20 October 2021

COVID-19 update 20 October 2021

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

The State’s total remains at 1112. To date, 1101 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

As of last night, WA Health was monitoring two active COVID-19 cases, both of whom are in hotel quarantine.

The State Government today announced the next groups of industries for which workers will need to be vaccinated to enter the workplace.

There are three groups with a phased approach for workers to receive their first and second doses.

This is expected to account for 75% of the WA workforce.

For more information on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, visit https://www.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-10/Mandatory-COVID-19-vaccinations-summary.pdf.


WA Health continues to monitor the situation in Tasmania after a man in his 30s, who breached quarantine, tested positive for COVID-19.

Western Australians who have been at a listed venue at the specified times needs to self-quarantine for 14 days and be tested within 48 hours and at day 12.

Testing clinics

Yesterday, 401 people were swabbed at State-run clinics. To date, there have been 1,832,140 COVID-19 tests performed in WA. Of those, 212,828 were in regional WA.

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

COVID-19 vaccinations*

Yesterday, 22,582 COVID-19 vaccine doses were recorded in WA – 12,386 of these were second doses. The total includes 4789 historic COVID-19 vaccine doses*. These figures represent COVID-19 vaccinations at State-run clinics and doses given as part of the Commonwealth rollout**.

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

An Aboriginal Family Day will be held at the Armadale clinic on Saturday, October 23, where all Aboriginal people aged 12 years and above will be welcomed to the clinic with a Welcome to Country, food and other activities provided. Aboriginal people can attend from 10am to 4.30pm.

Vaccination information:

Mandatory vaccinations apply to the following workers based on the latest public health advice. Further details are available online.

Following today’s announcement by the Premier, Directions are being drafted to make vaccinations mandatory for industries:

  • determined to have high transmission risk for COVID-19, or are a vulnerability risk or are necessary or critical to the safety of the community.
  • and workforce deemed critical to ongoing delivery of business and the function of the community
  • whose workers would need to attend work during a lockdown or similar restrictions.

Border controls

Queensland update

From 12.01am Friday (October 22), Queensland will safely transition from low risk to very low risk. Under the very low risk settings, safe travel is permitted into WA subject to the following conditions:

  • completion of a G2G Pass declaration before travel, stipulating the traveller does not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions they have visited in the previous 14 days;
  • travellers to be prepared to take a COVID-19 test, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing also available); and
  • land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked.  

Further information about border controls is available online.


To date, 173 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – including 53 Alpha strain, 15 Beta strain, one Gamma strain and 104 Delta strain. Visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19.

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* Historic vaccine doses are vaccinations that were administered up to 10 days before the current date but were recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register since the last report.

** 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.