Western Sydney hits vaccination milestone with 50,000 COVID jabs

50,000 vaccination doses in western Sydney! Left to right: Graeme Loy, Chief Executive WSLHD, Bernadette Wykes, Operations Manager COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, Nerissa Grebert, Physiotherapist, Westmead Hospital, Saskia Hartog, Client Relations Management Officer, Emma McCahon, Executive Director Medical Services WSLHD, Louise Weston, COVID-19 Vaccination Program Admin Manager.

In a major milestone, more than 50,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) in vaccination clinics at Westmead and Blacktown hospitals.

This was achieved on Friday 14 May when Westmead Hospital physiotherapist Nerissa Grebert received her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

“It’s great to see so many people coming forward and getting vaccinated,” Nerissa said.

“I feel honoured to be receiving the 50,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in western Sydney.

“We’re on our way to getting people immunised and paving the way to a safe future.”

Nerissa Grebert receiving the 50,000 COVID-19 vaccination in western Sydney from registered nurse Puspadevi Paude.

Westmead Hospital was one of the first vaccination clinics to open in NSW when the vaccine rollout for frontline workers began in February 2021.

Since then, WSLHD has opened a second vaccination clinic at Blacktown Hospital as the District continues to vaccinate tens of thousands of eligible people.

Patient Howard brown with Nerissa Grebert in Westmead Hospital.

WSLHD Chief Executive Graeme Loy said he is grateful to everyone who has been involved in setting up and operating the COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

“Our vaccination clinics are running smoothly thanks to the hard work of many on the ground and behind the scenes,” Mr Loy said.

“I thank all the staff who have come forward to receive their COVID-19 vaccination – here’s to the next 50,000 jabs!”

NSW Health is working closely with the Australian Government to plan and implement a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination program in NSW.

COVID-19 vaccinations will become available in phases meaning groups of people will receive the vaccination at different times.

To check when you will be eligible, you can visit the Australian Government eligibility checker.