Tens of thousands of eligible authorised workers in western and south-western Sydney local government areas (LGAs) of concern have today been offered priority COVID-19 vaccinations as the state expands its rollout of the jab.
Workers must fall into the following authorised categories:
- health care, aged care and disability care
- freight and transport; including bus drivers
- meat processing
- food production/processing/retail
- Primary, Secondary and Early Childhood school staff
They must also live in one of the LGAs of concern including: Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Bayside, Burwood, Strathfield, and Penrith for the following suburbs: Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.
Eligible workers will receive a unique link to book their vaccine appointment and will be required to bring photo ID as well as proof of their place of work to receive their vaccination.
It is anticipated that around 100,000 workers will receive a vaccination over the course of the week.
It comes after the Federal Government acquired an additional 1 million Pfizer vaccines from Poland over the weekend, of which 530,000 will be prioritised for express delivery to the 12 LGAs of concern in Sydney.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 5,009,457 with 1,840,778 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm Saturday night August 14 and 3,168,679 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Friday 13th August 2021.
Regional NSW in lockdown
Over the weekend the entirety of regional NSW was sent into a one-week lockdown following updated advice from NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant.
The move, which was announced via a tweet on Saturday, means the whole of NSW is currently under stay-at-home restrictions.
Meanwhile in Queensland no new locally acquired cases were reported yesterday; a major milestone for the state considering concerns the Indooroopilly COVID-19 cluster had spread widely through the state's south east.
Victoria however is still in the midst of an outbreak, with 22 new locally acquired cases reported in the state today and 25 on Sunday.
Of today's 22 new locally acquired cases in VIC, 14 were in isolation during their infectious period.
Updated at 9.42am AEST on 16 August 2021.
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