McGowan says Western Australia hard border could extend into 2022

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has flagged his state's hard border with the rest of Australia will not be lifted until early next year.

Mr McGowan told Today his goal was for his state to reach full-vaccination levels of 80 to 90 per cent before he'd set a date for the state's reopening.

"That may be two months from then. That would allow everyone who wanted to get vaccinated to get vaccinated," Mr McGowan said.

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WA's vaccination rate is currently one of the lowest in Australia. It is on track to reach 80 per cent double-dose vaccination in early December for people aged 16 and over.

Mr McGowan said the state government's priority was to ensure vulnerable WA residents were fully vaccinated over the coming months.

"We have got to get into some of those communities that have low levels of vaccination, Aboriginal communities, poorer parts of the state."

He said COVID-free states had slower vaccination rates due to not receiving advanced supplies of the jab.

"We supported New South Wales and indeed Victoria and Queensland getting extra supply above their per capita share because they had outbreaks and so vaccinating people more quickly was the right thing to do, but we are going up by about 0.7 percent each and every day," he said.

"As more supply comes on, we will put in place more measures to get more people vaccinated as quickly as we possibly can."

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Mr McGowan defended his decision to maintain the hard border, saying that the focus should be on managing outbreaks in states with COVID-19.

"Imagine if it was the other way around and Western Australia was the infected place with thousands of cases and New South Wales or Victoria had none, would they really want to open to us?" he said.

"The answer I think would be no. So we're just doing what is required to keep our people safe."

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