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Blackall-Tambo just shy of 80 per cent fully vaxxed

Friday 19 November 2021

News_Blackall Tambo just shy of 80 per cent fully vaxxed

The Blackall–Tambo Regional Council region is galloping towards the 80 per cent fully vaccinated mark for all eligible residents aged 12 years and older.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Medical Services Dr David Walker said the BTRC currently had reached the 79.8 per cent fully vaccinated mark for eligible resident aged 12 years and over.

He said 89.3 per cent of all eligible residents had now received at least one dose of vaccine.

“The Blackall–Tambo region is certainly showing the way for all Central West residents,’’ Dr Walker said.

The Longreach Regional Council region comes second with 74.8 per cent of all eligible residents aged 12 over now fully vaccinated and about 84.6 per cent who have had at least one dose.

Barcaldine Regional Council has 73.4 per cent fully vaccinated and 86.7 per cent who have had at least one dose.

The Barcoo Regional Council region has 66.4 per cent of eligible residents fully vaccinated and 74.5 per cent with at least one dose.

The Diamantina shire has nearly 51 per cent fully vaccinated and 59.3 per cent with at least one dose, while the Boulia shire has 8.4 per cent fully vaccinated and 55.3 per cent with at least one dose.

Across the Central West as a whole, 73.4 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 years and over is now fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine and 84 per cent have had at least one dose.

“This rate is now second only in the state to the Metro North Hospital and Health Service region, and only fractionally behind this giant health service,’’ Dr Walker said.

“For the eligible population aged 16 years and over, the fully vaccinated rate in the Central West is even higher at about 75.2 per cent, with 85 per cent having at least one dose.

“We certainly don’t have far to go to get to 80 per cent fully vaccinated right across our region for the eligible population aged 12 years and older, so we really need our communities to come forward and be vaccinated if you haven’t already been so, or complete your course of vaccination if you have only had one dose of vaccine to date.

“And don’t forget to have your booster dose as it becomes due.

“Remember, being fully vaccinated remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, and our community from serious illness. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will face significant restrictions on your activities. So please, continue to attend our ongoing vaccination clinics across the region.’’

Dr Walker said Central West Health over the past week had delivered vaccination clinics at Barcaldine, Aramac, Winton, Bedourie and Boulia.

Clinics on Saturday (20 Nov) and over the next week will be held at Boulia, Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine and Bedourie.

Bookings are recommended but walk-ins are welcome at all clinics. Booking an appointment is easy as calling 1800 953 703, or emailing: CW-COVAX@health.qld.gov.au

Remember, when presenting for you vaccination, to bring:

  1. Photo identification and your Medicare card, if you have one,
  2. Your vaccination card received at your first appointment when having your second,
  3. Information about medical conditions and current medications,
  4. Information about any other vaccine you’ve had in the past 7 days.

Upcoming community Pfizer clinics:

  • Winton: 18 and 19 November at the Council Facilities.
  • Bedourie: 19 November at the Bedourie Primary Health Centre
  • Winton State School: 19 November (school students and staff only)
  • Boulia: 19 and 20 November at the Boulia Primary Health Centre
  • Winton: 20 November at Winton Hospital and Multipurpose Health Service.
  • Longreach: 23-24 at the Longreach Civic and Cultural Centre
  • Barcaldine: 25-26 November at the Shire Hall
  • Longreach: 27 November at the Longreach Hospital
  • Muttaburra: 30 November at the Town Hall
  • Blackall: 30 November to 3 December at the Blackall Cultural Centre
  • Longreach: 6-10 December at the Longreach Civic and Cultural Centre
  • Isisford: 8 December at the Town Hall
  • Jericho: 9 December in the morning at the Town Hall
  • Alpha: 9 December in the pm and 10 December in the am at the Town Hall
  • Barcaldine:13 and 14 December at the Town Hall
  • Tambo: 15 December at the Town Hall
  • Longreach: 16 December in the pm and 17 December at the Civic and Cultural Centre
  • Boulia: 16-17 December at the Boulia Primary Health Centre
  • Bedourie: 17 December at the Bedourie Primary Health Centre
  • Winton: 20-21 December at the Winton Shire Hall.

NOTE: Due to the inclusion of children aged 12-15 years and the adoption from 1 October of Queensland Government Statistician’s Office 2020 data, there will be some differences going forward in vaccination coverage percentage rates quoted, compared with previous statements. There may also be differences between Queensland and Commonwealth data due to variations in reporting periods, as well as differences in parameters used, such as age cohorts and geographic definitions.

Contacts and for further information:
For the vaccination clinic in your community, all bookings can be made by phoning 1800 953 703 between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm business days or emailing: CWCOVAX@health.qld.gov.au.

A full list of Central West vaccination clinics is available at:

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/centralwest/menu/covax/covid-19-vaccine

More information on the vaccine is available online: www.qld.gov.au/covid19vaccine

You can also call 134 COVID (134 268) and visit:

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccine

You can also call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).


ENDS

For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 23 November 2021