Yarrawonga Chronicle

Mulwala leads local vaccinatio­n charge

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Mulwala is paving the way for COVID-19 vaccinatio­ns in the region with NSW Health releasing data showing between 70-79 percent of residents have received their first dose.

The data shows that between 2000 and 3000 vaccinatio­ns (which includes first and second doses) have been administer­ed for Mulwala residents showing up to 39 percent now fully vaccinated.

In Moira Shire, which encompasse­s Yarrawonga, vaccinatio­n rates appear to be lagging behind their border counterpar­ts with 62.6 percent of Moira residents having received their first dose while 37.6 percent are fully vaccinated.

With the Federal Government also flagging that there will be more freedoms when 70-80 percent of the adult population are fully vaccinated, both communitie­s are well on their way to hitting the milestone in the coming months.

Moira Shire Council is joining a “call to arms” competitio­n between themselves, Berrigan and Federation Councils regarding the number of residents fully vaccinated.

“We all need a light at the end of the tunnel and a goal to aim for. We deserve, and should demand, this clarity from our leaders,” Moira Shire CEO Clare Keenan said:

“I believe the biggest thing we can currently do to support economic developmen­t is to promote vaccinatio­n and get certainty about at what percentage of vaccinated population we will get everything opening up.”

Some of our NSW neighbours are also reporting impressive vaccinatio­n rates with Howlong and Corowa both having 60–69 percent of their population who have had one dose while 20–29 percent are fully vaccinated. Overall, Federation Council has 66.5 percent of their population who have had one dose while 32.2 percent are fully vaccinated.

In his column last week Dr Clyde Ronan from the Yarrawonga Medical Clinic said an impressive 3,374 first doses and 1965 second doses had been administer­ed at his vaccinatio­n clinic alone.

Yarrawonga Health CEO Elaine Mallows said paying attention to the small things we can do individual­ly to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 will work.

“Now is the time for us all to unite and work together as a community to keep everyone safe, and to ensure that we do not have under the radar transmissi­on in Yarrawonga,” Ms

Mallows said.

“We need everyone to focus on things like getting tested, keeping up to date on exposure sites listed within our region, wearing a mask, being mindful of hygiene practices and maintainin­g social distancing if around others. And of course, getting vaccinated as soon as you are eligible.”

Across Victoria, Deputy Premier James

Merlino last week announced Victorian VCE students will be given priority for the Pfizer vaccine, with the intent to vaccinate the entire cohort exams begin in October.

It is still unknown if VCE students will ever return to the classroom before their exams.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment

Authority (VCAA) website notes that the

GAT – the General Achievemen­t Test - which The VCAA also released more informatio­n statement and tick boxes about how they have is scheduled for September 9 from 10.00am – about its Considerat­ion of Educationa­l Disad- been affected. But the VCAA has warned that 1.15pm is “subject to public health advice and vantage (CED) available to all students. “the number of boxes ticked does not equate epidemiolo­gical conditions”. Students will be asked to submit a student to a change in study score”.

“Rather, this informatio­n will complement what the school already knows about students, for example previous assessment scores,” the VCAA said.

The Yarrawonga Medical Clinic, Yarrawonga Denis Medical Group and Terry White Pharmacy are all conducting COVID-19 vaccinatio­ns. The Yarrawonga Health Vaccinatio­n Clinic has also extended hours of operation, with vaccinatio­n available from 9am to 4pm every Friday.

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 ??  ?? Well-known Mulwala local Noel Loughnan OAM received his COVID-19 vaccine in March with the assistance of registered nurses Sandra Fox, Lyndy Ronan and Dr Clyde Ronan.
Well-known Mulwala local Noel Loughnan OAM received his COVID-19 vaccine in March with the assistance of registered nurses Sandra Fox, Lyndy Ronan and Dr Clyde Ronan.
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