PM exploring ‘bespoke approaches’ to vaccinating Indigenous Australians

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to employ a “very bespoke approach” to vaccinating Indigenous communities, saying the welfare of Aboriginal Australians was the “greatest concern” to the federal government.

Latest figures show 25 per cent of Indigenous Australians have received their first dose with just 11.7 per cent fully protected against COVID-19.

“As I’ve said before, one of our greatest concerns, if not greatest concern at the outset of this pandemic was the potential harm it would do in Indigenous communities and to date we have been successful in preventing that harm in Indigenous communities,” he told reporters.

“But we have always recognised – as does the Doherty Institute work and their advice to us – that there are remaining vulnerable communities within the country that we will continue to have to take a very bespoke approach, a very customised approach and that is certainly true for Indigenous communities.

“So, we will work with the Indigenous health sector to ensure that we can deliver on that very customised approach.

“Frankly, it’s different in a remote Indigenous community as opposed to an Indigenous community in an urban area and so we need that flexibility.”

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