COVID-19 Reaches Australia’s Remote Aboriginal Communities—Highlighting a Perilously Slow Vaccine Rollout


A woman receives a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a newly opened vaccination hub on August 21, 2021 in Dubbo, Australia. Belinda Soole–Getty Images

It’s not easy to get to Goodooga. The tiny Australian town is about a nine hour drive from Sydney, and miles from the closest two-lane highway. But that didn’t stop COVID-19 from reaching the predominantly Aboriginal community of about 250. Last week, the town confirmed its first two cases of the coronavirus. Several more people have been confirmed to be infected since.

“It’s a really small community, and a lot of chronic health conditions make the community quite vulnerable,” Bhiamie Williamson, who lives in Goodooga with his family, tells TIME. “So we’re obviously very nervous and anxious about what’s going on at the moment.”

Publish : 2021-08-26 13:00:00

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