By BEV JORDAN
Residents in The Hills LGA have been the fastest in the State to get their first COVID-19 vaccination with more than 95% of the area’s residents ages 16 and over receiving their first dose. Close to 68% are fully vaccinated.
In the Hawkesbury LGA over 84% of the area’s residents 16 and over have received their first dose of the vaccine and over 53% are fully vaccinated.
The figures were released during the week by the Australian Government Department of Health at Outlining show the vaccination rates in each Local Government Area in Australia as of September 19th.
State Emergency Services Minister and MP for Baulkham Hills David Elliott said:
“It’s a huge credit to The Hills community that we have continually topped the state, and indeed the nation, on vaccination rates.
“This simply confirms that our Shire remains the most community-minded and selfless place in the country to live.”
In NSW 83.6% of residents aged 16 and over have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 55.5% are fully vaccinated (by September 23), More than 9.2 million doses have been administered in NSW since February 22.
Under the National Plan, which all states and territories have agreed to, once 70 and 80 per cent vaccination thresholds are reached at a state-wide level, lockdowns and restrictions can be minimised and the country safely reopened for travel domestically and internationally.
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said getting vaccinated is the pathway out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The best thing we can all do is make sure we keep positive, encourage one another to get vaccinated and stick to the National Plan,” she said. Vaccination Rates
“While the vaccination rate is very promising, I urge our community to keep going because every vaccine administered gets us closer to unlocking Australia.”
Vaccines are now available to 12 to 15-year-olds. To find out where to book a vaccination visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/ health-and-wellbeing. Vaccination Rates
The Immunisation certificate can be downloaded using the Medicare Express app on a Smart Phone.
If you want a certificate posted to you because you can’t access a Mobile App, contact the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809, Monday to Friday 8 amto 5 pm. The certificate can be posted to you and can take about 14 days.