Commonwealth says over 100 percent vaccination is possible due to anomalies with ACT stopping at 99 percent | Canberra Times

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The ACT has stopped reporting vaccination rates above 99 percent to avoid confusion and anomalies when the official figure exceeds 100 percent in the coming days. ACT Health said Canberra’s initial dose rate had risen to over 99 percent by Thursday evening, based on Treasury population estimates for June. This figure is based on 2016 census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, before accounting for natural increases and changes in overseas migration. But as the region moves towards full coverage, the inevitable slight inaccuracies in all estimates have made it more likely that its official rate will rise above 100 percent. Commonwealth immunization rates were determined by comparing vaccines recorded in the Australian Immunization Register with Australian Bureau of Statistics 2019 population estimates. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: The Commonwealth of Nations has stopped reporting certain percentages above the 95 percent threshold to avoid anomalies caused by delays in population data. “These coverage rates may exceed 100 percent, as the ABS Estimated Resident Population does not receive real-time changes in population,” a spokesperson said. They acknowledged that the inability to monitor real-time population changes can skew the figures, especially in certain age ranges, but said they were generally consistent in states and territories’ reports. The ACT Treasury, issued in June, projected the area’s population at 431,826, which would leave only 4300 residents without a maximum first dose. Commonwealth data showed that ACT first dose rates in all age groups 25 years and older exceeded 95 percent. But that figure has dropped to just 78 percent among 20-24-year-olds. Prime Minister Andrew Barr on Wednesday downplayed the possibility of the ACT’s official rate exceeding 100 percent and said underestimating the population over 50 was dismissed by overestimating the 20 to 24 range. “I think the two balance each other out, so our 98.5 [per cent] a real 98.5. district coverage figures were tied to a patient’s Medicare account, meaning those living in Queanbeyan but vaccinated in the ACT were added to the NSW count. Australian National University demographer Liz Allen said the ACT data reflects where vaccine recipients actually live. It’s not surprising: it prevents targets from constantly moving,” he said.[But] problem with a lock [population estimate] Dr Allen said the population of the region has “significantly changed” since COVID-19 began. “Thousands of people have left the area recently, especially overseas immigrants and international students who tend to be of first-year working age,” he said. First dose reservations in the ACT dwindled last month, as there are no more people in the region needing the first vaccine. As of September 13, 15,561 first dose reservations have been made through the ACT’s mass vaccination clinics and practices in the AIS. By the beginning of October 4, that number had dropped to just 3161. current news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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