Vaccination rates continue to rise as Hilltops outbreak comes under control

Hilltops Mayor, Councillor Brian Ingram.
Hilltops Mayor, Councillor Brian Ingram.

More than 95 per cent of residents over the age of 15 years in the Hilltops local government area (LGA) have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination according to the latest data.

According to the Federal Government's Department of Health, of the eligible population, or 14,962 residents, 74.7 per cent have received a second dose.

It comes as the outbreak in the Hilltops LGA has seemingly come under control, with Young recording no COVID cases since the beginning of October.

It brings the total number of cases in the Hilltops LGA during this current outbreak to 25.

Hilltops Mayor, Councillor Brian Ingram, recently thanked the community for all they had done when the shire was forced back into lockdown during September.

"On behalf of Hilltops Council I would like to express my thanks to the people of Hilltops," Mr Ingram said.

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"The way our community has pulled together to face the challenges of COVID-19 has been very pleasing."

Mr Ingram said that he has not been surprised by the resilience and the way the local community had come together to deal with the situation.

"I thank each and every person who has followed Public Health Orders, everyone who has come forward for testing and everyone who has done everything within their power to reduce the spread and keep our community safe," Cr Ingram said.

"I take this opportunity to remind everyone that our biggest strength as a community is our resilience and our spirit, and that is what will get us through this challenge.

"Stay safe and take care of yourselves and each other," Cr Ingram said.

In terms of vaccination, Weddin Shire Council is tracking the best across the region with over 95 per cent of the population aged 15 years and over having received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 77.2 per cent having received their second dose.

Next best in the area is Cootamundra-Gundagai Council who have over 95 per cent of its eligible population over 15 years of age having had their first dose and 76.7 per cent have been fully vaccinated.

The worst performing areas are Temora who have yet to reach the double vaccinated 70 per cent mark.

At the time of publication, 92.1 per cent of Temora Council residents aged 15 and over had received their first dose however only 64.7 per cent had been fully vaccinated.

Parkes and Forbes are pretty close in their numbers with 91.5 per cent of Parkes residents having received their first dose and 72.7 per cent having received their second dose.

Forbes residents' first dose was sitting at 91.8 per cent while second dose was 74.2 per cent.

Cowra Shire is tracking a little better with over 95 per cent of its residents 15 and over having received its first dose and 72.6 per cent of the 10,456 eligible population having received their second dose.

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