ACT records 13 new cases of COVID-19, with eight infectious in the community

15/09/2021 5:00:00 AM

ACT records 13 new cases of COVID-19, with eight infectious in the community

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ACT records 13 new cases of COVID-19, with eight infectious in the community

The ACT records 13 new cases of COVID-19, as the territory braces for another month of lockdown.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr announces the territory has recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19.ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said yesterday was another strong day of vaccinations for the territory."Today we will reach 75 per cent of the population aged 12 and over with at least one dose of a vaccine," Mr Barr said.

"This number will continue to grow in the coming weeks, with around 70,000 people still waiting on a first dose through an ACT government clinic."Mr Barr said 12-15-year-olds would be able to book for a Pfizer vaccination at ACT government clinics from next week.

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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said yesterday was another strong day of vaccinations for the territory. "Today we will reach 75 per cent of the population aged 12 and over with at least one dose of a vaccine," Mr Barr said. "This next month is a period of uncertainty and the next few weeks will be challenging," Mr Barr said. "This number will continue to grow in the coming weeks, with around 70,000 people still waiting on a first dose through an ACT government clinic. Credit: Scott McNaughton St Vincent’s, which operates 16 public and private hospitals across Victoria, NSW and Queensland, said it will require all staff, volunteers and contractors to be vaccinated." Mr Barr said 12-15-year-olds would be able to book for a Pfizer vaccination at ACT government clinics from next week. (Getty) He has urged people to continue getting vaccinated. "Soon we will have administered first doses to everyone who wants one. But they’re already being used by us in aged care homes, on departure from overseas in India.

And then the balance of the vaccination program will shift to second doses – and it will significantly pick up pace," he said. Mr Barr said financial support would be extended in line with the lockdown to support those struggling. Vaccine uptake was already high among the workforce, Mr Hall said, with 70 per cent of St Vincent’s Health staff already fully vaccinated. "When the nation moves forward with the national plan and crosses the 70 per cent vaccination threshold in mid-late October, and the 80 per cent vaccination threshold in early-mid November, the ACT's vaccination program will put our city in a very strong position to gradually reopen. "We will support the work that is being undertaken nationally and locally to achieve a COVID-normal life as soon as is possible. "The previously-announced land tax and commercial rates relief will now be doubled and extended until 31 December 2021." But Mr Barr acknowledged yesterday's announcement that the lockdown would be extended was difficult to hear for some Canberrans. The new policy from St Vincent’s will mean its Victorian staff who have not yet been vaccinated will be forced to get the jab if they want to keep working. "This is one of the toughest moments in our city's history, and I want people to know it is okay to reach out and ask for help if you need it," Mr Barr said. (9News) "We will increase the utilities concession to $1000 in this current fiscal year, 21-22. Home testing kits, along the lines of those used in the UK, are banned in Australia.

"There will be better times ahead for Canberra. "Our vaccination milestones are in sight, and our objective through all of this is to keep our community safe and to work towards a safe and happy Christmas, and summer holiday period for everyone. The Chief Health Officer has advised on students returning to school, and the government has determined Year 12 students who have had priority access to vaccinations over the last two weeks will return to on-campus learning from the start of term 4, October 5. Mr Hall said only a “very small” number of employees may be resistant or have “specific sensitivities” to the mandate." ACT health authorities say they are concerned that there are unidentified cases of COVID-19 out in the community. ( ) Unknown cases still out in community, health authorities say ACT Deputy Chief Health Officer Vanessa Johnston said due to a large number of unlinked cases, it was likely there were cases in the community that had not been found. "That's subject to the health situation not deteriorating between now and then. "We are still seeing people infectious in the community, some of whom are attending essential work while infectious," Mr Barr said. Aged care workers are already subjected to a vaccine mandate.

“If we were to relax our restrictions now, we risk this outbreak rapidly escalating when not enough of us are vaccinated and therefore we would see a proportion of cases with severe disease outcomes including hospitalisation, ICU admissions and even death. "Our goal is to get kids back to face-to-face learning as soon as it is COVID-Safe to do so and we will continue planning for the phased return to on-campus learning for pre-school to Year 10 kids in term 4," the chief minister said." Dr Johnston said it was important Canberrans stayed the course over the next few months. "We all acknowledge and respect that lockdown is hard, and acknowledge the sentiment in the community and the disappointment after yesterday’s announcement," she said. (Getty) Hospitalisations in double figures There are ten people in the ACT in hospital with coronavirus, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said. Princes Hill Secondary School staff members (left to right): Felicity Marlowe, Jamiel Sabbagh, Jessica Little, Lou D’Adam and Bernie Dineen have joined a push for mandatory vaccinations for school staff before children resume face-to-face lessons. "If we continue to do the right thing now, if we stay the course, we'll be in a much stronger position to come out of the lockdown in the weeks to come." More to come. It is not know if the two fully vaccinated people have underlying health conditions.

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