Byron Bay mayor says low vaccination rates due to lacking supply
Byron Bay’s mayor says a lack of vaccines is behind the lagging rates in the town.
Virus fragments were found in wastewater on the weekend.
Around 34 per cent of eligible people have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Byron Shire mayor Michael Lyon said supply was a huge issue, which was the reason behind the sluggish vaccination rates.
“It’s not for the reasons outlined in by our leaders in the state,” he told Jim Wilson.
“In the main it is a supply issue, we have been receiving as an LGA in the North Coast region far less supply other any other LGA around us, at 300 doses a week.”
He rejected reports anti-vaxxers were booking appointments and not turning up.
“I don’t think there’s a concerted campaign from people to frustrate the efforts to vaccinate people.
“The people who are hesitant if you want to call it that, or anti-vaxxers, even the people who are extreme, they are concerned about themselves they are not super concerned about what other people are doing.
“So no I don’t really believe that, it would obviously be concerning if that was happening.”
He said there were a lot of people waiting for their first dose.
Press PLAY below to hear his thoughts on the supply issue