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WA vaccination price: State hits huge first jab threshold

Premier Mark McGowan has said thank you to West Australians, as the State hit a huge jab milestone on Saturday.

WA now has 90 per cent of all eligible West Aussies, those over the aged of the 12, having received their first dose of a COVID vaccine.

The news came as WA inches closer to the easing of border restrictions on February 5 next year.

Mr McGowan said the milestone was something “critics and the east-coast commentators said Western Australians could never do”.

“Thank you WA, we have now achieved something remarkable,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Without the virus in the community, or any restrictions in place, 90 per cent of eligible Western Australians have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“And this is for everyone that is currently eligible – 12 years of age and above.

“This means we are absolutely confident we will have the double dose vaccination rate we need for our Safe Transition Plan to be implemented from February 5.”

But the Premier did sound a note of caution on booster shots, urging those eligible to book in as soon as they are able.

“We want to get more young Western Australians vaccinated, especially before school goes back next year, including those aged 5-11 years of age,” he wrote.

“We also need everyone to get their third dose, as soon as they are eligible, which is five months after your second dose.

“The evidence from over east is clear – when borders are eased, COVID will inevitably follow.

“But what is also clear is that when it does arrive in Western Australia, you must be vaccinated.

“Being vaccinated reduces the likelihood of you catching or spreading the disease.

“And if you do catch it, it will be far less severe.”

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