Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced over the next three weeks 35,000 frontline workers will receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine as the state begins the execution of its vaccination rollout.
The vaccine will be delivered through three hubs, RPA, Liverpool and Westmead hospitals.
Vaccine heralds next stage in the fight against COVID
Berejiklian described the moment as a very important development in our fight against COVID.
“It does mean we start a new phase and whilst the scale is not large to begin with, we anticipate the scale of our receipt of the vaccine will increase in the coming weeks and more people will be vaccinated,” she said.
Berejiklian added in addition to quarantine workers, other frontline workers who are highly exposed to the virus such as ambulance staff and health care workers administering tests will also receive the vaccine in the initial rollout.
Berejiklian said there would be vaccination hubs for people in regional areas announced soon, but she didn’t have the final details as yet.
“Everybody who wants to get the vaccine, will be getting it in due course,” she confirmed.
“When you think about it, we have a population of 8 million in NSW and only 35,000 will have access to it in the next three weeks.”
The premier said she ould not be among those getting a COVID vaccine on Monday as she didn’t fit the cohort criteria.
“I think the vast majority of us are looking forward to our turn — if I could get it on Monday I would get it, but I have to wait my turn. I don’t think it’s fair to jump the queue.”
While the vaccine is welcome news, Berejiklian urged NSW residents to not let down their guard and to continue to abide by existing health advice.
“We cannot afford to relax,” she said.
The news of the vaccine rollout comes as NSW records zero cases of local transmission and as Victoria announces an end to its five-day snap lockdown.
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