COVID-19 vaccinations by LGA show the successes, hide the challenges to come
Vaccination rates vary between LGAs. For example, in Greater Sydney, the range in early September was from 52.9% in Sydney (C) to 79.4% in Ku-ring-gai; for those fully vaccinated, it was from 28.4% in Cumberland to 53.3% in Ku-ring-gai.
Rates also vary within LGAs. Randwick LGA had a first vaccination rate of 59.3% at 13 September . Within Randwick, however, first vaccination rates vary from 50 to 59% in postcode 2032 to 70 to 79% in postcodes 2031, 2034, 2035 and 2036 . The fully vaccinated rate in the LGA was 36.0%, with a range at the postcode level from a low of 30 to 39% in postcodes 2032 and 2033, to 40 to 49% in postcodes 2031, 2034, 2035 and 2036.
The difference in rates of those fully vaccinated and those with at least one dose in Canterbury-Bankstown provides an example of the achievements in increasing vaccination rates across an LGA. Although there is a gap in those fully vaccinated between postcode 2190 (20 to 29% coverage) and 2214 (50 to 59% coverage), all of the postcodes in the LGA have first does rates of 70 to 79% or 80 to 89%.
Although data are not available for several regional LGAs, in some cases postcode data are available and reveal similar variations to those shown for Randwick. For example, Central Darling LGA has variations in first vaccination rates from a low of 50 to 59% in postcode 2836 to 80 to 89% in postcode 2879; the range for those fully vaccinated is from 30 to 49% in postcode 2836 to 50 to 59% in postcode 2879.
Differences like this are common across Greater Sydney and regional NSW and show the challenge to be faced if the state is to achieve a high vaccination rate across population groups. Dr Kerry Chant has said there needs to be a "strong equity focus" in order to achieve the 90 per cent target. This is borne out by the variations within LGAs shown here, and by the data here which show vaccination rates together with some indicators of socioeconomic disadvantage.
The variations for other NSW LGAs are available at the links below for:
Source: The source postcode data at 13 September are available here (note that these data are updated each Tuesday and Friday, so may vary from what is shown in this analysis) and the source LGA data at 6 September are available here.
- At https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-27/how-australia-could-become-world-most-covid-vaccinated-country/100410504, last accessed 14 September 2021.
- LGA data at 6 September, at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/find-the-facts-about-covid-19#map-of-nsw-vaccinations-by-home-postcode-and-lga, last accessed 14 September 2021.
- Postcode data at 13 September 2021, at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/find-the-facts-about-covid-19#map-of-nsw-vaccinations-by-home-postcode-and-lga, last accessed 14 September 2021.