WA increases COVID-19 funding in its budget | Liverpool City Champion

The Western Australian government will allocate an additional $1.6 billion in COVID-19 response and recovery funds in this week’s state budget.

The extra money will bring the state’s total pandemic-related spending to $11.2 billion and will cover a range of measures, including $635 million for the provision of free rapid antigen tests.

The spending pledge came on Sunday as South Australia launched a $2million advertising campaign to boost coronavirus vaccination rates, particularly for the third dose where uptake in South Africa is on point. dead.

Only about 73% of people eligible for a third dose have been bitten, despite figures showing that death rates for people on triple doses are 60.7 per 100,000 people, compared to 93.6 for people on double doses and 146.5 for the unvaccinated.

Third dose rates are even worse in Queensland at around 63%, while in New South Wales it is 66.5% and Victoria is 71.5%.

South Africa’s chief public health officer, Nicola Spurrier, said the data clearly showed that the risk of dying with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was very low in people who received a triple dose. .

“The science is absolutely crystal clear – it’s not a two-dose vaccination schedule, it’s a three-dose vaccination schedule,” she said.

“I’m very keen to stop talking about boosters, because it’s not a booster. The course is actually three doses for Omicron.”

Royal Adelaide Hospital intensive care unit doctor Mark Plummer said the unit was constantly dealing with people who were seriously ill with the virus but who were not fully vaccinated.

“What we’re tired of is having to talk to families at the bedside and regretting that we weren’t fully vaccinated,” he said.

“It’s a shocking situation. The patients are on a ventilator and they can’t speak for themselves, they’re unconscious.

“So that grief belongs to their family and that regret belongs to their family if they haven’t been fully vaccinated.”

In Thursday’s WA budget, the government will allocate an additional $537 million for health services, including medical equipment and the ongoing rollout of vaccines, while $237 million will be used to support businesses, including medical services. small business grants.

There will also be $42.5 million to cover ventilation strategies in schools as well as enhanced cleaning.

“WA’s COVID experience has been unique and we owe our success to our safe handling of COVID-19, which has allowed Western Australians to live largely unrestricted, in stark contrast to the experience of Eastern States over the past two years,” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“Although the global pandemic is not over, WA has achieved a soft landing as planned by prioritizing community health and safety with responsible border policies and achieving some of the best vaccination rates in the world. world.

“Our safe and careful handling of the pandemic has kept businesses going, people working.

“As the engine room of the Australian economy, we kept the nation going at the height of the pandemic.”

LATEST 24-HOUR COVID-19 DATA:

NSW: 8,891 cases, six deaths, 1,504 in hospital including 57 in intensive care

Victoria: 8,744 cases, four deaths, 491 in hospital including 38 in intensive care

Tasmania: 733 cases, one death, 43 in hospital including one in intensive care

Western Australia: 8,747 cases, one death, 281 in hospital including eight in intensive care

Queensland: 4,673 cases, two deaths, 426 in hospital including 12 in intensive care

ACT: 788 cases, no deaths, 76 in hospital including six in intensive care

AS: 2,788 cases, five deaths, 214 in hospital including nine in intensive care

Northern Territory: 223 cases, no deaths, 38 in hospital with none in intensive care.

Australian Associated Press

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