WA’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout set for ‘blitz’ with 140,000 doses for people in their 30s

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Premier Mark McGowan has announced a ‘vaccination blitz’.
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan has announced a ‘vaccination blitz’. Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

COVID-19 vaccinations will once again be made available to West Australians aged in their 30s as part of a two-week “vaccination blitz” later this month.

Up to 140,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered at WA’s State-run clinics between August 16 and 29.

From today, WA residents aged 30 to 39 who are already registered for a jab will be given priority to book an appointment.

Those in their 30s who are not already registered will be able to sign up through the Roll Up For WA website from August 9.

By 4pm Tuesday, 22,633 people in this age group had booked an appointment. Another 5615 registrations were also received from people aged 30 to 39. This cohort will be able to book an appointment from August 9.

A total of 154,565 people aged 30 to 39 are now either booked or registered to receive a vaccination.

WA continues to have the lowest vaccination rate of any State or Territory at 37.6 per cent for first doses and 16.8 per cent of the population fully protected.

The Premier said couldn’t say by what date he expected WA would reach 70 per cent coverage, but he was hopeful the State would achieve 80 per cent by the end of the year.

During the blitz, the number of appointments and opening hours will be increased at vaccination clinics in Kwinana, Claremont, Redcliffe and Joondalup.

The Perth CBD vaccination clinic will open at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on August 16.

WA recorded no new cases overnight, with 10 active infections being monitored in hospital and hotel quarantine or on the two cargo ships berthed at Fremantle Port.

“We need to continue to build momentum with our vaccine rollout, Premier Mark McGowan said.

“Our two-week vaccination blitz will give more eligible Western Australians the opportunity to Roll up for WA and get vaccinated with Pfizer.

“Importantly, we are able to again open up bookings to Western Australians aged 30 to 39, with priority given to those who have already registered.

“Those registered will receive a SMS from today with a link to book. I encourage those to book as soon as possible, and remind people to not just walk in.”

Health Minister Roger Cook said about 46,000 West Australians aged in their 30s were registered to receive a jab.

He said there would be enough doses to meet this demand during the blitz, but doubts about the availability of appointments.

Mr McGowan said he expected WA would have achieved a state-wide vaccination rate of 70 per cent, and potentially 80 per cent, by the end of the year.

The Premier also through his support behind WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson’s announcement that unvaccinated officers would have to wear face masks at work.

“The Police commissioner is dead right, what he's doing is absolutely correct,” Mr McGowan said.

“He has areas of operations whereby if people get sick and they fold, it is a significant danger to the entire community.

“I'll give you an example: Let's imagine the call centers where the triple 0 calls go into, everyone gets sick and can't can't work. What happens then if you make a triple 0 call and it doesn’t get answered?

“So people have to get vaccinated across some fields of employment. We're doing the same in aged care, we’re looking at the same in our ports.

“I personally think airline staff flying across the country, the same should be in place. The defence forces either implemented or are implementing.

“These are the sorts of things you need to do in certain work cohorts to make sure that people are healthy and fit and can do their jobs because it's crucial for the community.”

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