There was only one new covid case reported in the Northern Rivers today.
This case is in the Lismore LGA and is linked to a known case and is under investigation.
The North Coast community is expected to be 90% fully vaccinated by mid-November.
As travel restrictions ease across NSW from Monday, November 1 and visitors come to the area, let’s take a look at our vaccination rates.
- Richmond Valley has 68.6% of its residents full vaccinated with 91% having had one jab only.
- Kyogle has a 69.3% full vaccination rate and 89.4% one dose only.
- Clarence Valley is at 74.2% full vaccinated and 93.4% single dose.
The lowest vaccination rates on the North Coast are in Byron with 63.5% fully vaccinated.
Port Macquarie has the highest rate at 85.3%.
Healthy North Coast’s latest figures show that first doses across the region are currently at 92% and second doses – meaning fully vaccinated – are at 74%.
Healthy North Coast’s Julie Sturgess said the region’s first dose coverage was tracking above the national average and was on par with the NSW rate.
“Second dose coverage is still a bit behind the NSW rate, however this is to be expected as the North Coast is playing catch up due to earlier supply constraints,” Ms Sturgess said.
Covid vaccines are now available for children aged 12-14 years.
Nationally, 69% of children in this age group are vaccinated with their first dose and 34% are vaccinated with two doses.
‘With the imminent return of tourism to our region, it is more important than ever for all members of our community to have the opportunity to be vaccinated, as we know the virus will continue to circulate,’ Ms Sturgess said.
From Monday, fully vaccinated Australians will be able to travel internationally.