More Australian children are immunised than ever before, which the government says is a “pleasing” sign of vaccine confidence amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some 95.22 per cent of five-year-olds are immunised, Health Minister Greg Hunt revealed on Sunday.
That number clears the government’s goal of 95 per cent, and gives Australia the herd immunity to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, Mr Hunt said.
It’s also well above the World Health Organization international average of 86 per cent.
This is the fourth quarter in a row in which the coverage rate has risen.
Mr Hunt says the increase in immunisation shows Australian parents’ confidence in vaccinations.
It is “particularly pleasing” to see the rates rise as Australia battles the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Hunt said.
The most-vaccinated group is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, with 97.26 per cent of five-year-olds covered.
Just shy of 95 per cent of one-year-olds are immunised, and 92.53 per cent of two-year-olds.
The government says the upwards trend reflects the high take-up of the flu vaccine in 2020. More than 17.6 million vaccines were made available on the Australian market.