Mark McGowan warns Western Australia’s unvaccinated population life is about to ‘get very difficult’ – as the state reports three new cases
- Mark McGowan warns unvaccinated population life is about to get ‘very difficult’
- Western Australia recorded three new Covid cases on Monday – all in isolation
- State is set to drop its hard borders to rest of the country on February 5
- Unvaccinated residents locked out of all cafes, pubs, restaurants and gyms
Mark McGowan has warned Western Australia’s unvaccinated population their lives are about to get ‘very difficult’ as he prepares to open the border.
WA recorded three new Covid cases on Monday, but all were already in isolation and were not infectious in the community.
In the lead up to the state re-opening on February 5, Mr McGowan said residents who are unvaccinated won’t be able to enjoy the same freedoms as their innoculated counterparts.
‘Life is about to get very difficult for you… it’s a big encouragement to go and get yourself vaccinated’ he said during a press conference on Monday.
Mark McGowan has warned Western Australia’s unvaccinated population their lives are about to get ‘very difficult’ and will be locked out of all venues in the state
Mr McGowan said the state has successfully navigated through a Delta cluster and its two latest Omicron outbreaks, but said the virus would continue to find its way into WA.
‘With the sheer number of cases in the rest of the country right now, it is placing pressure on supply chains across a number of industries,’ he said.
As the state moves closer to 90 per cent vaccination rates, Mr McGowan said the eastern states are proof of what will happen if people continue to reject the jab.
‘Over east, the intensive care units are filled with the unvaccinated… even though that’s a tiny proportion of the population, they are hugely over-represented,’ he said.
‘[The unvaccinated] will be able to work in some limited industries, they’ll be able to go to supermarkets and get essential supplies and alike, but a lot of the things we take for granted and the things we enjoy, they won’t be able to do and that’s because we want to protect them and save their lives, and we want to protect other people from their transmissibility.’
As the state moves closer to 90 per cent vaccination rates, Mr McGowan said the eastern states are proof of what will happen if people continue to reject the jab
The state will launch its vaccine passport app on Tuesday, with unvaccinated unable to enter all pubs, cafes, restaurants and gyms, as statewide restrictions remain on nightclubs and large venues.
Rapid antigen tests were finally approved for use in Western Australia on Monday after the federal government said RATs would designate a positive infection in an effort to stem wait time for PCR results.
Mr McGowan has requested residents only use the tests when there are high numbers of Covid cases in the state to help supply.
The state also made children under the age of 12 eligible for the vaccine on Monday, with the new school year moving closer.
Western Australia are moving towards the 90 per cent vaccination rate and the re-opening of its borders to the rest of the country
The February 5 re-opening date remains the biggest day on the West Australian calendar however, with a reluctant Mr McGowan again highlighting the issues that will come with uniting with the rest of Australia.
‘Nothing is perfect with Covid, as you’ve seen over east, problems and issues develop,’ he said.
‘Things will happen that won’t be great, things won’t be perfect, but the good thing is we’ve been able to get our vaccination rate right up, but we need to get it up more.’