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Towns press for COVID Cup title

Small-town runners continue to accelerate to the finish line for western Victoria’s COVID Cup, a mock race between towns to see which can get its population to 99 percent double-vaccinated status.

Vaccination rates based on postcodes as of Monday showed a broad mix of front-runners, with 13 towns from across the Wimmera-Mallee sitting above 95 percent. 

Of particular note in the top group was Stawell, ahead of its regional city rivals Ararat, 90, and Horsham, 85. 

The ‘race’ is designed to add levity to a critical vaccination step in managing COVID-19 by tapping into western Victorians’ passion for competition and inter-town rivalries.



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Double-vaccination rates as of November 15: Kaniva 95+, Birchip 95+, Miram 95+, Beulah 95+, Speed 95+, Watchem 95+, St Arnaud 95+, Charlton 95+, Rainbow 95+, Hopetoun 95+, Stawell 95+, Harrow 95+, Goroke 95+, Woomelang 95, Murtoa 95, Warracknabeal 95, Rupanyup 95, Nhill 95, Patchewollock 95, Minyip 90, Wycheproof 90, Donald 90, Dimboola 90, Great Western 90, Ararat 90, Marnoo 90, Natimuk 90, Lake Bolac 90, Apsley 85, Edenhope 85, Horsham 3400 85, Pomonal 80, Halls Gap 80, Lascelles 80, Horsham 3401 80, Elmhurst 80, Brim 80, Willaura 75, Serviceton 75, Glenorchy 75, Dadswells Bridge 75, Minimay 65, Tempy 55. *Figures are based on postcodes, which means they differ from Local Government Area numbers.

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