Western Australia Covid update as at 22 September 2021

WA Health is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 overnight.

The State’s total remains at 1094. To date, 1080 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

WA Health is monitoring five active COVID-19 cases in hotel quarantine.

NSW Health is reporting that a NSW truck driver, who was in Western Australia from 16 to 18 September, has returned a positive PCR test for COVID-19. The driver had returned a negative test result in NSW on 13 September and was therefore not subject to a rapid antigen test on entering Western Australia.

NSW Health reports the second driver in the truck has returned a negative PCR test result.

After interviewing the COVID-positive driver, potential exposure sites and times have been published on the HealthyWA and wa.gov.au websites. Other exposure sites may be added in the next 24 hours.

The driver has informed WA Health that they wore masks when outside of the truck.

The public is urged to check the list of exposure sites and get tested immediately if they have been to one of the sites.

A list of all testing clinics is available on the HealthyWA website.

Testing clinics

Yesterday, 671 people were swabbed at State-run clinics. To date, there have been 1,741,317 COVID-19 tests performed in WA. Of those, 204,464 are from regional WA.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Yesterday, 25,303 COVID-19 vaccine doses were recorded in WA, of which 10,996 were second doses. The total includes 4316 historic COVID-19 vaccine doses*. These figures represent COVID-19 vaccinations at State-run clinics and doses given as part of the Commonwealth rollout**.

There are still about 300 appointments available tomorrow at the Claremont Community Vaccination Clinic. Book your spot at the Claremont Showgrounds by visiting rollup.wa.gov.au (external site).

Western Australian children aged 12 to 15 years are now eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination (external site). Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit rollup.wa.gov.au (external site) to register and book appointments for their children in this age group.

Walk-in community clinics are available for young people aged 16 years and over (year 11 and 12) and school staff (external site). Bookings are not required but it is recommended registrations are made through a VaccinateWA (external site) account to make it easier to check in. Proof of age is also required.

There will be a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the 2021 Perth Royal Show (external link) which opens on Saturday.

A Roll up for WA information and booking stand will be set up outside Optus Stadium for the grand final (external site), also on Saturday, and the latest vaccination television commercial will be played on the big screens.

There will be a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Paraburdoo Community Vaccination Clinic from 9am to 6pm, 23 September, at Ashburton Hall, Ashburton Avenue.

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Midland (external site) is open 8.30am to 4.30pm seven days at Centrepoint Shopping Centre on Great Eastern Highway. The centre has four-hour free parking, is close to Midland Train Station and has replaced the Redcliffe clinic.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (external site) is now available at selected WA pharmacies. To find a pharmacy offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, visit Vaccine Clinic Finder (external site) or findapharmacy (external site).

New directions make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory (external site) for WA’s port workers who board or work with exposed vessels. A pop-up vaccination clinic will be available at Fremantle Port on 30 September to make it easier for workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

For the latest WA vaccination figures, visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus: Vaccination dashboard (external site)**.

Border controls

New Zealand

In line with all other Australian jurisdictions, travel from New Zealand is now treated as travel from an international location (external site).

Australian states

  • New South Wales is in the extreme risk (external site) category. This means travel from NSW to WA is not permitted, except under strict conditions.
  • Victoria is in the high-risk (external site) category. Anyone entering from Victoria, or who has travelled through Victoria, in the past 14 days is subject to strict conditions

Variants

To date, 160 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – including 53 Alpha strain, 15 Beta strain, one Gamma strain and 91 Delta strain.

Visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19.

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