Victorian premier hints at ‘different set of rules’ in 2022 when population’s ‘magic number’ of double doses reached

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The Victorian premier has flagged there could be a “very different set of rules” to start 2022 and a point when lockdowns may no longer be necessary.

Speaking to 3AW on Tuesday, Daniel Andrews explained the aim was to get as many people vaccinated by the end of the year, especially between September and December.

“Our plan – not just in Victoria but across the country – is everybody who wants to get two shots gets them by the end of the year and we start 2022 with a very different set of rules,” he told the program.

He said once everyone gets two vaccination doses and the country reaches that “magic number,” there could be a conversation about what is next.

Victorian COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

“You can then have a conversation: ‘OK we’ve protected everyone who wants to be protected, we’re not going to lockdown to protect people who don’t want to protect themselves’,” he told 3AW.

“But we’re a while away from that, that is when we get into a new world.”

Local COVID cases

On Tuesday, Victoria recorded three new cases, bringing its 12-day run of zero locally acquired infections to an end.

All three of those cases were diagnosed in a family in the City of Hume area after they returned from a red zone in New South Wales with the appropriate permits.

But new Tier 1 exposure sites have been identified – including Coles at Craigieburn Central on July 10 after one of the family members went there.

Weimar on Tuesday said authorities would not be pursuing enforcement action.

“The overwhelming majority of people are doing the right thing and we recognise it’s a challenging set of circumstances,” he said.

“People make genuine mistakes and when they’ve got an illness, we need their support, we’re not going to go and throw the book at them.”

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