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Hunter hits 95% first vax rate but deaths show COVID-19 still threat

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated October 18 2021 - 8:04am, first published 7:52am

Vaccination rates have skyrocketed across the Hunter in the past week, but the region's medical controller, Paul Craven, says recent deaths show COVID-19 still presents a serious threat.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.