Government must target areas with low vaccination rates


Canberra Liberals Leader and Member for Kurrajong Elizabeth Lee is calling on the Labor-Greens Government to target areas of the ACT that are falling behind on vaccination rates.

Federal Government data from 3 October show that only 52 per cent of residents in Canberra East (including Pialligo, Symonston, Oaks Estate and Majura) have had their first dose of a COVID vaccine, and only 36.3 per cent have received their second dose.

“Canberrans have been extraordinary in getting vaccinated and we should be rightly proud of our high vaccination rates," Ms Lee said.

"We are, however, concerned at the low vaccination rates in the suburbs of Oaks Estate and Symonston in my electorate of Kurrjong, and the health impacts this may have on these residents as restrictions start to ease.

“These figures fall well below both the national average and the Territory average.

“Shadow Minister for Health Giulia Jones and I have written twice now to the Health Minister and Chief Minister and are yet to receive a response from either of them.

“With the restrictions in NSW easing today and East Canberra’s proximity to the border, we must be proactive to ensure that our vulnerable Canberrans do not fall through the cracks.

“The ACT Labor-Greens Government needs to act to make sure that all Canberrans are able to access vaccinations as soon as possible.

"I acknowledge the Chief Minister has undertaken to prioritise vaccinations for this cohort of Canberrans and I look forward to seeing this happen as a matter of priority,” Ms Lee concluded.