In the wake of the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Greater Shepparton, the Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Region Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to prioritise and increase vaccination capacity for the local community.
Ms Lovell’s call comes as the Federal Government released the latest vaccination data which showed that of the ten regional cities Greater Shepparton ranked ninth, well behind leaders Warrnambool, Geelong, and Bendigo.
The Warrnambool LGA leads Victoria’s regional cities on second vaccination doses, with 49.1% of the population fully vaccinated. Greater Geelong ranks second of fully vaccinated people at 46.6% while Greater Bendigo ranks third with 46.2% of residents fully vaccinated. In comparison, just 36.8% of Greater Shepparton residents are fully vaccinated.
Speaking in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell said it was no coincidence that Greater Shepparton lags behind on the vaccination rankings with its state-run vaccination facility only operating Monday to Fridays between 9am – 4.30pm with some extended hours on Tuesdays and the occasional operation on a Saturday. In contrast the Bendigo and Geelong facilities were both administrating vaccines seven days a week and the Warrnambool vaccination facility operated six days a week.
Ms Lovell said it was very concerning that Greater Shepparton ranked so low considering the recent outbreak and called on the Andrews Labor Government to ensure the operating hours of Shepparton’s state-run vaccination hub are increased to include every Saturday and Sunday vaccinations.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The recent COVID-19 outbreak in Greater Shepparton will see the number of residents wanting to be vaccinated increase and it would be disappointing if this opportunity was missed because of limited operating hours at our state-run hub.
“We need to increase our vaccination rate, and I call on the Andrews Labor Government to increase the hours at Shepparton’s state-run hub to operate every Saturday and Sunday until we reach the target of 80% of the Greater Shepparton population fully vaccinated.”