Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout began in late February. Here we bring together the latest figures to track the progress of the rollout and Covid vaccination schedule.
The data shows the total doses given in Australia, people vaccinated in Australian states and the percentage of the population who have received one dose or are fully vaccinated, as well as graphs showing daily new Covid-19 cases in Australia, deaths per day and cumulative coronavirus cases by state and territory.
Covid-19 in Australia
… fully vaccinated
… first doses
… ranked in OECD
Guardian graphic | Sources: covidlive.com.au, Our World in Data. Active cases includes both cases in hotel quarantine and locally-acquired cases. % fully vaccinated is using the total Australian population. OECD ranking is for % fully vaccinated
One of the biggest logistical exercises in Australia’s history, the delivery of coronavirus vaccines to more than 20 million people has begun.
The government was initially hoping to have 4 million people vaccinated by March and the entire country inoculated by October. Since then, goals, targets and “horizons” have come and gone.
The most recent target from the government is in its Operation Covid Shield document, which suggests vaccinating 80% of the population aged 16 and over should be possible by December.
The federal government has also set vaccination targets of 70% and 80% of the population aged 16 and over as the thresholds for phase B and phase C of its ‘National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response’ – essentially when it expects restrictions to ease, with reduced lockdowns and opening up of borders.
Here, you can see when we might be able to achieve these targets, based on the current average rate of vaccination, and assuming the current rate continues for the rest of the rollout.
This is obviously a very simple estimate of the time it might take, and will change as the vaccination rate increases or decrease.
Here, you can see the same targets estimated by each state and territory:
Here, you can see the speed of vaccinations in the past 30 days for each state and territory, versus the national rate.
This is showing the number of new vaccination doses administered per day, adjusted for population differences to be a rate per 1,000 people. Then, it has been smoothed using a rolling 7-day average due to differences in reporting on weekends and data catch-ups in the national reporting.
It makes it very clear how outbreaks lead to large increases in the vaccination speed, with particularly obvious increases in NSW and QLD rates relative to the national rates:
The following chart shows how many doses have been administered per 100 people in each jurisdiction, over the whole course of the rollout.
Note that in this chart the number of vaccinations from the federal government-run parts of the rollout – GP clinics and disability and aged care – are counted only in the Australian total. This makes the Australian rate higher than the sum of the state rates, and is a point of difference to the chart above.
Some of the reason for the differing vaccination rates is due to access and use. The following two charts show the vaccine distribution and estimated usage by states, territories, and primary care (run by the commonwealth). This data is updated weekly.
Vaccine dose usage is estimated by the commonwealth government, based on the total doses administered and allows for a small amount of wastage.
In the following two charts you can see how Australia’s vaccine rollout compares with other countries, in terms of doses administered per 100 people.
This first chart adjusts for the fact that countries started administering vaccines on different dates. It shows how Australia compares to select countries at equivalent points in their vaccine rollouts.
Here you can see how those same countries are doing across their entire vaccine rollout, on a doses administered per 100 people basis. Some are already more than halfway to vaccinating their populations.
Not all countries publish data on fully vaccinated people – those who have received two doses. Here you can see how Australia compares to OECD countries on the percentage of the population that are fully vaccinated.
When will I get the vaccine?
The timing for when you should expect to get the vaccine is dependent on who you are, how old you are and what you do for work. The government has an interactive tool that takes into account all the factors that will determine which phase of the vaccine rollout you will be in.
Latest coronavirus statistics
Guardian Australia has gone through every state and territory press release to construct and maintain an up-to-date database of coronavirus cases, as well as maintaining live data feeds from other groups collating data.
This chart shows the “epidemic curve” for Australia, showing the progress in “flattening the curve” and how effective various measures have been in suppressing the outbreak:
Here, you can see the number of new deaths reported per day by the states and territories:
This chart shows the cumulative total of confirmed cases, with the contribution of each state and territory:
Updates, 9 August 2021
- Retired the “gap tracking” version of the rollout chart, and replaced it with a new chart that tracks progress towards the government’s latest goals of 70% and 80% of the 16+ population
- Changed the summary box to remove the percentage of the population who have only received a single dose, and added the percentage of the 16+ population who are fully vaccinated to allow both international comparisons and progress towards the government’s targets to be clearer
- Removed the government’s projections of future vaccine availability as they’re not realistic
- Added a new chart showing the speed of vaccination by state and territories
- Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is being regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the current situation at the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.