Two new NSW Health vaccination centres have opened their doors this morning, boosting the NSW Government’s contribution to the Federal Government’s vaccine rollout.
The growing number of NSW Health sites complements the GP Network, which has and will continue to deliver the majority of COVID-19 vaccines across NSW.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the opening of these centres was another important milestone as NSW Health works towards vaccinating up to 200,000 people each week, if sufficient vaccine supply becomes available.
“The new centres are an important addition to the vaccine rollout and add to the more than 100 NSW Health vaccination clinics and outreach locations across the state,” Ms Berejiklian said.
The mass vaccination centre in Belmont, Lake Macquarie, which has been transformed from an old Bunnings Warehouse into a vaccine centre in six weeks, began administering jabs this morning.
The centre will have capacity to administer up to 20,000 Pfizer vaccinations each week and will employ around 100 nurses, 25 pharmacists/pharmacy technicians, and around 200 other support staff.
The new vaccination clinic on Pitt Street in the Sydney CBD also began administering vaccines this morning, and has capacity to administer up to 7,000 Pfizer vaccinations each week.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said NSW Health has worked incredibly hard to turn these vaccine centres around within weeks.
“I would like to thank our NSW Health team and the hundreds of nurses, pharmacists/pharmacy technicians and support staff who are ensuring thousands of people receive their vaccine each day,” Mr Hazzard said.
Mass vaccination centres at Macquarie Fields in Sydney’s south-west and Wollongong are set to open in the coming weeks.
NSW recorded 98 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. NSW Health administered 13,131 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 5,164 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.
There are 39 testing clinics in western Sydney today and more than 400 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week.
To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.
To book your COVID-19 vaccination, go to www.nsw.gov.au or visit the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker online.