Western Sydney delivers 100,000th COVID-19 vaccine

Registered midwife Lisa Irvine delivers the 100,000th vaccine dose in Western Sydney Local Health District to Catherine Campbell.

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) today delivered its 100,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the rollout continues to build momentum.

The Westmead Hospital vaccination clinic opened its doors on February 22, followed by the Blacktown Hospital vaccination clinic on March 30.

To put it in perspective, that’s 1440 hours of operation over 17 weeks, delivering 30 litres of the vaccine from 17,000 vials into the arms of frontline workers and eligible members of the community.

More than 4,000 bus trips have ferried vaccine recipients to and from Westmead Hospital.

The Westmead Hospital vaccine clinic team includes administration, nursing, medical, allied health, pharmacy and security staff.

100,000th dose recipient Catherine Campbell said the experience was “amazing, safe and so well organised” as she received her second dose at Westmead Hospital this morning.

“I’ve always been a believer in vaccinations. They’ve eliminated terrible diseases around the world,” Catherine said.

“I’m looking forward to normal things; just being out in a crowd without being frightened. We might still get sick but I don’t want to end up on a ventilator gasping for air.

“I love what the Queen said. She said ‘stop worrying about yourselves and think about other people’ and she’s a wonderful example.”

Catherine said she is looking forward to visiting her sister in Adelaide without fear of border closures when enough people are vaccinated.

The immense effort at WSLHD has been made possible by partnering with a whopping 98 organisations across NSW.

WSLHD acting chief executive Emma McCahon said staff deserve the highest praise for their efforts so far this year.

“To reach 100,000 doses in less than four months requires a phenomenal effort from an array of people across our district, including administration, nursing, medical, pharmacy, management and security staff.

“I’m also very encouraged to see the outreach work our teams are doing to reach vulnerable and priority populations. The current cases in Sydney are a reminder of just how important this work is to keep our community safe,” Emma said.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, find your nearest testing clinic immediately and self-isolate until you get your result.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination in NSW, visit the NSW Health website. To find our when you might be eligible for the vaccine, visit the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker online.