Representatives from Australia’s state and federal governments have urged all residents aged 50 and over to sign up and get the COVID vaccine.
Earlier this month, all states and territories began vaccinating people aged 50+, as part of Phase 2a of the national rollout.
Locals can now receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at any Commonwealth or state-run vaccination clinic.
Newly elected Riverton MLA Dr Jags Krishnan, who received his first dose during the 1B phase, is encouraging everyone to support the #RollUp4WA campaign.
“We have gone through the hard yards of borders, lockdowns, and restrictions,” he said.
“Every West Aussie’s sense of civic duty has shown through, and we have all pulled our weight during the crisis.
“The next major hurdle we face in this pandemic is to all become inoculated against COVID.
“I would urge all who are eligible to do the right thing and receive their safe and free vaccination.”
Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire was thrilled to get booked-in for his first dose of the vaccine, at 9.05am on May 12.
“My message to anyone hesitating over getting the vaccine is that they should do their bit to protect themselves and their family,” Mr Tallentire said.
Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai and Southern River MLA Terry Healy, who have yet to receive their first doses, said they were both looking forward to the experience.
“We should all aim to look after one another at this time,” Mr Mubarakai said.
“Getting vaccinated is one of those good community-spirit things you can do, whereby protecting yourself can also mean helping your neighbour.”
On May 25, the federal government was proud to launch its new online booking option for vaccinations.
Citizens aged 50+ can call 13 COVID (13 26843) or visit covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility to book their first appointments today.