Special COVID-19 vaccination arrangements rolled out for year 11, 12 students in WA [Jessica Warriner] Western Australia is pushing to get young people vaccinated as soon as possible, with arrangements being urgently rolled out to get Year 11 and 12 students through the doors of clinics.Key points: – Special vaccination arrangements will be in place for senior students – The Pfizer vaccine is also being made available for children aged between 12 and 15 – The Premier says the Pfizer jab should be available to over 60s soon Premier Mark McGowan said the state government wanted to get students vaccinated as quickly as possible.”The vaccine commander, Commissioner Chris Dawson, will be looking to set aside special slots and walk-in times at our vaccine clinics, to allow Year 11 and 12 students to just go in and get themselves vaccinated,” he said.”[We’re trying to] get to that group of people before they leave school and it becomes harder to access them.” “The Year 11 and 12 students are nearing the end, they’re only going to be at school for a matter of weeks.
“It’s a bit of a race against time.” Premier urges parents to book jabs Appointments will also open up for 12 to 15-year-olds from Monday.Mr McGowan urged parents to lock in slots for their children as quickly as possible.”I’d urge parents to make a time, I certainly will with my children,” he said.”It’s very important for them and their future.” Pfizer for over 60s ‘not far away’ As South Australia prepares to open up Pfizer vaccines to all people over 12, Mr McGowan said he did not think it would be far away in WA — depending on Commonwealth supply.
Health officials in South Australia are hoping the announcement will reduce vaccine hesitancy in over 60s.Mr McGowan said the government had been looking at the move for some time, but it was dependent on supply.”When we can set a date when [over 60s are] eligible for Pfizer, we will — it won’t be far away,” he said.”But I encourage everyone in the meantime, please just go and get vaccinated.
“I can’t guarantee the virus won’t come back in … the sooner we get everyone vaccinated, the better off we’ll be.” About 58 per cent of West Australians over the age of 16 have had their first COVID-19 jab, with 38 per cent fully vaccinated.Pandemic sees big drop in public transport commuters Mr McGowan also announced a series of initiatives to boost public transport patronage, which has been significantly down since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.This includes limiting fares to two zones from January 1.”What we saw over COVID was a decline in public transport use, like every city in the world,” Mr McGowan said.”We want to get more people using public transport.”Whether it’s Byford, Joondalup, Yanchep, Dawesville, Mandurah, you’ll only pay two zones – for someone from Dawesville, this will result in a $3,000 a year saving.” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the network was running at around 80 to 85 per cent of its pre-COVID figures.
The minister attributed part of this to online university lectures and people working from home.Many commuters are still choosing the car over a train, bus or ferry post-COVID – traffic on the major road network is around 2 per cent higher.Tag-on system to be upgraded The Smartrider system is also flagged for an upgrade.
Commuters are on track to be able to tag on with a bank card or phone by 2023, as is already the case in a number of cities around the world.”The budget contains $15 million this financial year for the rollout of new equipment and technology,” Ms Saffioti said.Minister defends new line delays The State Budget flagged delays to two key Metronet rail projects – the Thornlie to Cockburn link and the Yanchep rail extension.These are now due for completion in late 2024 and late 2023 respectively.
Ms Saffioti said it was a challenging environment and said Ellenbrook was still on target for 2024.”Everyone who’s been trying to get any work done knows there’s significant skills issues and supply chain impacts around the world associated with COVID,” she said.”We’re confident the targets we’ve set are the ones we’ll deliver.” Related Stories More on coronavirus Top Stories Popular Now – 1.- 2.- 3.- 4.- 5.