WA’s crawls to the 90 percent vaccinated finish line

A breakdown of vaccinations by locality showed that the highest proportion of vaccinated Western Australians lived in Perth’s inner-western suburbs such as Claremont and Cottesloe, as well as Melville south of the river, with single doses of between 93 and 94 percent for the population aged 15 and over.

In contrast, the metropolitan areas with the lowest single-dose vaccine frequency were Kwinana (80.3 percent) and the Belmont / Victoria Park area (82.1 percent).

But where WA’s prices lag behind most are in regional areas, where just over half of the population in Pilbara has received its first dose. Kimberley, Gascoyne and Goldfields tracked between 70 and 73 percent single doses.

WA needs an additional 144,000 of the 365,000 unvaccinated to get the hang of reaching the 90 percent goal, which is likely to occur in late January or early February.

A breakdown of the unvaccinated shows that about two thirds live in Perth, one third in the regions and 30,000 are indigenous.

Prime Minister Mark McGowan said he believed most people in the unvaccinated camp would eventually get a shot as mandatory vaccination times for 75 percent of the workforce and travel restrictions threatened.

“Many countries get high levels of vaccination because they have outbreaks and people are in a hurry to get vaccinated because they do not want to die,” he said.

“We have not had these covid outbreaks yet, we are still tracking very high levels of vaccinations, so it is a credit to the overwhelming majority of Western Australians who are just doing the right thing.

“The most important thing I worry about is making sure people get vaccinated before they get covid because once you get covid it will not help you rush to get vaccinated.”

An analysis of the top fourteen days of the NSW outbreak between 25 August and 7 September found that the fall rate of covid-19 was 50 per 100,000 in two-dose vaccinated people compared to 561 per 100,000 in unvaccinated people – a tenfold difference.


The proportion of intensive care admissions or deaths peaked between 8 September and 21 September at 0.9 per 100,000 among two-dose vaccinated persons, compared with 15.6 per 100,000 among the unvaccinated, a 16-fold difference.

Professor Dantas said those waiting for Covid-19 to come to WA to be vaccinated delayed the reopening of the state.

“So for those who are waiting for the borders to open and who have families between states and abroad, this hesitation and anti-vaccine attitude means that it only delays everything here before we can actually make a decision to open our border,” she said.

With 83.5 per cent of Western Australians fully vaccinated, the state has the slowest uptake of the vaccine in any Australian jurisdiction.

Other states that are not already open to the world again will reopen in mid-December, while WA will likely reopen up to two months later.

Based on the state’s current vaccination rate, the estimated date for WA will reach the 90 percent vaccination target on January 18, but the rate decreases as the state approaches the target.

A reopening date is expected to be set in early to mid-December.

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