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Rallying call to get vaccinated

Polly Canty and Yuka Rose at the Davidson Oval Testing Clinic with Senior Constable Kurt Tillman. PHOTO TWH

The appeal has gone out to the people of Bourke to get vaccinated, with the first dose vaccination rate now more than 60 per cent and rising.

It’s good news for the community, which is battling a daily increase in case numbers.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro admitted the western region was on a ‘knife’s edge’ and urged everyone to get tested and vaccinated.

On Monday, he congratulated the communities of Bourke and Brewarrina for breaking through the 60% barrier of people with the first jab.

Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has set an 80 per cent vaccination rate – first and second doses – as the benchmark for re-opening the state and has hinted that local government areas that hit that target would be considered for early relaxation of lockdown.

Now, health and community leaders are urging Bourke and Brewarrina residents to step up and get their shots to match or exceed the state’s improving vaccination rate.

On August 28, the rate for Bourke was 62.9% for first vaccination and 23.7% for those fully vaccinated. Indigenous communities reported a lower first dose rate at 42% first vaccination.

Phil Sullivan is a respected member of the Bourke community and said it was time for everyone to trust the science and get their jab.

“It’s new for a lot of our people - and the whole country – but as we move forward, people will see that the evidence is there, in particular those who have had COVID and got through it,” Phil said.

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