WA reaches 80 per cent third dose vaccination milestone

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80.1 per cent of Western Australians aged 16 and older are better protected against COVID-19, with the State reaching record high levels of vaccination.
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A total of 80.1 per cent of Western Australians, aged 16 and older, have now received a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccination – the highest rate of all State and Territories.

As of 5 May, 2022, the national average of the third dose rate reported was 65.3 per cent.

This important achievement would not have been possible without the community of Western Australia pulling together and Rolling Up to protect each other and the WA community against COVID-19.

These world-leading vaccination rates have contributed to reduced COVID-related hospitalisations and ICU admissions.

Western Australians who have not yet received a third dose are urged to get vaccinated and those who are eligible are encouraged to receive a fourth winter booster dose when due, to further protect themselves from the virus.

To further protect at-risk individuals, the winter booster is now available and recommended for:

  • Adults aged 65 years and older;
  • Residents of aged care or disability care facilities;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older; and
  • People aged 16 years and older with severe immunosuppression, who are already on their fourth dose - meaning this group will be getting their fifth dose, as their winter booster vaccine.

The winter booster can be administered from four months after the person has received their third dose or last booster dose.

ATAGI does not currently recommend a fourth dose for healthy people who are not in one of these groups, however people can seek further advice from their GP or health professional.

Page reviewed 6 May 2022