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Clarence and Richmond Valley vaccine rates climbing, but more needed

New figures show the Clarence and Richmond Valleys have reached nearly 60 percent of people single vaccinated against COVID-19 with 30 percent to a third having received both doses, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis.

“This is comparable with other regional areas and is a good achievement considering supply issues to date with Pfizer, the preferred vaccine for younger people,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“With tens of thousands of extra doses arriving in the Northern Rivers right now, the challenge has shifted to the logistics of getting people the jab and I take my hat off to all the doctors, nurses and pharmacists who are pitching in, often after hours.”

In the four week period from week ending 8 August to week ending 5 September:

  • In Richmond Valley the first dose coverage increased from 44.9% to 59.1% and second dose rose from 20.7% to 33.7%
  • In Clarence Valley the first dose coverage increased from 40.9% to 59.6% and second dose rose from 16.4% to 30%

“It is now up to us. Protect yourself and your loved ones by booking your jab today,” Mr Gulaptis added.

All people over the age of 12 are eligible for the vaccination.  NSW Health vaccination clinics and participating GPs and pharmacies are open for COVID-19 vaccination bookings. COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status.

To find out where your nearest vaccination clinic is and to book an appointment visit https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility.