Double-dosed COVID-19 vaccination numbers rise above 90 per cent in Katanning
The Shire of Katanning has reached a major milestone in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, with more than 90 per cent of residents aged 15 and over now double-vaccinated.
The Shire broke the 90 per cent threshold on Sunday, reaching 91.1 per cent in the latest weekly statistics released by the Federal Government.
The Shire of Wagin also reached the milestone on Sunday, with 90.2 per cent of residents double-vaccinated.
The nearby shires of West Arthur (86.7 per cent) and Cranbrook (85.2 per cent) are not far off, while the shires of Broomehill-Tambellup (76.3 per cent) and Woodanilling (70.4 per cent) are lagging behind the rest of the region.
The Federal Government vaccination statistics warned rates in Broomehill-Tambellup and Woodanilling should be “treated with caution” because of potential data issues.
The Shire of Kojonup remains the standout leader in the region, having reached a 95 per cent double-vaccination rate in December.
Premier Mark McGowan defended his decision last week not to reopen the State border despite WA being on track to reach the 90 per cent double dose target before February 5.
No date was set for WA’s reopening, with Mr McGowan indicating he wanted WA to reach a triple-dose COVID vaccination rate of 80 or 90 per cent before reopening.
He said it would be “reckless and irresponsible” to open WA’s border as planned on February 5, citing the “complete turmoil” in the other States where daily case numbers are in the thousands.
“Allowing a wave of Omicron cases to fly straight into Perth from February 5, with no testing, no quarantine and no public health measures would cause a flood of the disease across our State,” Mr McGowan said.
On Monday, WA’s second-dose rate for those aged 16 and over was 91.2 per cent, with the third-dose rate at 29.7 per cent.
“These updated (arrangements) will hopefully give more Western Australians the opportunity to get a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before the virus has a chance to take hold in our community,” Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said last Thursday.
“A third dose offers far greater protection against the Omicron variant and I’d urge all Western Australians to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
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