to opening up 16 to 39-year-olds for the balance of the program,” Mr Morrison said.
“I want to stress, do not make a booking yet. We will advise when bookings can be made. It isn’t today.”
Morrison has also said that the government is waiting for further advice from the ATAGI on vaccinating children aged 12 to 15.
“I want to assure parents, in particular, vaccinating children is something we take really seriously and we do it very carefully,” he said.
“We are making sure that we have the right advice and we can put the right plans in place and move on those vaccinations in the safest and most effective way possible.”
It is thought that the government has brought forward the vaccine rollout for younger people in response to the growing Delta outbreak that appears to be infecting young and old alike.
Until now, people under the age of 60 have only been able to access the AstraZeneca vaccine, with many of them choosing to wait until other vaccines are available.
Australia has currently vaccinated half the population with at least one jab, while 30% of the country are fully vaccinated.
As the vaccination rate increases, Australians are set to be granted more freedoms in the coming months.