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Over 30% of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in Victoria received first dose of vaccine

Amid all the talk about the vaccine rollout that catches our attention right now, there is a slice of positive news in Victoria, with over 32% of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders who received their first dose of COVID vaccine.

That is to say the highest figure for this cohort in any Australian state. All Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders over the age of 16 have recently become eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Gunditjmara wife Jill Gallagher, CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organization, said the experience of the Victorians in do it “really hard” during confinement had in part driven people to get vaccinated and having Aboriginal-controlled health services also added a “trust factor” to encourage community members to get the vaccine.

“It is important to maintain the rates that we get in Victoria and it is important to get all of our crowds vaccinated,” said Ms Gallagher.

ABC reporter and Barranbinya man Tony Armstrong received his first Pfizer vaccine today. He said it was crucial for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders to know that it is easy and straightforward to register and get vaccinated.

“I walked in, it took about half an hour and it didn’t hurt, and now I’m thrilled to receive my next jab, ”he said.

“His so important get vaccinated, not just for myself but also for other people in the community.

“The more we are vaccinated, we don’t just take care of ourselves, we take care of more vulnerable people in our community.

Reporting by Sian Johnson


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