WA Premier Mark McGowan said the government was making arrangements to have all Year 11 and 12 students vaccinated before they finished school in the coming weeks.
“We’re very keen to get students vaccinated, young people vaccinated, as soon as we can,” he said.
“We try to get as many vaccines to that cohort as quickly as possible.
“The problem is the Year 11 and 12 students are nearing the end.
“It’s a bit of a race against time to get our Year 11 and 12 students vaccinated while we still have some control.”
Mr McGowan said the government was looking at dedicating specific appointments and times at vaccination hubs for Year 11 and 12s.
With Pfizer vaccinations opening to 12 to 15-year-olds across Australia tomorrow, the Premier encouraged parents to book in vaccinations for their children.
“I’d urge parents to make a time for that group of young people,” he said.
“I certainly will with my children.”
Mr McGowan further implored all WA residents to protect themselves against the virus.
“Please just go and get vaccinated,” he said.
“I can’t guarantee that the virus won’t come back in.”
“We could have an outbreak, and if we do, you will wish you were vaccinated. So please, go and get vaccinated now.”
Mr McGowan said about up to 58 per cent of the eligible population in WA had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, while around 38 per cent had received a second dose.
Mr McGowan said he wouldn’t be rushed to make a decision about opening up the state to the rest of the country, saying
“There’s this headlong rush about these things in Sydney and Melbourne, but that’s because Sydney and Melbourne are in lockdown.
“And that’s because so many people in Sydney don’t think there’s an Australia outside of Sydney.”
The state recorded a third active COVID-19 case today, a returned traveler in hotel quarantine, like the other two.