08/06/2021 - 13:00

WA fast-tracks vaccination rollout

08/06/2021 - 13:00

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The state government has announced plans to fast-track the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, with those aged 30 to 49 to be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine from Thursday.

WA fast-tracks vaccination rollout
Mr McGowan said the state government had made the decision to open the vaccination rollout to a broader group of people to build momentum and get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible.

The state government has announced plans to fast-track the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, with those aged 30 to 49 to be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine from Thursday.

During a press conference this afternoon, Premier Mark McGowan said the state government had made the decision to open the vaccination rollout to a broader group of people to build momentum and get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible.

From Thursday, those aged 30 to 49 will be eligible to get the Pfizer vaccine at one of WA's four state-run COVID vaccination clinics, with capacity at the Claremont Showgrounds clinic expected to be scaled up to deliver about 2,000 appointments each day. 

The expansion of the vaccination rollout program will coincide with the opening of the state’s first regional clinic in Bunbury.

Mr McGowan said the state would now be calling on the federal government to deliver more vaccinations to general practitioners and would continue to push for that at national cabinet.

He also said he would also push for the federal government to move quickly to allow pharmacies to join the rollout program.

From next week, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be offered seven days per week, while the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be administered on Mondays through to Wednesdays. 

The Joondalup and Kwinana vaccination clinics will begin providing both types of COVID-19 vaccines from June 21, with capacity to administer 1,500 and 2,000 vaccines each day.

The state government anticipates that by the end of the month, more than 30,000 vaccination appointments will be available weekly.

The WA Country Health Service is also operating more than 75 health service clinics, in addition to the GPs, respiratory clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services administering the vaccine in regional WA.

The move comes just days after the federal government moved to expand the vaccine rollout to those aged 40 and over, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 16.

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