Mark McGowan reveals restrictions for Pilbara, Kimberley and Goldfields if COVID-19 jab deadline missed

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Premier Mark McGowan says the Pilbara double vaccination rate is sitting at less than 50 per cent.
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan says the Pilbara double vaccination rate is sitting at less than 50 per cent. Credit: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

Pilbara, Kimberley and Goldfields residents face tough restrictions if vaccination rates in the regions do not reach the 80 per cent double-vaccination target by February 5.

The Pilbara double vaccination rate currently sits at 46.1 per cent, the lowest of any region, with the Kimberley sitting at 60.8 per cent and the Goldfields at 65 per cent.

Speaking at his Monday press conference, WA Premier Mark McGowan urged residents in the three areas to get their vaccinations or face further restrictions.

“Proof of vaccination will be extended to pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms and bottle shops,” he said.

“Masks wearing will be required at other indoor venues which do not require vaccination, such as supermarkets and roadhouses.

“No air travel into the region will be permitted for anyone who is unvaccinated and over the age of 12.”

He said he hoped the regions would avoid the restrictions.

“We need another 12,000 unvaccinated people in the Pilbara to roll-up to reach the target,” he said.

“We are most concerned about the Pilbara.

“You effectively have 33 days to get your first dose so that you can have your second before the border controls are eased.”

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