Kyabram Free Press


- By Rohan Aldous

Kyabram has the lowest percentage of double vaccinatio­ns in the Goulburn Valley, with less than half of its eligible residents having had both COVID-19 jabs.

Kyabram and Shepparton both sit at between 45 and 50 per cent in regard to the amount of people who have been double vaccinated.

But Kyabram sits alone as the only town to have not yet reached 80 per cent single vaccinatio­ns, in postcode figures released on the Victorian Government’s coronaviru­s website.

Echuca and Rochester lead the way in the double vaccinatio­n count, with Echuca at 65 to 70 per cent, while more than 95 per cent of its residents aged 16 years and above have had one jab.

More than 60 per cent of Rochester’s 3800 eligible residents are double vaccinated.

Tongala is also struggling to keep pace with the surroundin­g townships, with only 50 per cent of its 2035 eligible residents having had two jabs. It only hit the 80 per cent single jab mark on the day the figures were released, October 7.

The figures cover first and second dose percentage­s of every Victorian postcode.

Kyabram and Tongala vaccinatio­n levels are not among the lowest vaccinated postcodes in Victoria, but in many cases their figures (which were recorded to Wednesday, September 29) are 10 per cent below neighbouri­ng towns.

Kyabram’s 3620 postcode, which includes Wyuna, Wyuna East, Lancaster and St Germains, reached the 70 per cent single-vaccinatio­n level on September 25, about two weeks behind many of the other Goulburn Valley and Campaspe townships.

There are 7264 residents eligible for vaccinatio­n in Kyabram.

Shepparton, which has been the subject of two lockdowns in the past month, has a 45 to 50 per cent double-vaccinatio­n rate, but its 27,208 eligible residents hit the 80 per cent first dose level on October 1.

Double-vaccinated Kyabram ward councillor Daniel Mackrell said vaccinatio­n rates were on the rise everywhere, so he hoped to see that happen in Kyabram.

“I’m now fully vaccinated," Cr Mackrell said. "It is quick and easy and I am looking forward to seeing all those people that can have it done, get it done."

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