As the month draws to a close, I just want to commend everyone in Northern Grampians Shire Council for their dedication to keeping our community safe from Coronavirus this month.
I see you wearing masks, sanitising, keeping your distance and staying home where possible. I see businesses abiding by the new regulations to display QR codes for customers to check in. Your efforts have contributed no doubt to the reassuring news that we continue to have zero local cases of Coronavirus: a testament to your commitment to abide by the restrictions.
As we know, vaccination is your best defence against Coronavirus, and I encourage you to speak to your GP about your eligibility and health concerns and if you can, roll up your sleeve and get the jab. Our customer service staff and the council website has current information from local health authorities on where to get the vaccine.
To date, Victoria is leading the charge in the Australia-wide vaccination program; more than 1.5 million Victorians have participated. Nationally, 45% of us over the age of 16, have had the first dose and I look forward to seeing that percentage rise, because it will see the return of many freedoms that we miss.
It is looking promising that we will be moving to a form of COVIDNormal again this week, pending an announcement from Premier Daniel Andrews tomorrow.