South Canberra inches ahead north in ACT vaccine race
Molonglo leads the charge with 78 percent, while Gungahlin is behind at 63 percent.
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2021-10-07T16: 24: 00 + 11: 00
Southerners have rushed out to be vaccinated at a faster rate than those living in northern Canberra, with close to 80 per cent double dose in the southern suburbs.
Southern Canberra had a double-vaccinated rate of 78 percent of residents over the age of 16 at the start of the week compared to northern Canberra’s 58 percent.
Molonglo led the charge at 78 per cent, followed by Weston Creek at 77 per cent and Woden Valley at 76 per cent, according to the latest Australian immunization register and data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
In the north, Belconnen had a vaccination rate of 65 percent, while Gungahlin was behind at 63 percent.
Although southerners may have their own opinion about their vaccine frequency superiority, the reason for their faster uptake may not be so unambiguous.
According to data from 2020, the south has a higher proportion, 16.9 percent, of residents over the age of 65 – the demographic that first had access to a vaccine – against 11.5 percent in the north.
ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said the figure was closer to 100 percent.
“I’m incredibly proud that we’re on our way to being one of the most vaccinated cities in the world against COVID-19,” Stephen-Smith said.
“When you get close to 100 percent, there will not be many places that exceed it.”
Stephen-Smith said the astonishing vaccine intake had exceeded ACT Health’s expectations.
Stephen-Smith said it would take a few more days to reach that benchmark.
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