- McGowan Government expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations
- All Western Australians aged 16 to 29 eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
- Two-week vaccination blitz across the State starts today
- New Perth Convention Exhibition Centre vaccination clinic now open
- Visit rollup.wa.gov.au or call 13COVID to register for a COVID-19 vaccine
The McGowan Government has expanded eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccinations to enable all Western Australians aged 16 years and above to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at WA Health clinics.
This is the first opportunity for people aged between 16 to 29 to get vaccinated at State-run clinics. People in this age group can now start booking their vaccination appointment.
Individuals aged between 16 – 59 are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Individuals aged 60 years and over can access the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Individuals aged 12 years and over with underlying medical conditions; those who live in remote communities; or who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people are also eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The expanded eligibility criteria means more than two million Western Australians aged 16 years and over are eligible to be vaccinated in WA Health clinics.
Eligible Western Australians are urged to go to rollup.wa.gov.au to register and book their vaccination appointments as soon as possible - appointments are essential.
This change in eligibility coincides with WA's two-week vaccination blitz, where it is expected more than 160,000 vaccine doses will be administered over the fortnight.
To support this blitz and the vaccination program rollout, a new community vaccination clinic at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre opens to the public today.
From today until August 29, the clinic will open from 8.30am to 6.00pm seven days a week, as part of the State Government's vaccination blitz.
From August 30, the clinic will open from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday through Saturday.
Another clinic is due to open on September 6 at Midland's Centrepoint Shopping Centre.
More than 157,911 Western Australians have booked to take part in the two-week vaccination blitz. Bookings are still available for those eligible.
An additional 1500 appointments per week will be added for the CBD clinic and an additional 3000 per week for the Claremont clinic during WA's two-week vaccination blitz.
More than 1.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have now been administered in WA.
WA Health State COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available in more than 100 locations across Western Australia, with sites listed on the HealthyWA website.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"This is a brilliant opportunity for all Western Australians aged 16 years and over to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
"I know many young people are very keen to get vaccinated and do their part to keep themselves, their families and their community safe.
"This is an important conversation for people to have with their families and I encourage parents and teens with any questions to look at the health advice on rollup.wa.gov.au.
"We expect the new clinic at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre to be a convenient choice for people, due to its central location and close proximity to Elizabeth Quay Train Station.
"The addition of the new clinic at the Convention Centre and the forthcoming clinic in Midland sees our State's vaccination capacity expand.
"We continue to explore all options to keep building momentum for the rollout, in line with supply increasing."
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"I would like to thank the hundreds of thousands of Western Australians who have already rolled up for WA and received the vaccination.
"But it's only a start. It is more vital than ever that we vaccinate as many people as possible as fast as possible.
"Today is a really important step because it simplifies the message - anyone 16 and over can get vaccinated at a WA clinic.
"It's that simple. Do not hesitate. Do not be complacent.
"Roll up for WA and help keep yourself, your family and your fellow Western Australians safe."
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