It’s time for the Morrison-Joyce Government to end its secrecy on First Nations vaccination data and take responsibility for vaccination rates amongst First Nations people which continue to fall further behind.
Over the past two weeks, the gap between First Nations and the general population vaccination rate has grown from 18.5 to 21.4 percentage points.
It’s now been reported that the Government is refusing to provide local vaccination rates to media.
Labor has long been asking for local information – and the Government refused to provide local government level information when ordered by the Senate.
Meanwhile, the situation in Western and Far West NSW continues to deteriorate, with almost 1,000 cases – the vast majority of which is estimated to be First Nations.
And it is been confirmed that a third First Nations person has died from COVID – a man from Dubbo.
Bourke has recorded a total of 84 cases and Wilcannia has recorded a total of 109 cases.
The Government has been caught scrambling – announcing a vaccine drive in 30 communities six months after the beginning of the vaccine rollout and over a month since the outbreak in the western division of NSW.
But it’s unable to say which communities will be part of this drive, or when.
This is unacceptable – the Government needs to release this information so Australia knows where vaccination rates need to catch up.