Lag in vaccine rollout leaves Western NSW Indigenous communities vulnerable to Delta

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Image: Nurse prepares Covid-19 swab at Walgett Hospital

There are grave concerns about the circulation of Covid-19 in Western NSW, where Indigenous Australians account for two-thirds of new daily infections. The vaccination rate of Indigenous Australians in the region is among the lowest in the country, with only 8% of the Indigenous population fully inoculated at the beginning of this outbreak. Pop-up vaccination hubs have now opened in Walgett, Brewarinna, Bourke, and Dubbo to urgently address shortfalls in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. Pfizer has been rediverted to clinics in Western NSW along with medical equipment and ADF troops to assist with shortages in medical supplies and staff.

 

 

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