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FIRST NATIONS VAX GAP: IT’S STILL A RACE

November 05, 2021

The spike in COVID cases in Moree – and surrounding communities including Boggabilla and Toomelah – has yet again exposed the First Nations vaccination gap in NSW.
 
With more restrictions easing, the Government needs to be ramping vaccination efforts up, not taking their foot off the pedal.
 
This is still a race.
 
Almost two months ago, the Federal Government announced a First Nations ‘vaccine blitz’: but it was limited to just 30 communities. They included only two in NSW. Neither of them have among the worst vaccination gaps.
 
The latest data shows there are still five regions in NSW with a First Nations vaccination gap above 20 per cent.  
 

Region

Double dose (%)

Vaccination gap (%)

Richmond - Tweed

56.9

32.2

 

Coffs Harbour - Grafton

63.6

25.5

 

Mid North Coast

63.7

25.4

 

New England and North West

66.2

22.9

 

Murray

67.2

21.9

 

 

 
The Prime Minister promised First Nations Australians would be vaccinated by winter – a deadline he missed months ago.
 
With the issue of First Nations vaccinations on the National Cabinet agenda for today, the Prime Minister needs to outline in detail how the vaccination gap will be closed, and when First Nations Australians will catch up to the rest of the country.

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