Aboriginal health services are struggling to increase vaccination in Mildura’s indigenous people

“I don’t care if it’s the state or the federal or local government – someone has to be held accountable,” she said. “I do not know who is to blame, but again, our society is in trouble.”

According to the latest available federal government data on native vaccination, Victoria’s northwestern region, including Mildura, is the second lowest in the state with 60.2 percent single-dose coverage and 33.3 percent double-dose.

About 83.7 percent of the local government area in the entire population of Mildura had received a dose on Friday, slightly below the state average of 85.2 percent.

Ms Turfey said those numbers may be much higher given the influx of people who had come out to be vaccinated since the incident occurred and the region entered into a seven-day lockdown at the end of last week.

The Federal Ministry of Health said the COVID-19 vaccination task force, Operation COVID Shield, had increased the supply of vaccines and offered additional support for testing in response to the growing outbreak in Mildura.

“The government’s approach in northern and northwestern New South Wales increased vaccination rates from around 40 per cent to 70 per cent in a matter of weeks. This successful approach has guided the broader acceleration plan, ”said a spokesman for the department.

The Task Force is also working with the Australia-wide advisory group and community to identify further ways in which the government can provide support to ensure that every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander has the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For example, through setting up pop-up clinics, facilitating family vaccination days and providing local engagement teams to help with training. ”

COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said additional health personnel had been deployed to Mildura.

COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said additional health personnel had been deployed to Mildura. Credit:Scott McNaughton

Meanwhile, COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said the state government had deployed extra staff to Mildura to help the community, including the health care system, cope with growing COVID-19 cases.

Unlike in Shepparton, where nearly half of the city was forced to isolate due to being on exposure sites, Weimar said authorities had a more targeted approach to reducing the impact on services.

“Our healthcare services now have unique experiences and how we use PVP in general maintains COVID security, therefore we generally have a low number of healthcare professionals who are COVID-positive at this time and that is how we manage the healthcare services , ”Said Weimar.

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