Covid case numbers skyrocket with low vaccination rate
Coronavirus restrictions are relaxed from today as the State's fully-vaccinated rate exceeds 71.5 per cent.
However, vaccination rates on the Peninsula sit at about 60 per cent, with weekly injection numbers dropping and case numbers skyrocketing, according to figures from the NSW Government Covid data and statistics website.
Total case numbers have gone from 19 in mid-August to 131 last Thursday, October 7.
One fifth of all Central Coast cases last week were in the Peninsula postcodes of 2256 and 2257.
In the three weeks since September 20, the Peninsula has recorded 87 cases, with 62 "active" on October 7.
Woolworths Umina was listed as an exposure site last week for a total of 24 hours over three days, September 30 to October 2.
NSW Health last week revised downward the vaccination rates on the Peninsula.
Analysis of the new figures gives a single dose rate of 85 per cent in 2256 and 90 per cent in 2257, with a full-dose rate of 60 per cent in both postcodes.
The full-dose rate for over-50s is around 70 per cent in both postcodes.
For under-50s, the full dose rate in 2257 is 58 per cent, but only 48 per cent in 2256.
The figures also show the numbers of injections across the Peninsula has dropped from around 4250 a week over the last two months to zero for several days last week.
The figures do not provide any room for any other interpretation - calling into question the accuracy of the Government website data.
A first dose rate of 99 per cent for over-50s in the 2256 postcode area also seems unlikely.
The Government website gives no explanation of how vaccination rates can be revised downwards when the "eligible population" numbers remain the same.
Nor does it explain why no vaccinations were recorded for several days last week.
However, the website does state: "Percentage of the population vaccinated by residential address by postcode is sourced from the NSW Ministry of Health.
"Vaccine data is sourced from the Australian Immunisation Register - Services Australia."
Website, 9 Oct 2021
Covid Data and Statistics, NSW Government