Just one in five hotel quarantine workers vaccinated as WA’s immunisation program falls behind26th March 2021
Positive cases have also been detected on international vessels entering WA ports.
On February 22, a day into the vaccination program, WA Health stated it anticipated more than 20,000 frontline health, quarantine and border workers would have been given the first two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, dependent on supply.
As of Thursday, just 3444 people had been fully vaccinated.
Liberal spokeswoman Libby Mettam said the pace of the roll-out was a concern.
“Quite obviously what we are seeing here is very poor levels of hotel quarantine and frontline staff vaccination rates,” she said.
“Given our health system is in crisis, it’s imperative we do everything we can to ensure we don’t place extra stress on a system that already can’t cope without COVID-19 in the community.
“If a hotel quarantine staff are unwilling to be vaccinated, they should be sidelined into another role and replaced with the workers who are willing to be vaccinated.”
The roll-out extended to Phase 1B on Monday, with people over 70 years old, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, high-risk workers such as police, and people with underlying medical conditions eligible to receive the vaccine.
Members of the general public will likely have access to vaccination from the middle of the year.