North Coast outshines national average while racing toward 95% fully vaccinated

  • 92.6% of North Coast residents aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated, with 94.1% at first dose.
  • Australia’s national average is 88.1% fully vaccinated, with the average rate in New South Wales at 92.8%
  • Vaccination is the best defence possible against the worst of COVID-19.

Healthy North Coast Chief Executive Julie Sturgess says North Coast residents’ timing couldn’t be better, with regional rates for double dose vaccinations now ahead of the national average rate as we head into the holiday season.  

‘With school holidays upon us and visitor numbers increasing week by week, the North Coast community has continued to follow through on the incredible first dose rates we saw last month. 92.6% of residents aged 16 and over have now received their second dose,’ Ms Sturgess said.  

‘The North Coast is ahead of the national rate of 88.1% and on par with the state rate of 92.8%. Individually, nearly all our local government areas are fast approaching or have exceeded a 95% double dose rate.  

‘This is a terrific effort and a real testament to the North Coast community spirit. My heartfelt thanks to all the staff working in general practice, pharmacy, Aboriginal medical services and other primary care providers who went above and beyond to ensure our community was protected from the worst of COVID-19,’ Ms Sturgess said.  

Ms Sturgess also said this was the last week that Healthy North Coast would be releasing vaccination numbers.  

‘It has been fantastic to see the numbers come through week by week and to share the good news with the North Coast community. After reaching the 95% threshold, though, detailed vaccination statistics are not available for the final 5%, so we will wrap up our reporting on these rates this week,’ Ms Sturgess said.  

‘I still encourage parents and carers to consider vaccination of our younger residents in the 12-to-15-year age group and also to follow the standard health advice to minimise the risk of transmission.  

‘It’s fantastic to end on such a high. Well done, North Coast!‘  

Anyone yet to be vaccinated can find a clinic or book through the Vaccine Clinic Finder.

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