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Closing in on 80 per cent

Thursday 9 December 2021

News_Closing in on 80 per cent

With Queensland’s borders due to reopen from 13 December, the rush is on for Central West residents to get fully vaccinated for maximum protection against COVID-19.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Medical Services Dr David Walker said 78 per cent of the region’s eligible population aged 12 years and older was now fully vaccinated, with 88.5 per cent having had at least one dose of vaccine.
“For the eligible population aged 16 years and older, we are already almost at the 80 per cent mark with 79.4 per cent of over-16s fully vaccinated,’’ he said.

“We will likely pass the 80 per cent fully vaccinated mark for everyone aged 12 years and over during the course of next week.

“We have a lot of residents in the Central West who have had a single dose of vaccine but have not yet had their second dose, so we urge you to do so as soon as possible.

“You must have that second dose for maximal protection and time is running out.

“Once the borders reopen, we will see outbreaks of COVID–19 throughout Queensland and that includes here in the Central West.
“Our remoteness and relative isolation will not be any protection – as we have seen with the recent outbreaks in remote communities in the Northern Territory.’’

Dr Walker said Central West Health would continue offering vaccinations across the region right up until the week leading into Christmas.

“Our vaccination teams will then be taking a break over Christmas and New Year and returning from 10 January. “When they return, we will be focussing on delivering booster vaccinations to the fully vaccinated, as well as first and second doses as required.

“The current national recommendation is that everyone aged 18 years and over have a booster dose 6 months (24-26 weeks) after your second dose and that this booster should be Pfizer.

“However, if you live in a remote area and have genuine difficulty accessing vaccination clinics, you can have the booster as early as 21 weeks after your second dose.

“We will also be offering COVID–19 vaccinations next year to children aged from five to 11 years, in line with national recommendations once these are finalised.’’

Dr Walker said the Longreach-based vaccination booking and information call centre would close from midday on 24 December and reopen on 4 January.

“The call centre team will then be ready to take your calls about clinics restarting from 10 January,’’ he said.

He said Central West residents over the Christmas and New Year period were welcome to email their vaccination-related queries for a response to

Dr Walker said the Blackall–Tambo Regional Council region was now 85.4 per cent fully vaccinated, with 94 per cent of eligible residents having received at least one dose.

The Barcaldine Regional Council has about 79 per cent of eligible residents aged 12 years and older fully vaccinated and 90.6 per cent who have had at least one dose.

The Longreach Regional Council region is next with 77.1 per cent of all eligible residents aged 12 years and over fully vaccinated and about 88.7 per cent who have had at least one dose.

The Barcoo Regional Council region has 72.8 per cent of eligible residents fully vaccinated and 79.6 per cent with at least one dose.
The Diamantina shire has 57.7 per cent fully vaccinated and 64.6 per cent with at least one dose, while the Boulia shire has nearly 53 per cent fully vaccinated and 60.7 per cent with at least one dose.

Dr Walker said Central West Health over the past week had delivered vaccination clinics at Longreach, Isisford, Jericho and Alpha.
Next week, vaccination clinics will be delivered

Bookings are recommended but walk-ins are welcome at all clinics. Booking an appointment is easy as calling 1800 953 703, or emailing:

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:

  • Barcaldine:13 and 14 December at the Town Hall
  • Muttaburra: 14 December at the Memorial Hall
  • Tambo: 15 December at the Town Hall
  • Longreach: 16 December in the pm and 17 December, both 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:

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

More information on the vaccine is available online:

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

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


For further information contact:

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

Last updated: 9 December 2021