Queensland is the worst-performing state, with 64.5 per cent of eligible residents boosted, while the ACT has the best coverage (79.9 per cent). The booster rate is 55 per cent for Indigenous Australians nationally.
Information campaigns are being rolled out, but there is a persistent problem with the slow uptake rate by under-65s.
“They have ended a range of supports that have helped Australians through the pandemic and have been forced to backflip on the pandemic leave disaster payment,” she told AAP.
“With no explanation and no apparent advice or modelling to support their decisions, 70 COVID-related telehealth items, free RATS for concession card holders and aged care homes, and Operation COVID Shield have all ended.”
Victoria’s health system ‘weathering’ COVID-19 storm
Any potential impact of their decisions will therefore not be reflected until the next quarterly data batch.
“That is 21,000 more Victorians waiting in pain with their health deteriorating,” she said.