NSW to begin vaccinating Aussies under 50 with Pfizer ‘WITHIN WEEKS’ with 60,000 jabs administered a week as the state seeks to catch up to Victoria’s numbers
- Mass vaccination hub opening in Sydney Olympic Park on Monday morning
- It has the capacity to administer 30,000 Covid-19 jabs per week alone
- It will be staffed by hundreds of medical personnel and operate six days a week
A mass Covid-19 vaccination hub will open in Sydney Olympic Park as the city keeps most of its coronavirus restrictions for another week.
The NSW government expects the Homebush hub, opening on Monday and the first to open in the state, will have the capacity to administer 30,000 Covid-19 jabs per week.
It will be staffed by hundreds of medical personnel and operate six days a week from 8am to 8pm in a specially-fitted commercial building.
For its first two weeks, the hub will be open to people in categories 1a and 1b before expanding to anyone over 50 from May 24.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she hopes the state can now give out 60,000 vaccines a week, helping to boost Australia’s fledgling rollout.
The vaccine centre will be staffed by hundreds of medical personnel and operate six days a week from 8am to 8pm in a specially-fitted commercial building
‘The mass vaccination centre will be able to administer up to 30,000 vaccines per week once it is up and running, that means around 5,000 vaccinations per day,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
‘The Centre, combined with the more than 100 NSW Health run clinics and hubs, means NSW Health can administer around 60,000 vaccines each week across the State.’
Victoria has now streaked 25,300 vaccine doses ahead of NSW after bringing six mass vaccination hubs online across the state.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR VACCINE IN NEW SOUTH WALES
Members of the general public aged 40-49 are invited to register their interest in receiving the Pfizer vaccine through NSW Health.
They will be contacted when a booking is available. People aged 40-49 can register here from 5pm today: nsw.gov.au/
From Wednesday 12 May, people aged 50 and over can book their AstraZeneca jab at the mass vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park, if they are unable to obtain the vaccination from their GP.
These bookings will be available here; covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility
The hub opening comes fresh from the NSW government extending Greater Sydney’s current restrictions for another week, except for mask usage in retail settings.
NSW Health on Sunday said it remains unsure how an infected east Sydney man caught the virus, which shared the same genomic sequencing as a returned traveller from the US in quarantine.
The man, in his 50s, subsequently infected his wife but no other close contacts to date.
Ms Berejiklian said she was ‘keen to prevent a super-spreading event’ given the ‘missing link’ between the two local cases was yet to be identified.
People wait to be vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Claremont Showground mass vaccination centre in Perth
It means for the next week household gatherings remain capped at 20 people, mask usage remains mandatory on public transport and indoor venues such as theatres and aged care homes, and singing and dancing remains mostly banned.
Hospitality patrons are still not permitted to drink while standing, although retail customers are no longer obliged to wear masks.
NSW recorded zero new locally-acquired Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday from more than 18,000 tests.
There were an additional six cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.