Wellington Shire tracking ahead of state average on vaccination

Wellington Shire is tracking ahead of the state average on COVID-19 vaccination.

On Sunday, Wellington Shire tipped over the 85 per cent first dose vaccination mark, with 60 per cent already receiving their second.

With an eligible population of 36,486, this means only 5472 people are yet to receive their first dose in Wellington Shire.

While Wellington Shire is tracking ahead of the state average (82.32 per cent first dose, 52.62 per cent second dose), it is lagging behind its Gippsland neighbours.

Bass Coast (93.9 per cent first dose, 64 per cent second dose) is the most vaccinated local government area in Gippsland, followed by East Gippsland (89 per cent first dose, 63.5 per cent second dose), South Gippsland (88.2 per cent first dose, 59.2 per cent second) and

Baw Baw (85 per cent first dose, 55.7 per cent second) shires.

Wellington Shire’s vaccination coverage is still higher than Latrobe City’s, which has 79.3 per cent of its residents first dose vaccinated, and 48.9 per cent fully vaccinated – the lowest figure of all regional local government areas.

Overall, Latrobe-Gippsland has 85.7 per cent of its population first dosed, and 57.3 per cent fully vaccinated.

This is slightly ahead of Victoria’s rate, which sat at 82.32 per cent first dosed on Sunday.

Across Victoria, the least vaccinated age group are those under 40 – particularly 20 to 30-year-olds – while the most vaccinated age group are those above 70.

There are currently three active COVID-19 cases in Wellington Shire, and no exposure sites.