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Head of Australia’s Covid vaccine strategy not ruling out cash incentives to achieve 80% target

Lt Gen John Frewen says demand still exceeds supply but incentives may be needed to counter vaccine hesitancy later in the year

The head of the country’s Covid vaccination program, Lt Gen John Frewen, says the government may yet use cash incentives to encourage take-up, as he says it is “mathematically” possible for 80% of eligible Australians to be fully immunised by December.

New targets released by Frewen’s taskforce on Tuesday forecast a rapid ramp-up of the vaccination program over the coming months, with Operation Covid Shield planning to use drive-through vaccination clinics, retail hubs and workplace vaccination programs to drive up the national vaccination rate from its current 20% level.

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