Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan says the state’s borders will not reopen until a high third dose vaccination rate is reached.
Mr McGowan said he would like the state’s third dose rate to be at 80 or 90 per cent before the border was reopened.
The state is currently expected to be at 35 per cent third dose by February 5 and is currently at approximately 25 per cent.
“The advice we have is the health system is strong and ready, but the problem is the rollout of the third dose,” Mr McGowan said.
“So, all the advice we have is the third dose makes people’s resistance to Omicron stronger.
“It also makes people have a higher survival rate from Omicron, and we’re currently only at about 25 per cent third dose and so we need to roll out more third doses.”