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Question Without Notice No. 1068 asked in the Legislative Council on 1 December 2021 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 1 December 2021

CORONAVIRUS — VACCINATIONS — REGIONS

1068. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the minister representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to a report by ABC Pilbara on 19 November titled ''WA regions with low COVID vaccination rates likely to be closed off from rest of state, Premier says''.

(1) Does the state government have access to local government area data or any other localised data for communities in the Pilbara, Kimberley or Gascoyne regions?

(2) If yes to (1), please table this data.

(3) If no to (1), how is the state government monitoring vaccination rates for communities in these regions?

(4) Please identify any local government areas in Western Australia that have not reached a 70 per cent single-dose vaccination rate.

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Health.

(1) Yes.

(2) As this data is Australian government data, WA Health is not authorised to release it, as per the commonwealth Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015. However, a weekly report is published by the Australian government. I have a website address, but it is not our information, so I provide it by way of information to the honourable member in case he wants to look for it. It is https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/covid-19-vaccination-geograpahic-vaccination-rates-lga.

Hon Dr Steve Thomas: I suggest you give it to Hansard!

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON: I am being helpful. What happens in this place if we do not give this stuff is that someone stands up at the end of the day and has a go at us, so I am trying to be helpful, honourable member. I am trying to be helpful. You cannot have it both ways.

The answer continues: the website provides select information about vaccination coverage by local government area, with certain caveats to the data, including reporting for ages 15 years and over only and excluding data on remote and very remote LGAs.

(3) Not applicable.

(4) Refer to (2).