Why a regional QLD community is miles ahead in the vaccine uptake
While Queensland lags behind the nation in terms of the vaccination rollout, there’s one community along the border that’s leading the charge.
The Goondiwindi government area is Queensland’s most COVID-protected area with 76.7 per cent of residents aged 15 or above having had at least one dose of a vaccine.
Mayor of Goondiwindi Regional Council, Lawrence Spingborg, said the community was taking the virus very seriously.
“We were given an opportunity, and from our community’s perspective, never ever look a gift horse in the mouth, and basically we have grasped it not only only with two hands but with both feet as well,” he told Scott Emerson.
“We started a few months ago with our medical centres having access to vaccine, albeit somewhat limited, and then we were given an opportunity at the end of June with a vaccination clinic that was run by Darling Downs Health, they contacted me and said ‘we’ve got this but we are not sure how to promote it’ and I said ‘you leave it with me, and we will get you uptake and we will get you awareness’.
He said they had an “extraordinary turn out” and he predicted it wouldn’t be long until they hit the 70 per cent vaccination target.
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