A group of experts from across different industries have come together to call for Australia's COVID-19 re-opening plan. Revisions include specific vaccination targets for the most vulnerable groups, including Indigenous Australians.
A network of about 50 experts across health, engineering and law say the country’s 80 per cent COVID-19 vaccination target for its adult population risks leaving many Australians behind.
The alliance of experts operates under the name OzSAGE which stands for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies - based on a UK group operating under the same name.
Professor Nancy Baxter is the Head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and is an OzSAGE member.
She says those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, who face more barriers accessing healthcare, need to be prioritised in the vaccine rollout.
If you don't have 80 per cent of the disabled or 80 per cent of the Indigenous community (vaccinated), those people who are most at-risk of COVID are going to be the least protected. It's going to result in more illness and death than we have to have. So as part of the opening up, these people need to be kept in mind, and it is very important that they're not left behind.
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