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Central West vax rate continues to rise across all groups

Friday 15 October 2021

Central West vax rate continues to rise across all groups

The Central West region is nearly at the 77 per cent mark for the proportion of eligible residents aged 12 years and over who have had at least one dose of a COVID–19 vaccine.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Medical Services Dr David Walker said 76.7 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 years and over now had received at least one dose of vaccine and 67.6 per cent were fully vaccinated with both doses.

For the eligible population aged 16 years and over, the fully vaccinated rate is now about 69.8 per cent and 78.2 per cent have had at least one dose.

Dr Walker said among children aged 12–15 years in the Central West, about 51.5 per cent had received at least one dose of vaccine, with 31.5 per cent now fully vaccinated , second in the state only to the Metro North HHS for that age group.

Vaccination rates amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the Central West also were higher than the state average and second only to the South West region.

Amongst Central West First Nations peoples aged 12 years and over, the fully vaccinated rate currently stands at 48.7 per cent, with about 58.8 per cent having received at least one dose to date.

The state-wide average vaccination rate for First Nations people aged 12 years and over is about 46.3 per cent for at least one dose and 34.2 per cent for fully vaccinated.

Dr Walker while the health service was doing well across the board with its vaccination rollout, there was no room for complacency.

“The recent incident in the South West with several people from New South Wales who crossed the border on a camping trip and then two of them tested positive on return to NSW should be a real wake-up call to everyone in rural regions of Queensland,’’ he said.

“Our isolation is no defence against coronavirus.

“Once the Queensland borders reopen, we can expect outbreaks of coronavirus right across the state.

“Our best defence is to be fully vaccinated as this protects us both against being infected and in helping minimise the seriousness of any illness if you do become infected.

“So, if you haven’t yet been vaccinated, please do so, and if you have only had one dose, please have that second dose for maximal protection.

“You can’t rely on other people to protect you. You need to protect yourselves.

“We have plenty of vaccination clinics scheduled across the Central West through into early November, so there are still opportunities to be vaccinated.’’

Dr Walker said Central West Health over the past week had delivered vaccination clinics at Isisford, Aramac and Winton, with 13 people being vaccinated at the pop-up clinic at the Isisford Races on 23 October.

A further pop-up clinic will be held at the Barcaldine Sheep Pavilion for the Barcaldine Races on Saturday (30 October).

Clinics next week will be held at Blackall, Isisford and Tambo.

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: 28 and 29 October at the Winton Shire Council facilities.
  • Barcaldine: 30 October, pop-up clinic for the Barcaldine Races in the Sheep Pavilion from 12 noon to 3 pm.
  • Blackall: 3 November at the Cultural Centre.
  • Isisford: 5 November at the primary health centre.
  • Tambo: 13 November community clinic at primary health centre in morning.
  • Tambo: 13 November pop up vaccination clinic for the Tambo Rodeo in afternoon.

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).


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PHOTO CAPTION

Julie and Robert Anderson were among 13 people who popped into the pop-up vaccination clinic at the Isisford Races on 23 October to be vaccinated by nurse immuniser Annie Greenwood.

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: 3 November 2021