ACT records 13 new COVID-19 infections, as vaccination bookings open for 12-15-year-olds

The ACT has recorded 13 new COVID-19 cases.Of the new cases, only two were in quarantine for their entire infectious period.Ten people spent some time in the community while infectious, while the isolation status of one person is still under investigation.There are nine people with COVID-19 in hospital in the ACT, with three in intensive care and one person on a ventilator. Earlier this morning, Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith confirmed that from next Monday, September 20, people aged 12-15 can book future appointments at ACT government clinics.Overnight, a handful of new close and casual-contact exposure sites were also listed on the ACT’s COVID-19 website, including a specialist school for children with disabilities, a childcare centre and an Aboriginal health service. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says bsuinesses found to repeatedly breach COVID-19 rules will be closed.(ABC News: Ian Cutmore)While announcing the new cases, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr had a harsh warning for companies that were not complying with public health orders.He said that out of 10 businesses COVID-19 compliance teams visited yesterday, eight were found to not be following the public health orders.”This is a problem. We are now moving beyond warnings. Repeat offenders will have to be closed,” he said.”The purpose of the public health orders is to protect the community… and if we can’t, this far into the pandemic and this far into the lockdown have compliance levels incredibly high, we are beyond the point of issuing warnings.”Canberrans aged 12 to 15 able to book vaccinationsMr Barr said this week the ACT was expected to pass various vaccination milestones.He said 50 per cent of the population aged over 12 would be fully vaccinated by the end of the week, and 75 per cent of the population aged over 12 would have received their first dose of a vaccine.From next Monday, September 20, people aged 12-15 can book future appointments at ACT government clinics, the Chief Minister confirmed.But Mr Barr encouraged people in the age group to book at GPs through the Commonwealth’s primary care program, due to limited Pfizer appointments at mass vaccination clinics before November.”As I’ve just outlined, we have a lot of 16-29-year-olds still to vaccinate,” he said.”There are alternatives though, parents can arrange their child’s vaccination through a local GP providing Pfizer or through a pharmacist providing Moderna once it arrives in the ACT.”It is worth looking around to find the quickest path to getting vaccinated.”More to come. 

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