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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 567 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 August 2021 by Hon Tjorn Sibma

Parliament: 41 Session: 1


567. Hon TJORN SIBMA to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to the appointment of State Emergency Coordinator, Commissioner Chris Dawson, to the role of Western Australian COVID-19 Vaccine Commander for a period of four months as advised in a joint media statement of 24 August.

(1) Over whom does the Vaccine Commander exercise command authority, and what vaccination-related operations will the Vaccine Commander direct rather than coordinate?

(2) What tangible vaccination metrics will the performance of the Vaccine Commander and the associated support team be measured against?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) The COVID-19 Vaccine Commander has overarching responsibility for the Western Australian government's delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination program and will provide whole-of-state oversight of the vaccination program in WA.

The day-to-day operational delivery of the WA Health program, led by the chief operating officer vaccine program within the Department of Health, will continue and report directly to the COVID-19 Vaccine Commander. The Chief Health Officer retains his statutory, regulatory, public health direction and clinical oversight roles as they relate to the vaccination program.