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Best in show: Champion vaxxer town leaves the rest of the state for dust


It was named Queensland’s most liveable town a few years ago and now Goondiwindi has another claim to fame – the most vaccinated place in the state. And by a country mile.

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Latest Federal Government data released overnight shows that 74.9 per cent of the 8400 people aged over 15 in Goondiwindi are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with more than 87 per cent having at least one dose.

Goondiwindi Mayor Lawrence Springborg said he was “extremely proud to confirm that our community is now the very first in Queensland to reach that magic number of 70% of over-15s to be fully vaccinated, with more than 87% having had at least one dose”.

“This achievement cannot be overstated: not only are we setting the standard and leading the state in the national vaccine rollout, but on a local level, we’ve given our community an invaluable advantage and put ourselves in the very best possible position – especially ahead of the upcoming harvest,” he wrote in his latest community update.

The state’s next best performer is the Hinchinbrook local government area with 63.4 per cent of residents fully vaccinated, followed by Maranoa on 61.1 per cent and Brisbane on 59.6 per cent.

Indigenous communities continue to be among those towns with the lowest recorded vaccination rates.

While the data is incomplete, with no figures available for many of Queensland’s 77 local government areas, it does show that some regions are performing better than others in getting the jab.

In south-east Queensland, the next best performer after Brisbane is Noosa, where 57.7 percent of residents are fully vaccinated, followed by the Sunshine Coast (55.6 per cent), Moreton Bay (54.6 per cent), Redland (54.3) and Toowoomba (53.9)


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