Western Australians aged between 30 and 49 will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccination in Western Australia with bookings opening today.
Western Australia is fast tracking the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program, offering the vaccine to all eligible Western Australians who are 30 years of age and over.
Those aged between 30 and 49 will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at State-run clinics, and people aged 50 and over will continue to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
In line with a decision made at National Cabinet, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 and over are also now eligible to be vaccinated.
The community vaccination clinic at Claremont Showgrounds, which operates seven days a week, will be scaled up from Thursday, June 10 to cope with the increased demand, with a new capacity of about 2,000 appointments each day.
From Monday June 14, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be offered seven days per week, while the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will also be administered on Mondays through to Wednesdays.
From Monday June 21, the Joondalup and Kwinana community vaccination clinics will also start to provide both types of COVID-19 vaccines on different days, with capacity to administer 1,500 and 2,000 vaccines each day respectively.
The Redcliffe community vaccination clinic will commence administering both vaccines the following week (from June 28), offering 700 appointments a day.
By the end of the month, more than 30,000 vaccination appointments will be available each week at the four State-run clinics in the metropolitan area, with additional clinics to come online as the take up increases.
Vaccination clinics in regional areas will also be offering both types of vaccine, with the first regional State-run Bunbury COVID-19 community vaccination clinic opening this Thursday (June 10) with the capacity to offer more than 600 appointments.
The Bunbury clinic, located at the Bunbury Homemaker Centre, will be open 8.30am to 4pm to administer the Pfizer COVID vaccine on Tuesdays to Thursdays and the AstraZeneca appointments will be filled on Mondays and Fridays.
There are more than 75 health service clinics operated by the WA Country Health Service, in addition to GPs, respiratory clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services that are currently administering the COVID-19 vaccine in the regions.
Bookings can be made from today (June 8) with the first Pfizer vaccines for people 30 and over to be administered from Thursday (June 10).
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 and over are now eligible and appointments are still available for people in the Phase 1A and 1B cohorts including people who work in disability and aged care, and younger adults with a specified medical condition.
Everyone eligible is encouraged to visit https://rollup.wa.gov.au or to phone and book through 13 COVID on 13 268 43.
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“It wasn’t that long ago that we all wished for a vaccine to help us out of this pandemic.
“With more doses now becoming available, Western Australia can get on with it and get vaccinated.
“We’ve opened up the COVID-19 vaccination rollout to a broader group of people in an effort to build momentum and get more people vaccinated.
“WA’s expanded rollout is in accordance with the advice from health experts to provide the Pfizer vaccine to everyone aged 30 to 49 and the AstraZeneca vaccine for people 50 years and older.
“The expanded rollout will mean State-run clinics will be extra busy, but I ask people to be patient while we ramp up our clinics.
“State-run clinics are just one way of getting the vaccine, so I call on the Commonwealth to deliver more vaccines to our local GPs and move quickly to allow pharmacies to join the rollout efforts.
“The time is now and this is your chance to roll up your sleeve, get the COVID-19 vaccine and protect yourselves, your family and the WA community.”
As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:
“This is a great opportunity for a whole new cohort of Western Australians to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We’d like to see everyone vaccinated so we can protect our wonderful lifestyle in WA.
“Bookings for people aged 30 to 49 are open now.
“I encourage all adults in Western Australia to roll up for WA and get vaccinated as soon as possible.”