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The ACT has stopped reporting vaccination rates above 99 percent to avoid confusion and anomalies when its official figures exceed 100 percent in the coming days. ACT Health said Canberra’s first dose was ticking above 99 percent Thursday night, based on estimates from the Treasury Department from June. This figure used the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2016 census data as a basis before taking into account natural increase and changes in overseas migration. However, as the territory stroked for full coverage, small inaccuracies that are inevitable in all projections have increased the likelihood that its official rate will exceed 100 percent. Commonwealth vaccination rates were determined by comparing plugs logged on the Australian Immunization Registry with 2019 population estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: The Commonwealth has stopped reporting specific percentages above a 95 percent threshold to avoid anomalies caused by delays in population data. “Since the ABS Estimated Resident Population does not detect real-time changes to the population, these coverage rates may exceed 100 percent,” a spokesman said. They admitted the inability to track real-time population shifts in particular could skew numbers in certain age groups, but said states and territories in general had been consistent in their reporting. Considering the ACT Treasury in June, the area’s population estimated at 431,826, leaving a maximum of only 4,300 inhabitants without a first dose. Commonwealth data showed ACT dose rates above 95 percent in each age group 25 years or older. But the number dropped to just 78 percent among 20- to 24-year-olds. Prime Minister Andrew Barr on Wednesday reduced the prospect of the ACT’s official rate exceeding 100 per cent, saying that an underestimation of the over 50 population was negated by an overestimation of the 20 to 24 range. “I think the two balance each other, so our 98.5 [per cent] is a true 98.5, “he said. It is not a statistical ingenuity because they have assessed that we have more university students than we actually have at the moment. “ACT Health-estimated NSW residents accounted for about 12 percent of the vaccines administered in the territory. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: State and territory coverage figures were linked to a patient’s Medicare account, meaning those living in Queanbeyan, but vaccinated in ACT, was added to the NSW list.But using Medicare accounts relied on up-to-date addresses, which could pose particular problems among more mobile young populations.Australian National University demographer Liz Allen said ACT’s data apparently reflected where vaccine recipients actually lived. But she warned that comparing vaccinations to population estimates had drawbacks, especially if they “It is not surprising that the government would choose a data point and stick to it: it avoids the constant movement of targets,” she said. she said. “[But] the hassle of locking in one [population estimate] the basis for the roll-out of vaccines is that data in areas with major changes are potentially unacceptable, the farther it is from the census. “Dr. Allen said the area’s population had” changed markedly “since COVID-19 began.” “Thousands of people have left the territory recently, specifically overseas migrants and international students who tend to be in working age,” she said. people who needed their first plug.In the week of September 13, there were 15,561 first dose bookings made through ACT’s mass vaccination clinics and walk-in clinics on AIS.It dropped to only 3161 in the week beginning October 4. Our journalists work hard delivering local, up-to-date news to the community How to continue accessing our trusted content:

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