More than half of 15 years and over have received first jab
Tuesday, 24 August 2021
VACCINATION rates across the region are increasing rapidly, with residents in the Glen Innes Severn and Armidale Regional local government area leading the way, according to data released today by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.
Mr Marshall released COVID-19 vaccination rate figures for each local government area across the Northern Tablelands, provided by the Commonwealth Department of Health, showing how many locals, 15 years and over, had already rolled up their sleeves for their first and second jabs, as well as the increase over the last week.
“More than half of the people in our region has now received their first dose of COVID vaccine, which is great news,” Mr Marshall said.
“It’s so pleasing to see the large increase (6%) across the board from last week, which reflects the increasing desire of people to get vaccinated, but also the increasing opportunities to do so.
“It’s no coincidence that the massive nine per cent increase in Inverell occurred in the week the mass vaccination hub was in town.
“It just shows that when opportunities are made available to get vaccinated more quickly and more easily, people are happy to take advantage.”
The data shows that almost 60 per cent of the population of the Glen Innes Severn LGA has already received its first doe of vaccine, just above the entire State mark, closely followed by the larger Armidale Regional LGA at 55.1 per cent.
Two local government areas have more than a quarter of their population fully vaccinated – Armidale Regional LGA has 26.7 per cent with two doses, while Moree Plains Shire stands at 26 per cent.
“Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has rolled up their sleeves and also to all our medical professionals who are working hard to put these vaccines into arms across the region,” Mr Marshall said.
“We’ve now got to keep up the pace and our effort – as we know, the faster we can get up around the 70 to 80 per cent mark, the sooner we can have certainty and can get back to some form of normality in our daily lives.
“While the National Vaccination Rollout has been clunky and difficult to navigate for many, there are now many opportunities across our region to get vaccinated and get vaccinated quickly and I urge people to make an appointment today and do their bit for themselves, their family and their community.”
To find your nearest COVID vaccination clinic, visit www.covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility
Mr Marshall said he’d be releasing new figures each week, so communities could see how they were tracking.
The next Super Saturday UNE Medical School Mass vaccination Hub will be in Moree this weekend. More details will be released soon.
Northern Tablelands COVID-19 vaccination rates (week ending 22 August 2021)
LGA 15 years and over % vaccinated % increase on previous week
1st dose 2nd dose 1st dose 2nd dose
Armidale Regional 55.1 26.7 5.1 4.4
Glen Innes Severn 59.2 20.9 5.4 2.2
Gwydir 47.3 22.3 7.8 2.4
Inverell 48.7 21.4 9.0 2.6
Moree Plains 47.9 26.0 5.4 2.5
Uralla 43.7 20.1 3.4 2.9
Average 50.3 22.9 6.0 2.8