Groote community vaccination rates leading

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 13 October, 2021
Notice text: 

Vaccination rates for Warnumamalya population centres, all people over 12 years, as at 13th Oct 2021

See also the attached notice, showing Umbakumba having the highest vaccination rates in the NT.

Population First vaccine Second vaccine
Umbakumba 294 258 (88%) 236 (80%)
Milyakburra 102 77 (75%) 62 (61%)
Angurugu 869 633 (73%) 518 (60%)
Total 1265 968 (77%) 816 (65%)

NT Government, Heath Department & Angurugu Clinic manager

Vaccinations 2nd Roll Out - Starts Monday 19th July

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 14 July, 2021
Notice text: 

The 2nd Vaccination roll out in Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra will take place next week 19-22 July.

Those that received vaccinations in the first round are now due for their second vaccinations, and must receive these this round to fall within the window of opportunity.

Community who have not yet been vaccinated are encouraged to come along to receive their first vaccinations this round. There will be a third roll out in a further 3 weeks – dates yet to be confirmed.

Vaccinations will take place:

  • Angurugu Clinic - Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st
  • Umbakumba Clinic – Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th
  • Bickerton Clinic – Thursday 22nd

Buses will run in both Angurugu and Umbakumba.

The CSP will provide Hot Dogs and Goody Bags to those vaccinated!

For full details, see the attachment.


Racheal Kleinschmidt, ALC CSP Manager

Community Vaccinations Update: Thursday vaccinations will be at Angurugu

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 30 June, 2021
Notice text: 

Community Vaccinations Update

[30-6-2021 6:15pm]

Please be advised due to South 32 Covid precautionary measures, the 100 vaccinations provided by South 32 for community will now be distributed at the Angurugu Clinic. There will still be buses running in both Umbakumba and Angurugu, transporting people to and from the Angurugu Clinic.

The 24 seater bus for Umbakumba will depart Alyangula at 8am, arriving in Umbakumba at approximately 9am and will lap community until full, before returning to Angurugu. The bus service in Angurugu will kick off at approximately 9.30am. The clinic will initiate vaccinations at 9.30am.

A BBQ will operate for those vaccinated!

Thank you to all those who have assisted in making these last minute changes happen.

We look forward to seeing plenty of TO’s faces tomorrow!

Feel free to call me should you require any further information.

Kind Regards

Racheal Kleinschmidt

Manager Community Support Program, Anindilyakwa Land Council

Ph 0436 691 177


Racheal Kleinschmidt, ALC CSP Manager

Police update: Not true: rumours police locking down Umbakumba + Angurugu

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 30 June, 2021
Notice text: 

[30/6/2021 Update from Senior Sergeant Tanya Woodcock, Alyangula Police]

  • There is no COVID on Groote Eylandt or in East Arnhem.
  • There are no closures of our services, no need for any extra controls.
  • Some residents and visitors flew into Groote and after they arrived, there were hotspots announced in the states they came from, but none of these people had been to those hotspots. Just to be sure, some of those travellers were asked to stay at home until they had a COVID test – and all were cleared with negative results.
  • Two GEMCO charter flights were in the air from Cairns when Brisbane was declared a hotspot. Even though none of these people had been to the places where COVID was listed, all of the passengers have been isolated overnight and are returning to Cairns today.
  • No-one who’s come to Groote recently has done the wrong thing, these extra precautions always happen when there’s been announcement from the government about new hotspots and border closures.
  • It’s fantastic to see support services in place for the extra vaccines and I hope all 100 are used. I had my second shot yesterday and feel really grateful that I can continue to work in out townships without being any risk to the people I come into contact with.

Separately, we have issued a NOTAM for the Darwin airport – only emergency aircraft are allowed to come from Darwin to Groote at the moment. Any flights other than Careflight or Police are only for Essential Workers, and their passenger list is checked and preapproved by Police and GEMCO prior to arrival.

Thanks again for your support and letting me know about this emerging issue. I’ll get some more messaging out this afternoon.


Senior Sergeant Tanya Woodcock

Officer In Charge | Carpentaria District | Northern Territory Police Force

Groote Eylandt


Alyangula Police

Groote vaccine rollout details - UPDATED


These posters show the revised rollout dates for Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra (as of 11th June) and are approved by the Clinic Manager:

Groote COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Update

Date of notice or action: 
Tuesday, 11 May, 2021
Notice text: 

From: Melissa Muller

Subject: COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Messaging - Groote Eylandt


The COVID-19 vaccine rollout was originally planned for Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island communities in late April; however, dates were deferred due to changes in the national vaccine rollout.

The NT Government has confirmed that all residents over the age of 16 of Groote and Bickerton are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Essential frontline workers and key staff of local Groote organisations will be offered vaccinations on 13 and 14 May 2021. Emails with booking information will be sent to those organisations invited to participate.

GEMCO will operate the Alyangula GEMCO vaccination program for its workforce and any Groote Eylandt residents wishing to book in, from 18 May – 2 July. GEMCO will provide further information to the community about this next week.

The broader NT Government led vaccination program for the Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island communities of Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra and the satellite communities will take place as below. Bookings are not required and transport will be provided to assist people to get to the Clinics. All people over the age of 16 are being offered the COVID-19 vaccine.

First dose offered to Groote and Bickerton residents:

  • Umbakumba – 22 and 23 June 2021
  • Angurugu – 21 to 25 June 2021
  • Milyakburra – 24 June 2021

Second dose to Groote and Bickerton residents:

  • Umbakumba – 20 and 21 July 2021
  • Angurugu – 19 to 23 July 2021
  • Milyakburra – 22 July 2021

Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, Northern Territory Government


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