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ACT records 15 new COVID-19 cases, hits vaccine milestone

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As of today, 75 per cent of the territory’s adult population have received their first vaccination – the most of any area of Australia.

The Australian Capital Territory has recorded 15 new local cases of COVID-19 in the last day, 14 of whom are linked to an existing case or cluster.

More than 3200 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours and as of today, 75 per cent of the population aged of 16 and over have received their first dose of a vaccine.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said that the fact the majority of today's new cases are linked is "excellent news".

One still remains under early investigation, he said.

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"Nine of the 15 were in quarantine during the entire infectious period, which is another good sign, and six have spent part of the infectious period in the community," Mr Barr said.

There are currently 16 people being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, three of whom are in intensive care, one requires ventilation.

Mr Barr said that the majority of the new Pfizer doses that are coming to the ACT that as part of the UK deal are going to be directed to local GPs.

"This could be as many as 60,000 new booking opportunities," he said.

"It has also been reported this morning that 10 million Moderna vaccines will arrive in Australia in the coming months with the first shipments coming later this week.

"Now, on the presumption that we would receive our population share of that anticipated 10 million additional supply, that is about 167,000 doses for the ACT.

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"These Moderna vaccines, we understand, will be available through pharmacists, so what this means is that those who have bookings in October or November may in fact be able to get there Pfizer or Moderna vaccine even sooner through GP networks or pharmacies."

Across the ACT, 95 per cent of residents aged 60 years and over have now received at least one dose of the vaccine - another national first.

"More than 50 per cent of Canberrans aged between 15 and 29 and 30 per cent of 16 to 19-year-olds have now received their first dose of the vaccine," Mr Barr said.

"So there is every indication that younger Canberrans will follow the same path as their older cohorts in getting vaccinated and we have no doubts about vaccine hesitancy in the ACT, we are seeing such strong levels of bookings."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-update-act-15-new-local-cases-recorded/5d0399f4-3051-48cb-b266-e4b02f7e2b41

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