Townsville Bulletin

Charters Towers’ dismal vax rates

- TRUDY BROWN

CHARTERS Towers residents are among the top five least vaccinated people by local government area in Queensland.

Only 38.6 per cent of the population aged over 15 has had the first jab and a mere 25.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The data is in vast contrast to Goondiwind­i where 76.7 per cent of the population aged 15 and up has had at least one jab.

The second most protected LGA is Hinchinbro­ok covering Ingham.

Townsville Hospital and Health Service chief executive Kieran Keyes said rural communitie­s such as Charters Towers were an important part of the vaccinatio­n rollout in the fight against Covid-19.

“Vaccinatio­n helps to protect the great lifestyle we enjoy in North Queensland and I strongly encourage the Charters Towers community to do their bit and get vaccinated. It is safe, free, and effective,” Mr Keyes said.

The Townsville vaccinatio­n outreach team will travel to Charters Towers later this month to vaccinate community members aged 12 and over.

The clinic will be held at the Arthur Titley Centre, with residents having access to the Pfizer vaccine.

“I hope that these outreach clinics will see community members roll up their sleeve to get the vaccine and subsequent­ly, that vaccine numbers will rise in Charters Towers,” Mr Keyes said.

“Everyone in Charters Towers will have the opportunit­y to receive both their first and second doses of the vaccine with the outreach team returning from October 25-26 and November 25-26.”

Bookings for the clinics to be held at the Arthur Titley Centre can be made by going to www.vaccineboo­kings. health. qld. gov. au/ registerfo­rvaccinati­on/ or by calling 134 Covid (13 42 68).

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