COVID-19 vaccination rates by Local Government Area (whole population) and Regional areas (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and whole population)

Introduction

The Australian Government Department of Health releases vaccination rates by Local Government Area each week [1]. This atlas will be updated at the beginning of each month to show the latest coverage at the Local Government Area level. The atlas includes a selection of demographic and socioeconomic status indicators from the Social Health Atlas of Australia. In addition, the age-standardised rate of vaccinations per 100 population has been added, providing a better comparison of vaccination uptake between Local Government Areas with differing age structures.

Concerns have been raised about the low rates of vaccination in Aboriginal communities; these low rates are evident in regional data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people first released by the Australian Government Department of Health on 1 September 2021 and now included in this atlas, together with a selection of demographic and socioeconomic status indicators from the Social Health Atlas of Australia [2].

Variations in COVID-19 vaccination uptake by, Local Government Area

There is a very strong correlation at the Local Government Area level in all of the capital cities (other than Darwin, with too few areas to undertake the analysis) between those fully vaccinated and socioeconomic status, with R=0.8 or 0.9. It is of note, however, that at the end of August, although there were similar correlations for those with at least one dose, the relationship in Sydney was much weaker (R=0.4). This suggests that the uptake of the vaccination in more disadvantaged areas is increasing over time.

The Single map atlas shows the distribution of COVID-19 vaccination rates and a selection of population health indicators by Local Government Area for the whole population.

Correlations between the full set of indicators in the Single map atlas are available in the Double map atlas.

Data can be found here.

Variations in COVID-19 vaccination uptake for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and total population, by Regional area

Concerns have been raised as to the low rates of vaccination in Aboriginal communities; these low rates are evident in regional data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people first released by the Australian Government Department of Health on 1 September 2021 and now included in this atlas, together with a selection of demographic and socioeconomic status indicators from the Social Health Atlas of Australia.

The Single map atlas shows the distribution of COVID-19 vaccination rates and a selection of population health indicators by Statistical Area Level 4 for both Aboriginal people and the whole population.

Correlations between the indicators in the Single map atlas are available in the Double map atlas.

Data can be found here.

 

Source:  

  1. https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/covid-19-vaccination-geographic-vaccination-rates
  2. https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-geographic-vaccination-rates-sa4-indigenous-population-31-august-2021