The Harvey-BrunswickLeschenault Football Club has joined the push to boost vaccination numbers in the South West. In a post on the club’s Facebook page, vicepresident Tristan Maslin said the board was encouraging all players, members and supporters to get their COVID-19 jab as soon as possible to ensure the 2022 season was impacted by the virus as little as possible “We are anticipating that with State and international borders likely to be opening in the near future, there may be some restrictions and regulations regarding our beloved game of football,” the post read. Mr Maslin told the Harvey-Waroona Reporter the board wanted to ensure the safety and freedom of the club. “We have taken a proactive approach because of the fact we have immunocompromised people in our club and we have elderly members,” he said. “We love seeing them at the footy every week, it’s a good outing for them and the players all love having the supporters around. “I don’t want that to stop because people are hesitant to get it (the vaccine).” Mr Maslin said football in the South West was a valued part of the community that HBL was keen to keep thriving. “(We want) to keep that community spirit going,” he said. “Going to the football is a way to get away from the stresses of the week. “To lose something that can be a very positive thing because you’re reluctant to get a vaccination and do the right thing by the community.” Statistics from the WA Country Health Service show the South West is leading the way for the State with 69 per cent of residents vaccinated at least once. About two-thirds of the Harvey Shire have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Mr Maslin said there had not yet been any pushback from the community, but he expected not everyone would be willing to get the vaccine. “We as a board understand everyone has the right to chose, (but) we just want to see the broader community of the SWFL fit, healthy and able to attend,” he said. “We think it is in the best interest of the whole competition to keep the competition going if there is a potential outbreak next season. “If 80 per cent of out club get the vaccination, that’s better than 50 per cent.” Mr Maslin said he would be recommending other clubs follow in the club’s footsteps at next Thursday’s SWFL delegates meeting. The push comes after it was announced both the State’s AFL sides — West Coast and Fremantle — expected their entire lists to be vaccinated by the start of pre-season next month.