Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Minister for Health; Mental Health

    ‘Free Jab June’ for Western Australians in influenza vaccination blitz

    29/05/2022 6:00 AM
     
    • All Western Australians eligible for free influenza vaccine during 'Free Jab June'
    • McGowan Government launches flu vaccination blitz ahead of flu season
    • Free vaccinations available at state-run clinics and pharmacies throughout the month
    • WA facing potentially severe flu season after two years of low cases
    • Builds on other preparedness measures to keep people safe 

    Free influenza vaccines will be made available for all Western Australians during June, with the McGowan Government announcing a flu jab blitz ahead of the worst of the winter flu season.

     

    The Government has today announced it has worked with pharmacies at GPs to expand subsidised vaccinations to every Western Australian during June, as an extra incentive for people to arm themselves against the flu.

     

    'Free Jab June' will start on June 1, 2022 and run until June 30, 2022.

     

    Vaccinations will be available across WA at State-run vaccination clinics on a 'walk in' basis and at participating pharmacies and GPs via booking.

     

    Information on locations offering the free flu vaccine during June 2022 is available at rollupforwa.com.au

     

    Currently only certain cohorts of especially vulnerable people are offered free influenza vaccinations, under existing State and Commonwealth vaccination programs.

     

    People aged under five years, people aged over 65 years, pregnant women, individuals at higher risk of complications from influenza, and Aboriginal people aged six months and older are currently eligible for a free flu vaccination under the National Immunisation Program.

     

    The State's free influenza vaccination program includes primary school aged children, people experiencing homelessness and residents in congregate (shared) living settings such as disability care, mental health hostels and youth group housing, but will be expanded during June to all Western Australians.

     

    More than 600,000 doses of the influenza vaccine have so far been administered in WA, with nearly 20 per cent of Western Australians vaccinated.

     

    In 2020, WA achieved its greatest influenza vaccine coverage at 37 per cent.

     

    The free flu vaccine blitz builds on the Government's campaign about the benefits of healthy hygiene as well as getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu, to raise awareness in the WA community. More information can be found at https://onaroll.wa.gov.au

     

    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

     

    "Influenza can cause serious illness and with COVID-19 still in our community it is important as many people as possible protect themselves against the flu.

     

    "High case numbers are already being seen in the Eastern States and as of May 26, WA had recorded 194 cases of influenza this year, with health authorities concerned we are on track for a potentially severe season.

     

    "After two years of very low flu cases, I would urge all Western Australians to Roll Up to protect themselves now before the worst of winter.

     

    "We have secured additional supplies of the vaccine, amid production constraints, to deliver free vaccinations for all Western Australians during the month of June.

     

    "Keeping Western Australians healthy and safe is a priority for my Government and 'Free Jab June' is another way we are safeguarding our community."

     

    Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:

     

    "Just like COVID-19, influenza can make some people in our community very unwell and the best defence we have is vaccination.

     

    "Our hospital staff are going above and beyond in the face of furloughing due to COVID-19 and as winter approaches we expect pressure on our health system to increase.

     

    "I would urge all Western Australians, for their own sake, for their families, and for the benefit of our healthcare workforce, to get vaccinated against the flu before the season hits.

     

    "We already make vaccinations free for our most vulnerable, but by extending this program throughout June we are making the flu jab more easily accessible to everyone."

     

    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Health Minister's office - 6552 5900