02 October 2021

COVID-19 update 2 October 2021

WA Health is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 overnight.

The State’s total stands at 1096. To date, 1085 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

WA Health is monitoring two active COVID-19 cases in hotel quarantine.

Vessel watch

The oil and chemical tanker the Stolt Sakura berthed this morning at Fremantle Port to allow for WA Health public health officials to test all crew members for COVID-19 today.

On Tuesday, the captain notified WA Health that 12 out of 22 crew members had returned non-negative rapid antigen tests for COVID-19, reporting either mild or no symptoms at that stage.

Two crew members have now been transferred by ambulance to Fiona Stanley Hospital in a stable condition for further medical assessment. At this stage it is expected that all other crew members will remain in isolation or quarantine on board the vessel, pending the test results which are expected by tomorrow.

WA Health is continuing to work with the vessel and key maritime stakeholders regarding its ongoing management.

COVID-19 contacts update

The 18 close and casual contacts of a positive case last Friday (24 September) – a returned traveller in her 20s – have all returned a negative COVID-19 test result. The close contacts remain in quarantine as directed.

Fifty-seven close and casual contacts linked to a New South Wales truck driver, who returned a positive PCR result for COVID-19 last week, have all tested negative to COVID-19. As at 9am today, 17 close contacts have now completed their quarantine with 6 still in quarantine.  

The list of exposure sites are available on the HealthyWA and wa.gov.au websites.

People are urged to check the list of exposure sites and get tested immediately if they have been to any of the sites at the times indicated.

Testing clinics

Yesterday, 495 people were swabbed at State-run clinics.

A list of all testing clinics is available on the HealthyWA website.

COVID-19 vaccinations*

There are many regional COVID-19 vaccination clinics open across WA, with bookings preferred but walk ins accommodated where possible.

The walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the 2021 Perth Royal Show (external site) remains open with numerous spots still available. No bookings are required.

Western Australian children aged 12 to 15 years are eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination (external site). Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit rollup.wa.gov.au (external site) to register and book appointments for their children in this age group.

Walk-in community clinics are available for young people aged 16 years and over (year 11 and 12) and school staff (external site). Bookings are not required but it is recommended registrations are made through a VaccinateWA (external site) account to make it easier to check in. Proof of age is also required.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (external site) is available at selected WA pharmacies. To find a pharmacy offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, visit Vaccine Clinic Finder (external site) or findapharmacy (external site).

For the latest WA vaccination figures, visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus: Vaccination dashboard (external site)**.

Border controls

New directions make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for freight, transport and logistics workers who enter Western Australia from high or extreme risk jurisdictions, based on the latest public health advice.

New directions make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory (external site) for WA’s port workers who board or work with exposed vessels.


Based on the latest health advice, Victoria has been elevated to the extreme risk (external site) category. This means travel from Victoria to Western Australia is not permitted.

Under this category, exemptions for approved travellers has been further restricted to Commonwealth and State officials, Members of Parliament, diplomats and specialist or extraordinary circumstances determined by the State Emergency Coordinator or Chief Health Officer.

Other states

New Zealand

In line with all other Australian jurisdictions, travel from New Zealand is treated as travel from an international location (external site).


To date, 162 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – including 53 Alpha strain, 15 Beta strain, one Gamma strain and 93 Delta strain.

Visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19.

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A rapid antigen test that returns a result other than negative is termed a ‘non-negative’ result, as it requires a follow-up confirmatory PCR test before it can be deemed a true positive result.

* Cumulative testing and daily vaccination data will be reported on Monday, 4 October 2021.

** WA vaccination data for the WA COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard is sourced from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). AIR is a national register maintained by the Australian Government that records all vaccines given to all people in Australia. WA data includes all COVID-19 vaccinations in WA, whether administered by WA Health, Australian Government providers or other providers (including GPs). WA previously reported only WA Health data. Note that the dashboard does not update until after 2pm Monday to Friday. A vaccine dashboard data interpretation guide (external site) is also available to help you.