McGowan reveals eye-watering cost of free flu jab initiative

Mark McGowan will spend up to $20 million on rolling out a free flu jab, warning that WA could be in for a bad flu season this winter after two years of mostly closed borders.

As revealed by The Sunday Times, West Australians will be given free flu shots from Wednesday in a bid to stop hospitals being flooded with influenza patients at the same time they are battling an ambulance crisis and COVID.

Asked on Sunday how much the initiative would cost, the Premier — who is also State Treasurer — could not provide an exact figure, saying it would depend on demand.

“I think it’s in the 10 to $20 million mark that we have budgeted for this,” Mr McGowan said.

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