Most vaccinated Indigenous community in Central Australia passes 94 per cent first COVID-19 dose

The low rate of COVID-19 vaccinations in Indigenous Australians continues to cause concern for politicians desperate to reopen borders, but one community near Alice Springs has turned that on its head with 94 per cent of the eligible population having received at least one dose.

About 200 people live in Areyonga, also known as Utju, a small Indigenous community nestled in a sandstone valley in the MacDonnell Ranges, 170 kilometres west of Alice Springs.

While only 36 per cent of Indigenous people in the Northern Territory outside Darwin have been double vaccinated, and 47 per cent of First Nations people have been double vaccinated nationally, Utju is well on its way to full coverage.


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