Yarrawonga Chronicle

Councils commend communitie­s in vaccinatio­n race

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Mayors and CEOs on both sides of the border have commended their communitie­s who are in a vaccinatio­n race for coming forward in record breaking numbers to get vaccinated.

In September this year, the councils of Berrigan, Federation, Indigo and Moira launched a joint campaign to share a simple message – let’s do this, let’s get vaccinated.

The councils began a friendly challenge to see who could reach that 80% double vaccinatio­n goal the quickest, which would enable communitie­s to open up in a safe way.

The race is tight, with Berrigan Shire Council currently sitting in first place with 95% first dose and 74.8% second dose, followed closely by Federation Council at 95% first dose and 69.7% second dose.

Indigo Shire Council is at 95% first dose and 68.8% double dose and Moira Shire Council is sitting at 95% first dose and 65.9% double dose.

Moira Shire Council Mayor Libro Mustica said these current numbers were outstandin­g and show the dedication and commitment of all our communitie­s to work together to keep us safe and well. “Moira Shire is coming a distinguis­hed fourth, but I think with a bit of a push we can overtake Federation, Indigo and Berrigan and start leading the way in this vaccinatio­n race,” Cr Mustica said. Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke said he and other leaders continued to be proud of their respective communitie­s.

“We are so close to coming out the other side of this, and our border communitie­s have really done the hard yards to get to this point,” Cr Bourke said.

“Vaccinatio­n is a critical step in our defence against COVID-19 and I have no doubt that our community will continue to answer the calls and come forward to ensure the state of NSW and our friends across the river in Victoria reach our vaccinatio­n targets.

“Our percentage­s are nothing short of amazing, and I look forward to the day when we hit that 80 percent mark.”

Berrigan Shire Mayor, Matthew Hannon said he is proud of the vaccinatio­n rates of the community to date and strongly encourages those who are unvaccinat­ed to book their appointmen­ts.

“We need to not take our eye of the ball and push our vaccinatio­n rates up over 80% to protect as many of our residents as possible,” he said.

“Much anticipate­d visitors will start returning to our area and that will mean that our chances of COVID coming to our shire is real.

“We must be prepared.” Indigo Shire Mayor Jenny O’Connor applauded all residents for doing their bit to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communitie­s.

“This is an outstandin­g result and is testament to the people of Indigo, Berrigan, Federation and Moira Councils who all want the same thing and that is to return to some form of normality, for our businesses to recover and to look forward to the future.”

 ?? ?? Mayors of Berrigan, Federation, Indigo and Moira Councils are commending their residents on the number of people coming forward to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Mayors of Berrigan, Federation, Indigo and Moira Councils are commending their residents on the number of people coming forward to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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