This weekend, 23-24 October, all children and teenagers between the ages of 12 and 15 will be able to get priority COVID-19 vaccinations at Qudos Bank Arena and Blacktown Hospital thanks to Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).
Walk-in first or second dose Pfizer vaccinations will be available both days to ensure as many children as possible are protected ahead of all school grades returning next week.
Ropes Crossing resident Tracey Hartas accompanied her daughter Zoie to her COVID-19 vaccination last month saying the decision was “a no-brainer”.
“Vaccination is a delicate subject but our family is all for vaccinations – everyone that is eligible is now done!” Tracey said.
“There was a death in the family (during lockdown) and I couldn’t attend the funeral and that was particularly hard. I’ve missed the family interaction and family dinners.
“I just really want my children to be protected from COVID and get them back to school!”
More than 76 per cent of 12-15 year olds in NSW have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and over 40 per cent are fully vaccinated.
WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy said he wanted to see as many young people as possible from western Sydney get vaccinated.
“COVID-19 vaccination protects all ages from COVID-19 – preventing serious illness, hospitalisation or death as well as the spread of the virus,” Mr Loy said.
“With restrictions easing for fully vaccinated people and children returning to school, it is important that we remain vigilant and continue to do what is best for our community.”
Each child must have one parent or legal guardian present with them at their vaccination to provide consent.