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95 percent vaccinated in ACT

October 31, 2021 — BarryK

In the ACT (Australian Capital Territory), over 95% of those age 16 and over have had their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, 92% have had the second dose. 

In NSW (New South Wales), the most populous State in Australia, 93.5% have had the first dose and 87.5% have had two doses. Statistics from here:

I find these statistics to be very interesting, as the Grattan Institute predicted that 10% of the population are "entrenched ant-vaxxers":

The ACT I can understand, as that has the capital city, Canberra, and a lot of public servants. But NSW has a very diverse population, blue collar workers, many ethnic communities.

There has been an outbreak of Covid-19 in NSW and the ACT, which has scared many, but perhaps what has chipped away at the resolve of many anti-vaxxers have been reports of what it is like in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) of hospitals, and personal reports of the effect of long-covid. For example:

And then there are the ACT and NSW governments mandating proof of vaccination to attend some venues. And also mandating that workers in certain areas must be vaccinated. All of these will be contributing to that high vaccination percentage.

I am wary of statistics, as that old saying goes, "There are lies, damn lies and then there are statistics". I thought that quote originated from Mark Twain, but not so:

Oh, I like this one, from the above link, a lawyer advising a client:

"There are three sorts of liars, the common or garden liar, the damnable liar, and lastly the expert"

Note, I have had both doses of Pfizer vaccine. The first dose, had no side-effects, not even a sore arm. Second dose was 5 weeks after the first, 4 days ago, still no symptoms, except a very slight soreness at the site of injection. Very slight, hardly noticeable.


More articles about, and personal experiences of, long-covid:      

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