McGowan calls for WA’s ‘share of Pfizer’ with border likely shut until April

Western Australia will likely not open its border to the rest of the country until April next year, with the state’s vaccination levels lagging behind the national average.

WA Premier Mark McGowan has insisted that the state will not open up until more than 80 per cent of residents are fully jabbed.

“Somewhere above 80 per cent we’ll try and set the date,” he told The Western Australian.

“I don’t know whether it’ll be February, March or April, I suspect it will be one of those months.”

WA and Queensland are both behind the vaccine curve at present with only 35.7 per cent of Western Australians and 35.8 per cent of Queensland residents aged over 16 fully vaccinated.

That compares with New South Wales which has 42.7 per cent of residents over 16 fully vaccinated.

But McGowan blamed the slow uptake on the distribution of the Pfizer vaccine, which saw NSW given priority access to the vaccine stockpiles.

“The states which provided that additional support to New South Wales now need to be given out catch-up supplies, in particular of Pfizer,” he said.

“You can’t have a situation where you’re penalised when you give your doses to New South Wales and you don’t get a proper full catch-up.

“We’ve done our bit, we’d like our share of Pfizer and now in Western Australia. We want to have a boost in our supply of Pfizer to make up for what we provided to New South Wales willingly.”