The Parkes Shire community is stepping up to help keep us all safe with an 80% first dose vaccination rate in our sights.
Parkes is at 72.8% for the first dose, which is a little bit under the state wide 75% for the first dose.
This week Member for Riverina Michael McCormack appealed to his electorate to get the jab.
“Regional Australians are among the most resilient people in the world,” he said.
“The very worst of circumstances always brings out the very best in regional and rural people. We battle through fires and drought, storms and floods – and we do it together.
“We band together, we help our fellow community members. It is what we do.
“Now the COVID-19 pandemic is another significant challenge and, again, our regional and rural communities will rise to the occasion – together.”
Michael said the Delta strain of COVID-19 had presented a situation not experienced since the Spanish Flu pandemic more than 100 years ago.
“But we have a solution up our sleeves – it requires as many of us as possible to get the COVID-19 vaccination.
“I thank each and every person who has rolled up their sleeves for the jab and I urge and encourage those who have not yet done so to discuss your options with your GP to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith joined 11 other Mayors in the Riverina to call on residents to get vaccinated in a video released by the MP.
“It is so vital all our community get vaccinated,” said Ken, “and I encourage you to not only look after yourself, but your friends and family. Please get vaccinated!”