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We’re No3 in Australia!

  • Vaccinations
Wednesday, 04 Aug 2021

We’re over the moon to learn today that our SWH COVID vaccination rates are the third highest in Australia and the second highest in Victoria!

We’ve so far given first doses to 51.6% of everyone eligible in the Warrnambool and southwest region.
Bendigo Health is leading the 1st dose race for the nation, on 52.6. North Sydney + Hornsby is second on 51.9. Barwon Health is fourth on 51.4.
None of this would have been achieved without all of us working together to help stop the spread of this deadly pandemic. Thank you to those who’ve so far been vaccinated, those booked in to be vaccinated, and those giving the vaccinations (the staff in our vaccination teams, and our screening teams, rock!)
CEO Craig Fraser has applauded these amazing results and is now encouraging the remaining 49.4% of eligible locals who haven’t yet had their first dose of Astra Zeneca or Pfizer to do so.
‘The more people vaccinated, the safer our entire community will be, and the quicker we’ll be allowed to do some of the things so many of us have really missed, like moving around Australia or overseas travel. It’s great to see the willingness of people wanting to be vaccinated and I encourage everyone who hasn’t been vaccinated to keep trying to book in. We realise supply is limited but these latest figures demonstrate we are getting there.’
For the full Geographic Vaccination Rates report go to
TO BOOK YOUR VACCINATION APPOINTMENT (for Pfizer and Astra Zeneca) go to the COVID-19 VACCINATIONS section on the homepage of our website at If you experience any booking-related issue please call the national COVID Support Line on 1800 965 144
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has recommended Pfizer is the preferred COVID-19 vaccine for adults under 60 years old. For adults aged 60 and above, we continue to provide the Astra Zeneca vaccine.
As of August 2, state-run vaccination centres (like our SWH Warrnambool Vaccination Centre and our Camperdown Vaccination Clinic) are now administering second doses of Pfizer vaccine at least six weeks AFTER the first dose has been administered (not three weeks after, which was the case until August 2). There are a couple of exceptions to this rule: (1) People who, before August 2, successfully booked their second Pfizer dose can still attend this appointment as planned, and (2) a second Pfizer dose within three weeks of their first dose is also available to priority groups including hotel, quarantine and border workers; frontline healthcare workers who work at COVID streaming hospitals who are required to be fully vaccinated; and correctional facilities workers and clients.
The reason the time between the two Pfizer shots has been extended, from three weeks to 6+ weeks, is to give everyone eligible for Pfizer the chance to have their 1st. This will help stop Pfizer supply being exhausted by second-dose administering. The sooner we’re all first-dosed, the better.

Page last updated: 4 August 2021

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