BASS Coast Shire had the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Gippsland and the fifth-highest in Victoria based on first dose alone, according to the federal government’s Local Government Area (LGA) Geographic Vaccine Rates.

As of September 13, in Bass Coast, 79.9 per cent of the population aged 15 and over have had their first dose of a vaccine and 52.3 per cent are fully vaccinated with two doses.

In South Gippsland Shire, 74.4 per cent of the population aged 15 and over have had their first dose of a vaccine and 46 per cent are fully vaccinated with two doses.

The impressive figures come as Bass Coast Health (BCH) delivered its 20,000th vaccine on Friday, September 17, with Lila Switzer, 13, being the 20,000th person to be vaccinated at Wonthaggi Town Hall.

“We are overwhelmed with pride at having such a high vaccination rate in our community and wish to thank people for being vaccinated to improve their own safety and also the safety of the community as we continue to endure the pandemic,” BCH chief executive Jan Child said.

“To give 20,000 doses of the COVID vaccine to our community is a remarkable feat and I wish to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our Community Vaccination Clinic staff who have given significant time and effort in establishing the clinic, navigating new eligibility and ensuring our most vulnerable have been prioritised.”

BCH administered 1972 COVID vaccinations for the period September 13-18, and as of September 18, had administered 20,327 vaccines.

To book a COVID vaccination, call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or online at portal.cvms.vic.gov.au, or pop into the Town Hall for your AstraZeneca jab.