NSW boosts mass vaccination rollout with two new centres
Two new mass vaccination centres and a large clinic will be set up by the NSW Government at the heart of the city in preparation for a larger supply of Pfizer vaccines.
Adding upon the Government’s vaccine rollout, the new sites will be increasing the NSW Health’s vaccination clinics and outreach locations across the state.
The NSW Health vaccination sites complement the GP Network, which will continue to deliver the majority of COVID-19 vaccines across the state.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state government is ready to get vaccine doses out to the populace as quickly and as safely as possible.
“In NSW, we have a sense of urgency about getting jabs in arms, because once the vast majority of our population is vaccinated, we can start a conversation about reaching a ‘covid-normal’ state,” Premier Berejiklian said.
One of the new mass vaccination centres will be established in South West Sydney at an old Coles building in Macquarie Fields. The other centre will be in the Illawarra in a former David Jones building on Crown Street in Wollongong.
Two new mass vaccination centres are expected to deliver tens of thousands of additional jabs each week.
Aside from these new centres, NSW also has the nation-leading vaccination hub at Sydney Olympic Park. Another mass vaccination centre in the Hunter Region is due to open within the next few weeks.
A Sydney City vaccination hub site has also been secured close to light and heavy rail lines in order to serve city workers and residents through extended opening hours.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the rapid development of sites is a credit to the hard work of local staff in health districts across the state.
“NSW is increasing access to vaccination in ever-expanding numbers of local communities, with hundreds of NSW Health staff expected to be on-site at the opened clinics,” Minister Hazzard said.
Each NSW Health mass vaccination centre will follow ATAGI advice and administer AstraZeneca to people 60 years and over, as well as Pfizer to people 40 years and over.