A new vaccine clinic for northern suburbs opens tomorrow

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As of October 20, just 55.2 per cent of WA’s eligible population (those 12 years and over) were fully vaccinated. File picture

A NEW community vaccination clinic will open in the northern suburbs tomorrow as part of the McGowan Government push to lift the state’s vaccination rate.

As of October 20, just 55.2 per cent of WA’s eligible population (those 12 years and over) were fully vaccinated with 73.6 per cent having received at least one dose.

The new state-run community vaccination clinic will open tomorrow (October 25) at Carramar Village Shopping Centre.

Today Premier Mark McGowan also announced there will be pop-up clinics at some Bunnings outlets, which will each provide up to 250 vaccinations a day, for people to drop in without an appointment.

The government is also drafting directions to make vaccination mandatory for most occupations and workforces.

Mandatory vaccinations already apply for healthcare workers, fly-in and fly-out and other resource sector workers, Dunsborough school leavers, freight, transport and logistics workers and port workers who board or work with exposed vessels.

The Carramar community vaccination clinic opening times are 9am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 9am to 7pm on Thursday; and 11am to 4.30pm on Sunday.

The clinic will initially provide around 2000 vaccinations each week but will increase depending on demand.

Last week Mr McGowan said everyone who was eligible should get the Covid-19 vaccine now as everyone needed to be prepared for the event of community transmission or a lockdown.

“Don’t wait for the deadly Delta variant to enter before you consider getting the vaccine,’’ he said.

According to the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research vaccine hesitancy report card (2021) vaccine hesitancy in WA on October 8 was 13.6 per cent – made up of 7.2 per cent of people who were not willing to have a vaccine and 6.4 per cent who don’t know.

This compared with 30.3 per cent – made up of 12.4 per cent who were not willing to have a vaccine and 17.9 per cent who don’t know on October 10 last year.

Vaccine hesitancy in some cases has been caused by some people believing the myth that the vaccines remain active in the body for an extended time when in reality they are cleared from your body in mere days or weeks.

In No, COVID vaccines don’t stay in your body for years on October 8 in The Conversation the authors explain it is the immune response against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that appears to last for a long time.

“This isn’t due to the vaccines themselves remaining in the body, ‘’ they say.

“Instead, the vaccines stimulate our immune system and teach it how to respond if we’re ever exposed to the coronavirus.’’

Meanwhile the World Health Organization is among those issuing an urgent call for concrete action to better protect health and care workers worldwide from Covid-19 and other health issues.

A new WHO working paper estimates that between 80,000 to 180,000 health and care workers could have died from Covid-19 in the period between January 2020 to May 2021, converging to a medium scenario of 115,500 deaths.

These estimates are derived from the 3.45 million Covid-19 related deaths reported to WHO as at May 2021; a number by itself considered to be much lower than the real death toll (60 per cent or more than what is reported to WHO).

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