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Less than a third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people are fully vaccinated. That rate is well below the broader double-dose rate of 52 per cent in all Australians aged 16 and over.

Operation COVID Shield head Lieutenant-General John Frewen told a senate COVID-19 committee that more than 27 million doses of coronavirus vaccinations have been administered across the country.

More than 76 per cent of the eligible population aged 16 and over have had at least one dose, including 94 per cent of people over 70.

“Over 90 per cent of aged care residents have had their first dose, and over 86 per cent have had a second dose,” he said.

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In the disability sector, nearly 74 per cent of NDIS-approved workers have had a first dose, while 75.3 per cent of NDIS participants have had a first dose and 66.7 per cent have had a second dose.

Vaccination rates are lowest among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, General Frewen said, with 45.9 per cent first-dose coverage and 29.1 per cent fully vaccinated.

The general said states, territories and federal authorities have identified several priority areas for accelerating vaccines in particular communities.

“These include providing additional party doses, increased funding for vaccine staff, dedicated Aboriginal family days and Royal Flying Doctor Service targeted deployments,” he said.

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