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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2021) . . Page.. 1855 ..


DR PATERSON: Minister, could you detail exactly how many vouchers were redeemed in the full rollout of CBR, and the average voucher value?

MS CHEYNE: There were 59,000 transactions that occurred, with 30,000 registered customers, and the average voucher value was $34.

Health—COVID-19 vaccination rollout

DR PATERSON: My question is to the Minister for Health: can you please provide the Assembly with an update on the status of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout from the ACT?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Dr Paterson for her question. The COVID-19 vaccination program rollout continues to progress very well in the ACT. We are ensuring that the rollout continues in an efficient and, above all, safe manner. Further to my ministerial statement, as of this morning the total number of vaccine doses administered through ACT government facilities was 73,745. Almost 25,000 people have been fully vaccinated through ACT government facilities and more than 31,000 overall in the ACT. Of course, that includes both ACT residents and those from surrounding regions and interstate, so for ACT residents, around 25,000 people have now had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

We know that older Canberrans are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. The ACT government continues to work with residential aged-care facilities on ways to increase vaccination of workers and on identifying workers who are willing to be contacted directly by the vaccine booking team to make an appointment at the Garran mass vaccination clinic. The Chief Health Officer has also written directly to each residential aged-care facility manager to encourage greater uptake of vaccinations for their workforce, and our team continues to liaise with residential aged-care facilities to ensure that this very vital workforce is getting the opportunity to be vaccinated and is encouraged to do so.

We also know that people with disabilities can be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. As a result, we have made arrangements for an access and sensory clinic at Garran, which has been very well received by the Canberra community. Since opening on 27 May the clinic has administered 320 vaccines to eligible individuals, and feedback has been extremely positive.

DR PATERSON: Minister, following yesterday’s announcement, what impact will the additional Pfizer clinic have on the rollout?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Dr Paterson for the supplementary. Of course yesterday I was pleased that the Chief Minister and I were able to make the announcement about the new Pfizer hub at Canberra Airport. This additional hub is another important step in ensuring that eligible Canberrans are able to access vaccinations as soon as possible.


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