Western Australia Covid update as at 12 January 2022

Exposure sites will continue to be updated on the HealthyWA website. People are encouraged to check this site regularly.

WA Health has reported two new local COVID-19 cases and four travel-related cases since 8pm last night.

One new local case relates to a woman who acquired the virus from an unknown source, further investigations continue to determine where she may have been exposed to COVID-19 and genomic sequencing is underway to determine the variant. This case is in quarantine.

Based on the most available information from contact tracers, the woman was infectious in the community but did not attend work and there are likely a limited number of potential exposure sites. Exposure sites will be released as soon as possible, once confirmed.

The other local case is connected to the Hyatt Hotel security guard cluster; this case was identified as a close contact of one of the cases within this cluster and has been in quarantine throughout their infectious period.

Three of the other new cases related to returned interstate travellers and one case is an overseas traveller. All are in quarantine.

There are currently 103 active confirmed cases in WA. Of these, 42 are in hotel quarantine and 61 are in self-quarantine.

In the last 24 hours there has been a surge in first vaccinations in Western Australia.

These six new cases bring the State’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 1260.

1148 people have recovered from the virus.

Exposure sites

WA Health’s contact tracing team continues to identify a new range of exposure sites linked to new cases and it is likely exposure sites will continue to be added.

Exposure sites are listed on the HealthyWA website.

If you have been to an exposure site on the dates and times listed, or you are contacted directly by WA Health, you are urged to:

  • immediately isolate from others in your home
  • get tested at a COVID-19 clinic, wear a mask and travel directly there
  • continue to isolate until a negative result is returned, unless instructed otherwise by WA Health
  • clinic locations are on the Healthy WA website.

Testing clinics

4,351 Western Australians were swabbed at clinics yesterday.

WA Health is expanding testing capacity, including operating hours of clinics. There are many clinics available – people are encouraged to check the HealthyWA website to find clinic locations and opening hours.

Private clinics are also available. Testing is available free of charge at private testing clinics for people who have been advised by WA Health to get tested, or who have been present at exposure sites at the times listed on the HealthyWA website.

With the hot weather, people are encouraged to plan ahead and bring a hat or umbrella, sunscreen and water, and to arrive 15 minutes before closing if possible.

Safe WA

On 10 January, 1,591,999 scans were recorded on the Safe WA App.

Border controls

Information about Western Australia’s controlled border arrangements, conditions of entry and quarantine is available online.

COVID-19 vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccination clinics administered 30,783 vaccines in WA yesterday.

Demand for vaccinations and third doses is increasing. Recently clinics have experienced some of their busiest days with surges in demand from walk-in patrons which has resulted in some people without bookings unfortunately being turned away so that people with bookings could be accommodated.

Our clinics have the capacity to provide the vaccinations, however, to spread the demand across clinic operating hours to avoid excessive wait times, we are asking people to make a booking via Vaccinate WA.

What is important to note is that vaccinations are also available at GPs and pharmacies and we encourage people to take up those options. There are hundreds of locations across the State and people are asked the visit the Roll up for WA site for details.

People are also reminded that it is important for everyone who has received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine four or more months ago to get their third dose vaccination now without delay to ensure they have maximum protection again COVID-19. Do not wait until it is too late – act now and get vaccinated.

The Claremont COVID-19 vaccination clinic is now located in the Jim Webster Pavilion at Claremont Showgrounds. Entry is still via Gate 8 off Ashton Avenue. The nearest train station is Loch Street station; there is also onsite parking available.

Appointments already booked will be automatically transferred.

A new fixed clinic at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) is expected to open in mid-January 2022. This replaces a pop-up vaccination clinic that opened at the PCEC on December 26, 2021.

For the latest WA vaccination figures, visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus: Vaccination dashboard (external site)**. For the latest Commonwealth data visit the Vaccination Numbers and Statistics website.

Mandatory vaccination information

A mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for a majority of occupations and workforces

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