Men in their thirties, forties and fifties are being encouraged to book in for Covid-19 vaccinations after Tasmanian data reveals that women have a seven per cent higher rate of vaccination.
Meanwhile, Tasmania's latest scare from the Delta strain of Covid-19 is almost at an end, with the primary contacts of the NSW man at the centre of the near-disaster due to be released from quarantine from Monday.
Public Health director Mark Veitch said up to 60 of the man's secondary contacts had already been released from quarantine after being cleared of the virus, while a further 109 primary contacts were close to receiving their exit from quarantine tests.
He said all contacts on the plane, and those involved in transporting the man to and from quarantine, have all tested negative.
"This time next week there is noone left in quarantine from that case, which will be great."
Regarding vaccinations, Health Department secretary Katherine Morgan-Wicks said men should follow the example of famous Tasmanian sportsman Tim Paine and get vaccinated.
Meanwhile, men in their thirties, forties and fifties are being encouraged to book in for Covid-19 vaccinations after Tasmanian data reveals that women have a seven per cent higher rate of vaccination.
Australian test cricket captain Mr Paine recently rolled up for his first job of the vaccine and is in the 30 to 59 age group which is currently being targeted in the vaccination campaign, described as a "critical age group".
Ms Morgan-Wicks said the vaccination rates for this age group needed to increase over the next six weeks.
As a result, more than 45,000 first dose appointments will open up in the next four weeks at Tasmanian community clinics for that age group, which is hoped will boost the number of Tasmanians with a first dose.
She said 5,000 appointments are now already available for booking, with extra appointments added to the Burnie and South Launceston clinics
"If you book now you could get your first dose in the next two weeks," Ms Morgan-Wicks said.
"I want to particularly encourage men to follow the example of famous fellow Tasmanian, and Australian cricket captain Tim Paine to get involved and get vaccinated ...we do need men to come forward, almost 7 per cent less men than women have been vaccinated," she said.
"We are saying 'please, don't put it off."